Transforming Lives, Virtually!
October 2nd, 2020 7:00 – 7:45pm
Please join us 

View our Gala Program Booklet for Details on the Event

With COVID-19 continuing to impact people around the world, we have decided to move our Gala online. As you can imagine, it was a tough decision, as we rely on our annual Gala as the largest source of individual donations.  

That said, for the first time ever, anyone, anywhere can join the Gala! All you need is a computer or mobile device with access to the internet.  You don’t want to miss this special opportunity to directly impact the lives of 300 people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities while enjoying an evening filled with celebration and hope. Your support of the Transforming Lives Virtual Gala is the key to ensuring the success of our mission.

The virtual program pre-show will stream online starting at 6:45 p.m., with the main event beginning at 7:00pm on Friday, October 2, 2020. The gala will run approximately 45 minutes and the night’s festivities will be hosted live by local personality T Mychael Rambo, Auctioneer Kurt Johnson, Interim CEO Rod Carlson and some of the wonderful people we support. There will be entertainment, there will be Dreammaker honorees, there will be an online auction, and even a special Fund A Need for COVID-19 support.    

So please join us and share with your friends so no one misses this once in a lifetime experience.  Keep up to date on the program and auction here and RSVP here.

If you experience difficulty accessing the program or participating in the online auction, please contact us and please RSVP to receive the latest updates on the virtual Gala straight to your inbox and provide your mobile number to receive event and auction updates via text message.



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Stream Virtual Gala

Bid on Auction Items

Gala Details


With COVID-19 continuing to impact people around the world, we have decided to move our Gala online for a virtual experience. It was a tough decision, but our services are needed now more than ever. Even though we can’t gather together to dine and dance, we can still gather to help support people with disabilities. Your generous support allows us to continue serving those impacted by disabilities through our programs, services, and advocacy.


The Transforming Lives Gala will take place on Friday, October 2nd from 7:00-7:45 pm CST, with the silent and live auctions closing at 9 pm that night. The cost to attend is free, so please invite your friends to attend as well. Dress up or dress down – you get to choose!


T. Mychael Rambo, local actor and personality, will host the event. We’ll feature a special presentation and silent and live auctions, a fund-a-need appeal, along with our moving Dreammaker Awards and additional experiences. You’ll hear about how your support allows us to continue to be a vital resource in our communities across the Twin Cities.


We will live stream the Gala, so you’ll be able to see it on your computer or other electronic device. For our auction items, all bidding/giving will happen through the GiveSmart technology. In order to have a seamless Gala experience, we recommend that you use 2 devices: one to stream the Gala, and one to bid/donate with.

To sign up, click the “Register Now” button above and go through the prompts in order to create an account. We encourage you to register now so you can be kept up to date on changes and announcements. PLEASE NOTE: You will be asked to enter your credit card when you register. This simply ensures a smooth process if you choose to bid or donate. You will not be charged unless you do so.

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Become a Sponsor!

Make a difference in the lives of 300 people impacted by disabilities.

Targeted sponsorship opportunities are available. As a Living Well Disability Services sponsor, you will help with the funding of our mission to transform the lives of people impacted by disabilities. In addition, you or your company will be promoted as a partner in our mission.

Contact Laurie Eggers for Gala Sponsorships or questions. or 651.242.5116.

Find Out More!



Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsors



Living Well Sponsor



Exceptional Services Sponsor



Remarkable Abilities Sponsor





Heart of the Community Sponsor






Gala Underwriting


Marketing, Design, Video

Event Production

Auction Photography


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Pate Bonding, Inc., Forever Pets, Mike & Tina Douglas, Geritom Medical, R&M Clark Family Foundation, Bituminous Roadways, Inc., Comcast, Fuss Marketing, Minnesota Vikings, Tapemark, Walt & Mary Jo Roberts, 3M, Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm, Bell Mortgage, CBL Floors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Joanne Zoff, J Zac, Inc., Kingwood Management Morgan Stanley, Miles & Cheri Cohen, RollX Vans, Staples Financial, Inc., Wells Fargo

Videography – Miles & Cheri Cohen and Katie Lescarbeau, Seacrist Media Solutions
Graphic Design – Kevin Reilly, Fuss Marketing and Adam Tremaine, Adam Tremaine Design
Floral Décor on Tables – Tricia Asuncion
Wine Partner – John Farrell, Haskell’s
A/V. Lighting and Staging – Maple Lane Media


Thank you to our Board of Directors
and our Committee


Kevin Reilly


Kevin Pleasant

Committee Members

Kelli Backstrom, Peggy Eck, Jessica Freeland, Jay Johnson, Sally Manhard, Kris Olson, Christine Pratt, Jodi Radanke, Carole Lee Randall, Beth Ryan, Beth Tollefson, Deborah Vaughan

Staff: Laurie Eggers, Betsy King, Kathy Anderson

View photos from last year’s gala