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Holly Ball 2018

Thank You For Making Holly Ball 2018 a Record Breaking Event!

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45th Annual Holly Ball

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Because of your generosity, CentraCare Health Foundation had a record-breaking event raising nearly $840,000 for CentraCare Health Hospice and Coborn Cancer Center Greatest Needs Funds. We’d like to express huge appreciation for all of the volunteers, benefactors, sponsors and more than 2,000 attendees for a successful Holly Ball. A special thank you to our chair, Jessica Soldner and our Vice Chair Jodi Erkens and to the committee members and warehouse crew for sharing their time and talent to make Holly Ball 2018 rain with excitement.

A special thank you to all of our Fund A Need Sponsors for helping us raise more than $135,000 on site for Cancer & Hospice. Special thanks to our $15,000 Fund A Need Presenting Sponsor Perry Evans; our $10,000 Fund A Need Sponsors HGA, Drs. Richard & Merryn R. Jolkovsky, the Faber Family and Viking Coca-Cola; our $5,000 Fund-A-Need Sponsors Marco Technologies, LLC and Wilkie Sanderson; and our $2,500 Fund A Need Sponsors Michele & Jeff Meyer and Prestige Parking & Valet

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About Holly Ball

Holly Ball is a gala event that has raised more than $9.1 million over the past 44 years.

Proceeds from Holly Ball benefit the CentraCare Health Hospice and Coborn Cancer Center Greatest Needs Funds. These funds provide “extras” that are not covered by insurance but make life better for our patients and their families.

The Hospice Fund includes:

  • Massage therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Educational resources on death and dying and grief and bereavement
  • No One Dies Alone volunteers
  • We Honor Veterans to improve the care provided to veterans

Coborn Cancer Center Fund includes:

  • Art Therapy
  • Enhancement program which provides women with wigs, hats and head covers
  • Integrative Therapy including acupuncture, acupressure and Healing Touch
  • Participating in research trials to make the fight against cancer stronger
  • RN Care Coordinators who help patients with appointments, procedures and treatment options
  • Support groups and education events

Photos From Holly Ball 2018

Holly Ball Sponsorship Information

Thank You To All of Our

$40,000 Presenting Sponsor


$20,000 Hospice Sponsor

$20,000 Red Carpet SponsorDesign Electric

$20,000 Social Media Sponsor

Leighton Interactive

$20,000 Cancer Sponsor

Includes 30 Total Main Event Tickets/Sponsor Reception Tickets; 3 Reserved Tables at the Sponsor Reception; radio advertising; digital billboard advertising; listed in all Holly Ball print material; logo in the newspaper ad; full-page ad in program; logo on website; listed on the big screens and televisions; logo on poster by Water of Hope feature; and Premiere Sponsor announcement made on Holly Ball Facebook page and linked back to your company's page.

$15,000 Entertainment Sponsor

$15,000 Food Sponsor


$15,000 Technology Sponsor

Boser Construction, Inc.

$15,000 Lounge Entertainment Sponsor

Granite Logistics

$15,000 Lighting Sponsor


$15,000 Main Event Photo Booth Sponsor

Tenvoorde Ford

$15,000 Dinner Room Photo Booth Sponsor

Country Gallery

$15,000 Beverage Sponsor

Sand CompaniesHoliday Inn & SuitesCounry Inn & Suites

$15,000 Big Screen Sponsor
JLG Architects

$15,000 Presenting Fund a Need Match Sponsor - Perry Evans

$12,000 Co-Sponsor
Includes 20 Total Main Event Tickets/ Sponsor Reception Tickets; 2 Reserved Tables at the Sponsor Reception with Prime Seating; radio advertising; digital billboard advertising; ½-page ad in program; listed in newspapers ads; listed in invitation; logo on website and listed on the big screens and televisions.

$10,000 Fund A Need Match Sponsor
Includes 8 Sponsor Dinner/Main Event Tickets and seated together at dinner; listed in program, radio advertising after Holly Ball; listed in newspaper ad after Holly Ball; ½-page ad in program; logo on website after Holly Ball; and listed as Fund A Need Sponsor on the big screens and televisions.

$5,000 Main Event VIP Table Sponsor
Includes 10 Main Event Tickets; 1 Reserved VIP Table at Main Event (includes private cocktail service, hors d'oeuvres on table, private food host, 2 bottles of wine, prime seating near stage), listed in program and on website.

$5,000 Fund A Need Match Sponsor
Includes 4 Sponsor Dinner/Main Event Tickets and seated together at dinner; listed in program and as Fund A Need Sponsor

$3,200 Gold Friend
Includes 10 Sponsor Dinner/Main Event Tickets; 1 Reserved Table at the Sponsor Reception and listed in program.

$2,500 Fund a Need Match Sponsor
Includes 2 Sponsor Dinner/Main Event Tickets and seated together at dinner; listed in program and as Fund A Need Sponsor.

$1,750 Emerald Friend
Includes 6 Main Event Tickets; listed in program.

$1,000 Diamond Friend
Includes 4 Main Event Tickets; listed in program.

$450 Silver Friend
Includes 2 Main Event Tickets, listed in program.

