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Saving Grace - A Night of Hope Leaves Lasting Legacy

Last Updated on Monday, October 06, 2014

Saving Grace - A Night of Hope Leaves Lasting Legacy  

Our annual Saving Grace - A Night of Hope dinner gala celebrated its 10th Anniversary by returning to its roots in Minneapolis, Minnesota.It was a wonderful, heartfelt evening of inspiration from start to finish, due in no small part to the work of event chairs Jaime Nolan and Kristy Heer and their dedicated volunteer planning committee. Saving Grace is named for Jaime's daughter Grace, who was tragically lost to preeclampsia in 2004. (Read Jaime's story).  

Our theme this year was a legacy of hope to celebrate all that Saving Grace has helped the Foundation to accomplish over the past 10 years: $1.2 million raised for education, research, and awareness of preeclampsia. Many individuals and our 2014 event sponsors - Associated Bank, Bayer, Digineer, IntrinXec Management, rEVO Biologics, and others - contributed to this year's event raising $200,000 to support our vital mission areas! 

Guests enjoyed hearing from keynote speaker Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air: A Journey through Premature Motherhood, as she detailed her own preeclampsia experience. Mobile silent auction bidding was a new feature this year, engaging bidders on over 200 exciting items.

One of the most poignant parts of the evening was the fund-a-need pledge drive to sponsor a multi-media heart health education campaign. Executive Director Eleni Tsigas was joined on stage by Jaime Nolan and Kate Hopper to poignantly illustrate the fact that two out of the three of them,as preeclampsia survivors, would die prematurely due to heart disease.

Guests stepped up by pledging almost $30,000 to make sure the Foundation's heart health message would be heard loud and clear in the near future!

The venue, a unique blend of old and new, was a train depot converted to an ice rink, and arranged for our dinner party.  The décor included personalized and highly emotive "tribute stars" that hung everywhere, each one inscribed with a message. Thanks to all who made this a beautiful evening of celebration and hope! 

The winners of the beautiful Falling Star 
quilt package made an impromptu  
gesture and presented the quilt to  
event chair Jaime Nolan.

Anchorwoman Esme Murphy, of WCCO-TV, returned to emcee this year's event and kept the evening engaging and entertaining!

Gala attendees participated in an energetic lively live auction with auctioneer Andrew Imholte of Fladeboe Auctions.     

Saving Grace ended with a note of hope for the future, as Dr. Tom Easterling, chair of the Foundation's Medical Advisory Board, presented one of two 2014 Vision Grant awards to Dr. Erica Hammer of the University of Vermont.
























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