Gala & Auction 

The February 3, 2024 GCMH Foundation's Gala and Auction was a lively and entertaining "race to the finish line" of the Foundation's $1 million fundraising goal for the Surgery, Imaging and Lab expansion. More than 220 guests attended the Kentucky Derby-themed evening and enjoyed a delicious meal, dazzling desserts, and shopping the Live and Silent Auctions. The evening raised an amazing $106,749 for the Growing Together campaign for the Surgery, Imaging and Lab expansion project, which is set to be complete in summer 2024! Thank you to each community member who attended or donated to help make the event a success, to our business sponsors, and to the  following businesses who served as Live Auction and Derby Bottle Pull sponsors: 
- Wolfe Eye Clinic, Dorsey & Whitney, Foundation Service Corp. of Hudson, Van Wall, Jake Pelham/CropRite, Jesco, Boulder Contracting, Frontier Tire & Tow, Precision Lawn Care & More, Titan Machinery, and Matt Wikert Realtor.

2024 Gala Live Auction Items:

  • New York Broadway trip, courtesy of GCMH Foundation Board. Includes airfare, 2 tickets to a Broadway show, and $1,000 gift card for lodging of your choice
  • LASIK surgery, donated by Wolfe Eye Clinic - value of $4,900
    Performed at the Hiawatha LASIK surgery center; evals and check-ups in Cedar Falls, Waterloo or Cedar Rapids.
  • Okoboji weekend at the lovely Bridge's Bay condo on East Lake, courtesy of the Winkey family. This 2-night stay for up to 8 is good now through April, 2024.
  • Dinner at the River - dinner party for 8, courtesy of John and Joan Schuller  Enjoy a relaxing evening with the warm hospitality of the Schullers in their lovely riverside pergola. 
  • Hold on to a bit of history with an autographed Spartan Football from the 2023 State Champion Spartans.
  • Case IH child's electric tractor and wagon (pink) - courtesy of Titan Machinery. This Peg Perigo model is built to last and your kiddos or grandchildren will be so excited when you bring it home! 
  • Grand Mayan Luxury Resort Vacation - 7 night stay for 2 adults in one of a collection of Mexican beach resorts. You may choose from resorts in Riviera Maya, Acapulco, Puerto Villarta, Nuevo Villarta, or Puerto Penasco.          Made possible by Dorsey & Whitney
  • John Deere gun safe, courtesy of Van Wall 
  • Twilight Riverboat cruise - Enjoy a two day cruise for two people on the Mississippi River from LeClaire to Dubuque and back, with an overnight stay in Dubuque and all meals included! Courtesy of Riverboat Twilight. 
  • Craft Brewery Tour will take you for special tastings of your favorite brews at Single Speed Brewing in Waterloo and Second State Brewing in Cedar Falls.  You'll get there in style with a 6 hour limo ride, courtesy of Jake Pelham - CropRite, and Red's Limo Service. Up to ten people can enjoy this memorable evening on the town!
  • Skol!  Pre-season Vikings Football tickets for six in a deluxe suite at U.S. Bank Stadium with food service included, courtesy of Foundation Service Corp. Cheer on those Vikings in style! 
  • Pizza, Pizza - outdoor pizza oven for delicious wood-fired pizza every time! Ooni Fyra 12, plus assorted oven accessories, donated by Chris and Kelly Dinsdale, will make wood-fired pizza your go-to for family meals and entertaining!

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