$200 Single Ticket
Includes 1 Main Event Tickets


Townsquare Media


Preferred Credit





Compass One Healthcare

Donlar Construction

2018 Holly Ball Committee

Holly Ball 2018 Committee2018 Holly Ball Committee

2018 Holly Ball Committee

Jessica Soldner

Vice Chair
Jodi Erkens

Creative Team
Bill Becker
Peg Churchwell
Audrey O’Driscoll
Melissa Rothstein
Candyce Thompson
Melissa Torborg
Joel Torborg
Kelly Wahlin
Hannah Warnert

Creative - Water Features
Garrett Anderson
Randy Schmitz
Ben Stockinger

Creative - Lighting
Rich & Jodi Erkens
Duane & Kim Koepp

Creative - Construction
Steve Noble

Creative – Centerpieces
Lily Gould
Chanda Gebhardt

Silent Auction
Patty Gaetz
Dawn Mathiasen
Melissa Legatt
Rachel Lolmasteymaugh

Social Media Team
Abby Black
Allison Schroeder

Technology Team
Dan Barth
Jay Burnham
Curtis Brown
Anya Iverson
Josh Kirt
Jesse Lenarz

Production Team
Dennis Whipple
Melinda Tamm
Melissa Torborg
Meghan Dingmann

Lily Gould
Jim and Melissa Rothstein
Kelly Wahlin

Hospice Representatives
Anika Athman
Nola Varilek

Cancer Representatives
Deborah Perkins
Alison Dahlin

Foundation Representatives
Beth Cummings
Sandy Spoden
Taylor Burchell


Holly Ball happens each year because of the hard work of many talented individuals. We would love to have you join one of the many Holly Ball event committees!

For more information about volunteering, please call Beth Cummings at 320-240-2810 or e-mail

Event Committees

Creative Team
The Creative Team makes Holly Ball a magical experience each year. The committee members start planning for the event in February and work hard all year. The committee usually meets monthly and is responsible for the event’s concept development and construction execution. The Creative Team also leads the event setup and take down.

Silent Auction Committee
The Silent Auction Committee is responsible for developing a plan to achieve silent auction goals through in-kind donations from businesses. This committee is responsible for soliciting the businesses for donations, picking up donated items, and setting up, taking down, and cashing out the silent auction.

Warehouse Committee
The Warehouse Committee is the team responsible for constructing, sewing and crafting all décor items needed for the ball. Generally, warehouse nights are held on Wednesday nights starting in October until all projects are complete. The warehouse nights start at 5 p.m. with a light dinner and then members work from 5:30-8 p.m. on projects. All crafty people are welcome. Sewers, crafters and builders — we need you!

Food Committee
The Food Committee designs the ball’s savory menu and is responsible for obtaining bids for both the sit-down dinner and hors d’ouevres pieces of the event. Once the menu is finalized, members are responsible for the menu budget, tastings and helping with any setup needs.

Set-Up Committee
Many, many volunteers are needed for setup. Generally, we setup the entire day before the ball from about 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Setup may include: putting on chair covers, hanging fabric, adding linens and centerpieces to tables, maneuvering lifts and helping with ceiling drape or lighting. We always need lots of volunteers, so please join us if you can. Food is always provided for our volunteers.

Take-Down Committee
Many, many more volunteers are needed for take down as well. We start the Sunday after the ball at 8 a.m. with brunch. By 9 a.m. we are in full gear — stripping down fabric, taking down centerpieces and tables and other general cleanup. The process usually takes from four to six hours.

Remembrance Tree

The holidays are traditionally a time of joy and celebration with family and friends. They also can be a time to remember and honor those we've loved and lost.

The Remembrance Tree and Book of Life continue to provide this opportunity. These symbols have been a part of Holly Ball and St. Cloud Hospital Hospice for nearly two decades. This year's Holly Ball celebration will continue this cherished tradition.

The lights on the tree represent the spirit of those who have gone before us and the Book of Life contains the names of those we remember.

In addition to being present at Holly Ball, the Remembrance Tree and Book of Life will be displayed in Lobby E of the St. Cloud Hospital from mid-December to mid-January. We invite you to come and view them both during the holiday season.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date for the upcoming Holly Ball benefit?
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online starting two months prior to the event or by calling the CentraCare Health Foundation at 320-240-2810.

What does the ball benefit?
Holly Ball proceeds benefit the CentraCare Health Hospital Hospice and Coborn Cancer Center Greatest Needs Funds. Proceeds go towards items that are not covered by insurance.

Where will the Holly Ball be held?
Holly Ball will be held at the River's Edge Convention Center.

What is the Sponsor Reception?
The Sponsor Reception is for anyone who donates $3,200 or more and includes a gourmet wine sit-down dinner, special entertainment and a short program. Sponsor reception doors open at 4 p.m. and the meal is served promptly by 5:45 p.m.

What is a main event ticket?
A main event ticket includes the silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and dancing with the main bands. The main event runs from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where should I park?

Valet parking will be available and is strongly encouraged. The River's Edge Convention Center Ramp also is open.

Where can I stay overnight?
A few hotels near the Civic Center offer a discount to Holly Ball guests. Call any one of these hotels and ask for the Holly Ball block of rooms.

Grandstay Residential Suites

Courtyard St. Cloud

Best Western Kelly Inn

What should I wear?
This is a formal, black-tie affair. For this year's 1920's era theme, we will be using Gold and Black with accents of Emerald Green.

I cannot attend, but can I send a donation?
Absolutely; each and every donation makes a difference for hospice and cancer patients. You can give online or call CentraCare Health Foundation at 320-240-2810.

I have items to donate for the auction, who do I contact?
Contact Sandy Spoden at 320-240-2810 or

I would like to become a sponsor, who do I contact?
Contact Beth Cummings at 320-240-2810 or

I would like to volunteer by joining a committee and/or helping with set up and take down, who do I contact?
Contact Beth Cummings at 320-240-2810 or

Contact the Foundation

Feel free to email or call 800-835-6652, ext. 52810. Get Directions.

Mailing address:

CentraCare Health Foundation
1406 Sixth Ave N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303-1901

Office address:

3001 Clearwater Road
St. Cloud, MN 56301