All Heart Gala a success, nets more than $38,000

All Heart Gala a success, nets more than $38,000

A group of Tri-County Health Care advanced practice providers pose for a photo at the All Heart Gala. They include (back, left to right) Rose Lorentz, A-GNP, CWON; Sada Aschnewitz, FNP; Alison Meyer, APRN, CNP; Dawn Dahlgren-Roemmich, CNM; Tina Hulse, PA-C; (front) Jill Wilkens, PA; and Dawn Sugg, FNP.

Tri-County Health Care hosted its first All Heart Gala on Friday, Oct. 12, at Thumper Pond in Ottertail. The event was a great success, netting more than $38,000, according to Ryan Damlo, Tri-County Foundation executive director.

Approximately 210 community members, Tri-County staff and providers, and local business representatives attended. More than 50 items were up for sale during a silent auction, and several high-end items were sold during a live auction, including a 10-day African safari, autographed Minnesota Wild Zack Parise jersey and rustic paella meal. The dueling pianos duo Duelly Noted closed out the night with musical entertainment.

Guests dance and have fun on stage during a performance by the dueling pianos duo Duelly Noted.

All proceeds will go toward the rehabilitation and sports medicine departments at Tri-County. They plan to use the funds to further their programs and purchase equipment including exercise devices to be used for post-surgical orthopedic, total joint and neurological patients; expanded pediatric rehab program; Hi Lo tables in private patient rooms and athletic training tables for schools.

Rehab also plans to purchase a neuro sensorimotor integrator (NSI), which is an HD TV touch screen designed to offer therapy procedures for patients who need visual, balance, vertigo and post-concussion therapy after injury, surgery, concussion, spinal cord injury, stroke and more. The NSI was on display at the gala with demonstrations by the rehab staff.

Ryan Damlo, Foundation executive director, and Austin Bachmann, auctioneer, take bids for an autographed Minnesota Wild Zack Parise jersey.

“What a night!” Damlo exclaimed. “We are truly humbled by the support of the community and all who came out to celebrate the success of the Foundation and Tri-County. We have heard great reviews and are very excited about next year’s event.”

Mark Pearson, physical therapist assistant, demonstrates the new therapy device that the rehabilitation department plans to buy with part of the gala proceeds. The device is an HD TV touch screen designed to offer therapy procedures for patients who need visual, balance, vertigo and post-concussion therapy.

The Foundation is finalizing the date for next year’s All Heart Gala and will release details in the coming weeks. For more information about the Foundation, visit


The Tri-County Health Care Foundation is a private charity established in 1994 by the hospital to attract and administer charitable funds for the benefit of the communities and surrounding areas served by Tri-County Health Care. Tax deductible gifts support education, technology, patient care and equipment. Financial donations stay local and have a direct and lasting impact on your family, friends and neighbors.

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