You Did It: Bash4Guild Reaches Greatest Success Yet!
Dress in your finest and smash something? Yep. That’s exactly what we did at last month’s 6th annual Bash4Guild. Okay, okay, it was stigma that got smashed. On top of that, you helped us raise a record-breaking $90,000 for our Equilibrium (EQ) Youth ACT Services! Thank you.
Over 200 guests – both long-time and new supporters alike – gathered at International Market Square with one thing in mind: to party for a purpose. Originally founded as an event for young professionals, this year’s event committee focused on creating a mission-focused party with broad appeal.
Bash4Guild guests mingled, donned props for the photo booth, struck a pose in front of the step-and-repeat, danced to live music, gave our signature cocktail, Tito’s Bash Mojito a try, cast their bids on silent auction items, dined on a variety of appetizers, and played architect-designed games, including crowd favorite: ring toss for wine.
Our Executive Director | CEO, Julie Bluhm, talked about the impact of EQ Services on young people with mental illness trying to make their way to adulthood and the program’s critical need for support. We are grateful to Nick, a young man receiving EQ services, for sharing his inspiring story with the crowd.
Our thanks to the Otto Bremer Foundation for providing $25,000 in matching dollars for our first-ever fund-a-need auction. Because of you, we received the full match!
We remain grateful to event founders and co-hosts, Nik Larsen and Matt Bollero, for their original vision and for their continued involvement in the event.
Mark your calendar: next year’s 7th annual Bash4Guild will come your way Saturday, April 25th!
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to:
Presenting Sponsor: Riverbridge
Platinum Sponsor: Otogawa-Anschel Design + Build
Silver Sponsors: Mayo Clinic, Schromen Law LLC, Hiway Federal Credit Union, Warners’ Stellian, Kurt Johnson Auctioneering Inc., Alerus Mortgage, Todd Braufman of Latitude Real Estate Advisors, and Dr. & Mrs. Michael Paparella
Co-founders and hosts: Nik Larsen and Matt Bollero
Volunteers: Mick Anderson, Laura Beilke, Gavin Bollinger-Brown, Bridget Davis, Pete Discenza, Sara Discenza, Pam Flenniken, Mark Prinsen, Jeff Roatch, Carrie Sandgren, John Sandgren, Duane Steen, Matt Steinback, Shanna Steinback.
Volunteer step-and-repeat photographer: Drew Paul, Honeybear Agency.
Bash4Guild committee members: Rachel Schromen, Brad Reiser, Cara Kootz, Kyler Harder, Nick Cupery, Anthony Theisen, and Sam Flood
Event photos: Terra Sura Photography.