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Holly Ball 2020

Save the Date: Dec. 5, 2020

About Holly Ball

Holly Ball has raised over $10 million from the past 45 years for cancer and hospice programming. These funds provide the little extras not covered by insurance but enrich the quality of life for our patients and their families.

For 2020, we are proud to announce that part of your contribution will also support local victims of childhood abuse and their caregivers who are seen at the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center.

Thanks to your gift, these survivors receive specialized forensic interviews, comprehensive medical examinations, client-centered family advocacy, backpacks with personal care and comfort items and immediate access to trauma-focused mental health care as part of their healing journey. This is another example of the incredible access to local health care you are making possible.

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Holly Ball 2019: A Night to Remember

Because of your generosity, CentraCare Foundation had a record-breaking event raising nearly $865,000 for CentraCare Hospice and Coborn Cancer Center Greatest Needs Funds. We’d like to express gratitude and appreciation for all of the volunteers, benefactors, sponsors and more than 2,000 attendees who contributed to making this year’s event a successful Holly Ball.

A special thank you to our chairs, Chanda Gebhardt, Melissa Rothstein, Jessica Soldner, Lily Tenvoorde and Kelly Wahlin, along with our Vice Chair Jodi Erkens and to the committee members and warehouse crew for sharing their time and talent to make Holly Ball 2019 a smooth and successful voyage.

A special thank you to all of our fund-a-need sponsors for helping us raise $135,000 onsite for cancer and hospice. And thank you to our $15,000 Fund A Need Presenting sponsor Perry L. Evans; our $10,000 Fund A Need sponsors Central McGowan-Francis Family, Faber Family - Viking Coca-Cola, First Choice, Armada Coffee; our $5,000 Fund-A-Need sponsors Marco Technologies, LLC, and Wilkie Sanderson; and our $2,500 Fund A Need Sponsors AiRCare Health, I.C.System, Inc., and Prestige Parking & Valet.

Watch and share our music video of the song “Walk Together” performed by Michael Shynes, written exclusively for CentraCare Foundation's 2019 Holly Ball!

Song written by: Scott Wachtler, Michael Shynes & Ted Manderfeld

Michael Shynes performs “Walk Together” accompanied by dancers from Ms. Melinda’s Dance Studio.

Willow Sweeney Flaherty shares her family's personal cancer journey and CentraCare experience.

2019 Holly Ball Committee

Holly Ball 2019 Committee


  • Jessica Soldner
  • Chanda Gebhardt
  • Lily Tenvoorde
  • Kelly Wahlin
  • Melissa Rothstein

Vice Chair

  • Jodi Erkens

Creative Team

  • Garrett Anderson
  • Anika Athman
  • Bill Becker
  • Julia Brolin
  • Sarah Brunn
  • Peg Churchwell
  • Christopher Day
  • Becki Derr
  • Jacklyn Gohmann
  • Kim Holman
  • Candyce Thompson

Creative - Water Features

  • Randy Schmitz

Creative - Lighting

  • Rich & Jodi Erkens
  • Duane & Kim Koepp

Creative - Construction

  • Steve Noble

Creative – Centerpieces

  • Christopher Day

Silent Auction

  • Patty Gaetz
  • Rachel Lolmasteymaugh

Social Media Team

  • Julia Brolin
  • Jacob Lundy

Technology Team

  • Dan Barth
  • Jay Burnham
  • Curtis Brown
  • Brittney Buddle
  • Josh Kirt
  • Jesse Lenarz
  • Adam Tetrault

Production Team

  • Dennis Whipple
  • Melinda Tamm
  • Meghan Dingmann


  • Jim Rothstein

Hospice Representatives

  • Nola Varilek
  • Kenzie Wilson

Cancer Representatives

  • Deborah Perkins
  • Alison Dahlin

Foundation Representatives

  • Beth Cummings
  • Sandy Spoden
  • Taylor Burchell
  • Meghan Dingmann
  • Dawn Moen

Listen to the post-Holly Ball interview on WJON with CentraCare Foundation Vice President Brad Konkler and Director of Development Operations Dawn Moen.

Photos from Holly Ball 2019
Holly Ball 2019 dinner
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Proceeds from Holly Ball benefit the CentraCare Hospice, Coborn Cancer Center and Child Advocacy Center Greatest Needs Funds. Help improve the lives of patients and their families today.

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