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HSS hosts inaugural gala

By on June 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Human Support Services hosted its first ever Shine Your Light Gala. Pictured, from left, are HSS board member Bob Polansky, auctioneer Adam Jokisch, HSS Executive Director Anne King and Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing. (James “Tal” Moss photo)

Guests streamed in through the double doors. Laughter rang out across the ballroom. People browsed items up for auction. 

All this and more happened when Human Support Services hosted its inaugural Shine Your Light Gala on Saturday at The Falls in Columbia. 

Two hundred thirty people RSVP’d for the gala. 

“It’s a beautiful event,” said Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith, who attended the gala. “Human Support Services does a great job in Waterloo, Columbia and all of Monroe County. I’m just glad to see all these people out here supporting them.”

The event was designed to be the biggest fundraiser for the nonprofit, which usually does not put on such events.

“I believe that a nonprofit agency should always be in the mindset of fundraising,” HSS Executive Director Anne King said. “Prior to this year, we haven’t really done a lot of that. We have done some little things but nothing big. So, it’s time for us to really have a large event that allows us to tap into private donors in the community.”

More specifically, King said the event was created to help tap into private donors to raise unrestricted funds. Most of the money HSS receives from the government is restricted, meaning it can only be used for specific purposes.

HSS’s goal was to raise $50,000 from the gala.  

“We work very hard to stretch every dollar given to us by local and state funds, but we can do so much more with private donations,” King explained. “A lot of the things we need to do and want to do are unfunded by the state. So, we need those private donors and those unrestricted dollars to help the community…>>>

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James Moss