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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Foundation’s Virtual, Live Holly Ball 2021 Raises ‘Real’ Money!

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

The CentraCare Foundation presented the 47th annual Holly Ball on Dec. 4 virtually, with more than 1000 guests participating online. Holly Ball: A Celebration of Music event raised $550,000, which included a Fund-A-Need segment that raised more than $52,000 and silent auction that raised more than $30,000!

The event’s program was broadcast live from the River’s Edge Convention Center and included emcee Willow Sweeney Flaherty with entertainment by musicians Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos, Michael Shynes, David Gerald Sutton and Kidd Vegas. It also featured special performances by dancers from Ms. Melinda’s Dance Studio and Marc Sanderson of Wilke Sanderson.

Many volunteers contributed to making this event a success, including chair Jodi Erkens and Vice Chair Patty Gaetz. Funds raised will benefit the CentraCare Hospice, Coborn Cancer Center and the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. While COVID-19 is prevalent in our communities, these needs still exist – the funds raised for Holly Ball directly impact patients and families during their cancer and hospice journeys, and for those needing the services of the child advocacy center.

Holly Ball 2021 was presented in a virtual format and free to the public – this included the program, fund-a-need, silent auction and entertainment. Enhancements to the virtual event included sparkle bags by J.F. Kruse and Holly Brew by Pantown Brewing.

View the 2021 event and learn more about Holly Ball visit.

Holly Ball 2021 was planned in accordance with Stay Safe MN and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Save the date for the 48th annual Holly Ball on Dec. 3, 2022!

About Holly Ball

CentraCare Foundation’s Holly Ball has raised over $11 million from the past 46 years for Cancer, Hospice and Child Advocacy programming. These funds provide the little extras not covered by insurance but enrich the quality of life for our patients and their families.

About CentraCare Hospice

CentraCare Hospice provides comfort and dignity and respects human life from beginning to end for patients who have a six month or less life expectancy and are accepting of comfort care. It helps support people in the final stages of their lives and offers an environment of hope that symptoms can be managed, fears diminished, questions answered and loneliness eased. Hospice enables patients and their families to approach death and dying with dignity and respect.

About Coborn Cancer Center

Coborn Cancer Center is a regional cancer center of the highest quality which provides comprehensive care close to home, and an extensive range of treatment options to support cancer patients and their families. Our skilled professionals deliver outstanding clinical outcomes, a superior patient experience and access to resources and services to care for mind, body and spirit throughout the cancer journey.

About the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center

The Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center provides protection, advocacy, justice and healing to all child abuse victims and their families in Central Minnesota. It works to preserve the dignity and spirit of the child by supporting, advocating for and educating families.