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2020 Online Gala: Thank you to our supporters!

Dear friends and supporters of Light of Hope,

We are so grateful for your generosity and support of our “She is an Overcomer” online giving campaign and silent auction. Despite the challenges we faced this year, Light of Hope was able to raise over $130,000!! This is 65% of our goal of $200,000. We are overjoyed
to have raised these much-needed funds for the girls of Light of Hope!

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to each one of you. We hope you enjoyed our videos and pictures of the girls during the campaign and had fun bidding in the silent auction!

If you were not able to participate in the fundraising campaign, there is still time to help us reach our goal! Please go to our website to donate and to learn more about Light of Hope:

You may also want to visit the Friends of Hope section on the website that highlights how you can have a special relationship with a girl through letter writing, prayer and support for her monthly. She will be blessed to know someone in the US is thinking of and praying for her.
If you would like to become a Friend of Hope and select one of the girls, click here

Thank you, again, for the love, support and generosity you have shown the girls of Light of Hope and for making a difference, one life at a time!

The 2020 Gala Committee
Linda Lehman and Anne Boldt (Co-chairs)

2020 Shine a Light of Hope Gala Announcement

To all of our supporters, friends and family

In an effort to keep our community as safe as possible, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 18th Annual Shine a Light of Hope Gala this year. We do not want to put anyone at risk!

In light of “Social Distancing”, we would like to invite you to support Light of Hope from the comfort of your own homes and have some fun at the same time! Please join us as we embark on a Web Campaign/Auction to raise funds for Light of Hope from April 22-25, 2020. You can get a “sneak peek” at some fun, creative and valuable auction items and register now at no cost at:
More details to come! Stay tuned!!

The theme of this year’s gala is “She is an Overcomer” and it is incredibly applicable for us now as we not only deal with the coronavirus issues but also the loss of our dear friend and LOH Marketing Director, Lynn Schroeder. Lynn was extremely dedicated to the mission of Light of Hope, and to honor her memory we will be dedicating the “She is an Overcomer” campaign to her. Please consider donating in honor of Lynn and on behalf of the girls. LOH counts on the gala as its primary fundraiser to generate almost half of its operating budget. We had set a fundraising goal of $200,000 from the gala, so it is CRUCIAL that we all pull together at this time and think about how to support these girls who have so little. We need to make sure the school can keep running and focus on the mission of LOH and the essential needs of the girls.

A great way to help LOH “overcome” these unforeseen circumstances would be to still give what it would have cost to attend the gala along with any other donation you would have given that night. That way, LOH will receive all the funds directly. Another idea is to invite those that were going to be at your table to stand in the gap and give generously to “overcome” any possible reduction in donations given in the room that night of the gala. We appreciate you and your support for these precious girls!

For those of you have already bought tickets to the gala, please consider donating those funds or feel free to contact us for a refund or with questions.


Linda Lehman (612-599-5747) and Anne Boldt (612-309-3443)
Co-Chairs of the 2020 Shine a Light of Hope Gala

Thanks for a Successful 2019 Shine a Light of Hope Gala!

The 2019 Shine a Light of Hope Gala was a Success!

Thank you to all who attended or supported our successful 2019 Shine a Light of Hope Gala! It was a lovely evening where friends, family and community came together to support the school.

Because of all of your support, the girls who call Light of Hope their home and school will be well cared for in the coming months! Our Light of Hope team and girls thank each and every one of you.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors for the 17th Shine a Light of Hope Gala! We extend our sincere appreciation to Messerli Kramer, Navigate Forward, Mike and Nikki Mikan, and Dave and Sandy Kvamme. Their support allows us to continue our work to educate and home our amazing girls. We also would like to thank the families who have offered their support and dedication.

Click below for more information about our sponsors:

Messerli Kramer

Navigate Forward

17th Annual Shine A Light of Hope Gala

The 17th Annual Shine A Light of Hope Gala is on May 4th!

We are so thrilled spend a fun evening supporting the girls of Light of Hope, all while making new friends and bidding/purchasing some amazing items! Thank you in advance for supporting the Beautiful girls of LOH!

Live Auction:

Join us on May 4th and get ready to bid on these awesome prizes …

– Take a Trip of a Lifetime and visit Light of Hope in Naivasha, Kenya! Spend 4 days with the girls at LOH and and and then be shuttled off to a 3 Day Luxury African Safari! Value $6,000! Hosted by Boni and Sandy Karanja
– Take an all-inclusive Winter Trout Fishing Adventure with experienced Guide Todd Anderson to Lake Ontario! Three (3) nights beautiful accommodations at Stanley’s Resort on Eagle Lake for two (2) people. Located at Vermiliion Bay, Ontario. Value $2500!
– Win a week stay at a Private Cabin for 6 in the Black Hills, SD! Mount Rushmore, Mammoth Dig Site, Reptile Gardens, Crazy Horse Monument, Wind Cave and Jewel Cave National Parks, Rodeos, Wild Mustangs, Hot Springs Baths, etc. Retail Value $2500, donated by Jane and John Engstrom!
– Back by popular demand, a Five Course Gourmet Dinner for 12 People. LOTS OF FUN in either your own home or the Westergren residence in Apple Valley, MN! Hosted by John and Pat Westergren!
– Be a hero and bid on Minnesota Twins Bat Buddy Experience for 12! Includes a meet & greet with players for 4 children, ages 6-14. You will be escorted onto field during batting practice and will be seated in “best available” around Home Plate!


Minneapolis Marriott South West

5801 Opus Parkway

Minnetonka, MN


5:30 p.m. – Registration, Cash Bar, Silent Auction, Mystery Boxes of Hope

7:00 p.m. – Live Auction, Dinner and Program

9:00 p.m. – Social Hour on Patio