Updates from the Board Chair
Rick Kleven, Board Chair Gilda's Club Twin Cities and Vice President Government Affairs for Thrivent Financial
It's been quite a year in the history of Gilda's Club Twin Cities and I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your continued support. As the GCTC board chair since January, it's been an honor to help deliver on our mission of cancer support.
In April 2014 we officially opened our red doors to the greater Twin Cities' community. We knew we had a vision and mission worth delivering, but what we didn't know was who exactly would walk through our doors and how our program of support would make a difference to those impacted by cancer. Today we know.
We have a vibrant community of women and men spanning a variety of ages, life situations and cancers. And the truth is, for how much we have delivered in such a short time, we are really just getting started.
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Insider's View of the Gilda's Club Program
Ali DeCamillis, Program Director
For those of you who haven't been to the clubhouse and have not yet personally experienced what many of our members refer to as "the magic," here's a glimpse of what goes on within the clubhouse.
Walking through the red doors for the first time, you are warmly greeted by Debbie Johnson, one of our Gilda Greeters. These are volunteers who greet you with a reassuring smile and help make you at home the moment you walk through the clubhouse doors - we call them our Directors of First Impressions.
As you sign in, you see a group of gals in the living room, they call themselves the Knit Wits, knitting everything from socks to lap blankets. They talk about everything from the weather to how knitting has been a therapeutic distraction during treatment.
Making Connections and Serving a Community
During our May 7 Imagine a Place Breakfast we shared our new video
featuring a few of our members, volunteers and supporters. We invite you to experience where "membership" means connection and how Gilda's Club is filling a gap in our community. Please share with your own family and friends.
Monthly Giving Circle Sustains Gilda's Club
Trudi Meloche, Development Director
We kicked off our monthly giving program at our Imagine a Place Breakfast
and It's already a success!
I hope you'll consider becoming a monthly giver too. Donating monthly is easy and provides Gilda's Club with a consistent and reliable source of funding that allows us to plan expanded support of our growing membership.
|Gilda's Club Volunteers Make Our Program Possible
Did you know most of our programs are led by certified volunteers and subject matter experts from our community?
Since opening our doors in April 2014, we've continued adding more programs and services to our calendar. Of our current offerings, only the support groups are led by paid licensed mental health professionals, all of the other activities, workshops and classes are led by volunteers.
Many of our volunteers are professionals in their field and donate their time and talents. Thank you to the dozens of volunteer instructors who make our program possible!
Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit Big Prizes: Lexus Championship Golf and Ryder Cup Tickets - You Don't Want to Miss it!
Have you heard? Not only can you enjoy a full day of golf at Rush Creek Golf Club, great
on-course events and games, and an always entertaining dinner, you'll have chances to win championship golfing at Pebble Beach or 2016 Ryder Cup tickets.
During our live auction, golfers and guests will have the opportunity to bid on:
- Playing in the 2015 Lexus Champions for Charity Tournament. This is the last year GCTC golfers will have the chance to bid on this tournament.
- Winning once-in-a-lifetime opportunity tickets to the Ryder Cup to be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in September/October 2016.
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|Imagine a Place Breakfast - A Smashing Success Thanks to So Many
Glenda Hawkins, Volunteer and Table Host Coordinator for the GCTC Imagine a Place Breakfast
On May 7 nearly 650 people listened to our members share their stories and learned how Gilda's Club is making a difference in the lives of so many people impacted by cancer. As a long-time volunteer it was so rewarding to hear about and experience our mission in motion.
I want to thank our 75 table hosts who helped fill the DoubleTree ballroom. Because of you, we raised $150,000 and gained lots of new friends and supporters for Gilda's Club Twin Cities.
A special thanks to Jack Ohmes who performed his song Stay with Me and is donating all proceeds from iTunes and GooglePlay to Gilda's Club.