September 21, 2012- A fundraiser called Raising Hope took place at the White Bear Yacht Club in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The event was a huge success – $200,000 was raised!
Three women proposed the idea of a fundraiser for Matt Zechmann and Katie Hoel Schaefer, two desmoid survivors, to raise money for desmoid tumor research. It was a small idea at first. Just a few art objects at an auction but the momentum grew. Friends were asked if they might donate to the auction. Goods, services, dollars began to flow. The committee grew and the unique talents of networking, fundraising, organizing began to take shape. Invitations were designed, guest lists formed, menus, auction items, set up organized. In our wildest dreams, $200,000 was not in our vocabulary. But 250 guests attended a night that was later described as magic. Katie and Matt told their stories.
People listened. The goods that were so generously donated were even more generously paid for. There are not enough thank yous to go around. We did indeed Raise Hope for a cure!
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