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Auction Harmony Spotlight: Second Harvest Heartland and their Fight Against Hunger

The faces of hunger are everywhere. A friend, a senior citizen, a co-worker, a child, even a college student: hunger can be found where you least expect it. In Minnesota, hunger affects one in every ten households. Oftentimes, working families who have to choose between paying for housing and buying food. Second Harvest Heartland strives to end this unnecessary struggle every day.

As one of the largest food banks in the nation, Second Harvest Heartland feeds approximately 532,000 people across Minnesota and western Wisconsin each year. In 2015 alone, Second Harvest delivered 77 million meals, ensuring that families who struggle to put food on the table, have enough to eat. In addition, Second Harvest provides healthy food options by collecting unused produce from local farmers and growers. Last year, 53% of the distributed food was fresh.

Many of these meals are made possible because of the funds raised at Second Harvest’s annual gala, Dish: Cuisine for Change. This event includes a silent auction, cocktail hour, program with entertainment and live auction. During the cocktail hour, more than twenty local chefs prepare tasting plates for guests, a definite highlight of the evening. This past April, Dish: Cuisine for Change raised more than $700,000 for Second Harvest Heartland!

Auction Harmony and Second Harvest have partnered on Dish: Cuisine for Change since 2009.  It has been a privilege to work alongside such passionate and hard working people over the past eight years. We have been inspired by their dedication and are so happy to be able to participate in the fight against hunger in our community each year.

If you want to help win the fight against hunger, donate at:  You can also make a difference by attending Dish: Cuisine for Change on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. Remember, it only takes $1 to provide 3 meals for a person in need!

Credit: Second Harvest Heartland

Auction Harmony Spotlight: Joelle Syverson and Humor To Fight The Tumor

When you see a void in the world, do you take action or hope someone else does? If you are Joelle Syverson, you act. In 2004, Joelle founded Humor to Fight the Tumor. She initially created the foundation in hopes to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research in the Twin Cities. Little did she know her efforts would grow into an established non-profit with a devoted national network of support that provides resources and hope for those directly afflicted. Joelle herself has been living with a non-curable, recurring brain tumor for 15 years and is an inspiration to many.

After she was diagnosed in 2001, Joelle was attending a small fundraiser supporting diabetes when it dawned on her that she could do this for those fighting brain tumors. With her sister and a small group of college girlfriends by her side, Humor to Fight the Tumor was born. While a brain tumor is no laughing matter, Joelle is convinced that humor is the best medicine. Their annual fundraiser includes the traditional Silent Auction, Live Auction, and Fund-a-Need, but they also provide laughs by bringing in a comedian to entertain the guests.

To date, Humor to Fight the Tumor has raised almost $2.5 million to fund research and patient services for those affected by brain cancer. Along with the money raised, they have built a network that focuses on long-term relationships with patients, families, caregivers, loved ones, volunteers, doctors, and researchers. Through the funds raised and the relationships cultivated, HTFT continues to support research at organizations such as American Brain Tumor Association, the University of Minnesota, and Mayo Clinic.

We at Auction Harmony are fortunate to be able to support people like Joelle and organizations like Humor to Fight the Tumor. 2016 will be our 8th year of partnering with them on their gala. Each year we are amazed at what a small group of committed friends has been able to accomplish, and each year we feel the energy from Joelle, knowing that nothing will get in her way. She is determined and passionate in her quest to improve the lives of those living with brain tumors.  

Will you, like Joelle, take action? There are several ways to show your support for Humor to Fight the Tumor and their mission. You could simply follow them on Twitter and/or Facebook to spread the word. You could become a sponsor, donate to the Silent Auction or Live Auction, or attend Humor to Fight the Tumor’s 13th annual Gala - an evening to Celebrate Life on September 10, 2016!

Joelle’s desire is to impact for eternity.  We are impacted and think you will be too.  To learn more about Humor to Fight the Tumor or their gala, please visit their website.