Gala focus is health care for children

Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of fine dining and fun while contributing to a health care cause. Riverwood Healthcare is hosting its annual Gala on Sat., Oct. 13, at the 40 Club Banquet Center in Aitkin.  SEE INVITATION

This festive event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will feature an exquisite plated meal prepared by Tommy Sablan and the 40 Club Banquet Center staff. See the invitation at and click on NEWS & EVENTS/Gala announcement.

This year’s theme, “Once Upon a Time”, ties in with the cause. Proceeds from the gala will support pediatric care. Some of the ways the funds will be used are a pediatric gym for rehabilitation services, a bilirubin blanket for treatment of jaundice in newborns, and a pediatric positioning device to secure a child in place during an MRI exam. Play equipment will also be purchased for Riverwood clinics and the emergency department.

The entertainment will include three to four acts featuring the musical talents of local children. To top off the evening, a local DJ will play music for dancing.

Tickets are $100 for individuals and $1,000 per table for organization or group sponsorships. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Adding to the fun of the evening will be silent and live auctions.

“We will be sharing stories from several area residents whose children have benefited from pediatric services at Riverwood,” said Katie Nelson, Riverwood Foundation director. “Your donor dollars for this event will help us purchase specific equipment for pediatric care as well as child-friendly amenities for our hospital and clinics.”

Nelson added: “If you are unable to attend the gala, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Each year generous support from local businesses and individual donors plays a huge role in the success of this fun-filled event.”

Dress is semi-formal or come as a favorite fairy tale character. For tickets, sponsorship and donations inquiries, contact Riverwood Foundation at (218) 927-8286 or email