On May 19, 2007 Make-A-Wish Minnesota held their annual Wish Ball. Wish Ball is one of the largest fundraisers in the area and raised over $500,000 with 800 people in attendance. The evening included a sit down dinner, live and silent auction, dancing and a poker tournament. The amount raised this year was a 250% increase from the year before. The generosity from this event will allow MAW to grant over 80 wishes to very sick and terminally ill children.
Ben Bridge donated three beautiful jewelry pieces for a raffle. Associates from all three local Ben Bridge stores participated. Our raffle generated over $11,000. Each person that purchased a raffle ticket ($100 each) received a gift bag from Ben Bridge. Each bag contained small goodies and a gift certificate for a discount on future purchases. At the end of the evening the prizes were drawn by a past Wish recipient. The raffle was a huge success.
The event was a very worthwhile partnership between Ben Bridge and Make-A- Wish. Because Minnesota is a new market for us this was a great opportunity for our associates to network with over 800 potential customers. Within a few days of the event, several gift certificates had already been redeemed. Thank you to all the associates that participated and Sue for taking charge and putting everything together.