Living Well’s 2022 Transforming Lives Gala is set for Friday, August 19th at the Depot Minneapolis. We hope you can join us. Tickets on sale now, and raffle tickets are hot off the press…

Its official—save the dates are sent, invites are at the printer, and raffle tickets are in hand! We are having a celebration, and we hope you can join us! Living Well Disability Services is celebrating 50 years this year, that means we are honoring five decades of advocacy and advancement in disability awareness and inclusion.

Why a gala? Two reasons. First and foremost, we are raising money to support our mission. But a very close second, or perhaps maybe an equal goal, is to raise disability awareness and highlight the importance of inclusion. Our gala shines a bright light on the need for quality care and showcases the amazing people who live and work at Living Well. Many of you know that a majority of our funding comes from government sources like Medicare, but what you might not realize is that the “extras” that make life full of meaning and fun are rarely covered. The gaps in funding, for which there are many, are filled with donations and sponsorships. Our Transforming Lives Gala is the largest event fundraiser of the year, and we lean on it heavily to provide services beyond the basics.

This is why we need you. You can help us build sponsorship relationships, fill tables, find auction items, and sell raffle tickets by telling your friends and network about the transformative work of Living Well’s mission. For the first time ever, we added a $50,000 level of sponsorship. And for those who have smaller budgets, raffle tickets start at $50. Keep in mind, we only have 200 raffle tickets. This means you have a higher chance of winning. And perhaps the best part of the raffle is if we sell all 200, it will equal a $10,000 donation! Many hands can make a big impact. There is a level of participation for each individual and family. We also want to fill every seat! Having more people in person and viewing online will make a huge impact on outreach. Filling the tables means more people will learn about the work we do and begin to understand why community inclusion is so important.

This year we will be gathering at the Depot Minneapolis for cocktails, dinner, a program featuring videos about our mission and Dreammmaker awards, as well as a fabulous LIVE auction, silent auction items and music by local favorite GOOD FOR GARY. We moved the event from its usual October time slot to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor shed area of the Depot and made the theme all about our 50th anniversary. You do not want to miss the party, it is the perfect excuse to get out and have fun while raising money, and awareness, for Living Well.

Since raffle tickets are hot off the press, let’s get these sold before the event even begins. Here is what you can win:

Paracas or Punta Cana? Vacation is calling!

1st Prize: 150,000 points from Radisson Rewards Americas. Use points to stay at any Radisson Hotel around the world. Depending on the hotel, this is equivalent to 2-10 nights (2 in their most luxurious properties, 10 in the most affordable ones). Whether you stay in Belize, British Columbia or Branson, or many other fun destinations, you are sure to have an amazing time. With high end touches and beautiful accommodations, you will feel pampered and posh when you use these points to travel. Go see the world in style! Big thanks to Radisson Americas for this incredible package.

2nd Prize: $500 Gift Card to Parasole Restaurants (Good at Manny’s, Salut, Pittsburgh Blue, Good Earth, The Living Room & Prohibition) + $200 Gift Card to Let’s Dish. This package helps you enjoy dining out AND dinner at home!Big thanks to Beth Ryan, Program Manager at Living Well who has been with the company for 30 years, for the Parasole gift card. If Manny’s has been on your “Gotta Get There” restaurant list, this is the raffle ticket for you. With $500 to spend you can go all out at Pittsburgh Blue, spend it all on Scotch at Prohibition, or stretch it out with a few trips to Good Earth. No matter how you use it, you will have a blast.

Make at home meals that taster amazing!

Next up is local favorite Let’s Dish! From their freezers to yours, swing by any of their stores or shop online for a better way to make your day (and your meals). The freezers at Let’s Dish are stocked with craveable ‘barely lift a finger’ meals, sides, apps and desserts. Most are freezer-to-cook in less than 30 minutes and all are easy enough for anyone to make. They have curated a wide variety of refreshingly affordable options that are easy to shop in-store, or online, filtering by protein and dietary preferences. Let’s Dish! is a small local company committed to making mealtime simpler and tastier for busy families. Enjoy fabulous food fast. Available at 5 locations in the Metro (Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Prior Lake and Woodbury). Owner Darcy Olson is a gem, and we are grateful for this donation.

Full array of cuts and a great selection of meats.

3rd Prize: $100 Gift Card to Hometown Meats. Hometown Meats is locally owned and operated in Inver Grove Heights. Choose from high quality choice cut meats and deli items as well as fresh sandwiches and wraps made to order. Their goal is to offer high quality products, at reasonable prices, while helping the community they live in. Living Well had them cater our employee recognition party a few weeks ago, and the food was fantastic! Whether you are feeding your family, grilling out, or entertaining—they have all the right cuts and varieties you are searching for! They will happily special order any cut of meat that you may be looking for.

You can buy your raffle tickets, or purchase tickets or tables, online with the link below. Interested in sponsorship, or know someone who might be? Please contact Heather Heier at

As always, we appreciate your advocacy and support. We look forward to celebrating with you on Friday, August 19, 2022. And to the raffle donors and auction donors to come, thank you for your continued generosity. Each and every donation has a direct impact on the people we serve and those who serve them. We cannot do it without all of you. Your time, treasure and talents are appreciated.

Buy Raffle Tickets & Purchase Tables and Gala Tickets Here