Laura Baker Services Gala
Saturday evening Ellen and I attended the Laura Baker Services 2004 Gala event and fundraiser. This was a fun event for a wonderful organization. Laura Baker Services (LBS) is an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR) located in Northfield. A 107 year old organization, they provide excellent residential and educational services to their residents.
The evening started off with a social hour at the Laura Baker Center on the campus. We were able to visit with many Northfield supporters of LBS. While it was starting to turn dark as we gathered, there was just enough light for people to view the new 6 resident cottage across the lawn. The cottage was finished this spring and was built by my construction company.
After the social hour we moved downtown to the Grand Entertainment Center. The Grand served us an excellent dinner. There was more visiting, meeting several people from out of town. This was the time for people to bid on a wide variety of silent auction items. I donated a birdhouse to LBS for the auction and I was impressed to see that it sold for $250.
Long time KYMN radio owner and broadcaster Wayne Eddy handled the live auction.
Wayne is a trustee for LBS. No one does the emcee and auction duties better than Wayne. He knows how to work the crowd. Two of the major auction items were dinners for six with each of the college presidents….St. Olaf President Chris Thomforde and Carleton President Rob Oden.
Northfield, and the State of Minnesota, is fortunate to have the LBS facility here. They have a tremendous, caring staff that works with each resident to see that they enjoy life to the higest degree. LBS is supported by a hardworking Board of Trustees made up of local and out of town people. Reading through the names of the businesses and individuals that donated to the 2004 LBS Gala point out how important community support is for such organizations. I’m glad that my employees and I can provide support to this great organization.