Bash4Guild Achieves Greatest Success Yet

When Bash4Guild co-creators Matt Bollero and Nik Larsen came up with the idea to host an event to raise money for our Equilibrium (EQ) Youth Services –raising awareness and smashing sigma — they described it as an “ambitious goal.”

Ambitious in their own right and not easily deterred, Bollero and Larsen, along with the many supporters they helped to generate, are delighted by Bash4Guild’s growth. Over 500 people attended this year – up 100 from last year, and over $60,000 was raised for EQ.

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Emceed by KFAN’s Meatsauce, the party thrilled attendees with games, live music by local musician Sarah Christine as well as the band, Stache, a silent auction, and new features including a caricature artist and magician.

“The responses have been tremendous,” remarks Bollero. “One person in particular won a $120 silent auction item, and emailed us stating they would like to also donate $380 on top of that, rounding out their contribution to $500.” It’s just one example, he says, of people contributing additional support.

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But, Bollero and Larsen won’t be hanging their respective hats on the success anytime soon. Instead, the growth serves as inspiration.

“The event is the perfect indicator of what a large group of people can do when they get together to support a cause,” says Bollero. “Every year we do this, it’s a chance for everyone there to help fight the sigma that surrounds mental illness. Awareness continues to grow, and this event is just another opportunity to continue to break down the barrier.”

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Our thanks to event co-hosts Matt Bollero and Nik Larsen, the Bash4Guild committee, the sponsors, the many volunteers, and all of the others who helped make the 4th annual Bash4Guild a stigma-smashing success:

Presenting Sponsor: The Stable

Platinum Sponsors:  Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota LynxJantze & Dennis Haley, Janet Wanzek

Gold Sponsors: Bridgewater Bank, Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Subaru, Otogawa-Anschel Design + Build, Bollero Family, Juliet Everist, Kari and Dan Rominski, and Carla Warner

Silver Sponsors:  Standard Heating & Air Conditioning, Aura Boutique, Nilfisk, Bill Bieber, Rob Moore, and Dr. & Mrs Michael Paparella

Official Media Partner:  KFAN Sports Radio

Volunteer Photographers:  Cesar Buitrago, Jenni Salomon, Paul Fletcher

The Bash4Guild Planning Committee: Co-leaders Nik Larsen and Matt Bollero; Ajia Hagen, Anthony Theisen, Brad Reiser, Claire Ferrara, George Broostin, John McCormick, Kyler Harder, Luke Garafola, Mary Khimji, Mary Roehl, Sam Flood, and Takara Onowo

May 17, 2017

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