Ruth's House



15th Annual Ruth’s House HEARTS GALA 2018


Ruth’s House withstands the wear and tear of up to 27 people each day plus the added challenge of upkeep on a home built over 100 years ago.

Repairs Completed since the 2017 Gala

Repair Needs for Ruth’s House

The 15th Annual Ruth’s House Hearts Gala Fundraiser will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the American Legion in Faribault. Invitations have been mailed. If you would like to attend and are not on our mailing list, or for some reason did not receive an invitation in the mail, PLEASE email us at: or use the convenient online form below to purchase your tickets with a credit card.

Gala Invitation and Gala Poster
Still Needed: Volunteers to help set up and tear down the afternoon and/or evening of the Gala. Email if you can help:

The Live and Silent Auction Items List is growing!

Tickets: $60/person; $600/Corporate Table seating ten
Doors open at 5:30pm
Meal choices: Prime Rib Dinner or Pasta Dinner
RSVP by January 31, 2018

Theme and Decorations

It’s the HEARTS GALA! Once again the Decorating Committee will transform the American Legion in Faribault into “Party Central” focusing on the traditional Valentine’s Day colors of red, white, and black PLUS “Glam and Glitter.” Dress in your favorite comfortable party clothes and plan to sit with friends at the tables seating 8-10 people.

dessert auction

The Dessert Auction

The Dessert Auction is a signature event at the Ruth’s House Gala. This popular and competitive auction kicks off the evening and is your opportunity to either provide dessert for your table or take a dessert home for your family. Once you see the artful display of tempting cakes, cookies, and other sweets from local bakeries as well as local home bakers, you will have to make the difficult decision of which ones not to bid on! As the auction draws to a close the friendly bidding wars heat up until the lucky winners are declared. Since its inception the Dessert Auction has provided a significant portion of the monies raised during the Gala.


The Wine Wall

Three bottles of wine, each valued at $50+, will be scattered among the bottles of red wine (red mylar wrapping) and white wines (silver mylar wrapping) displayed in the Wine Wall this year. Purchase your tickets at the Wine Wall table, identify the bottles you hope to win, and then drop a ticket into the bucket  linked to  that bottle. With over thirty bottles to choose from your chances of winning are quite good.

2018 Gala Committee

The 2018 Gala Committee has been meeting for the past few months to plan another fun and successful Gala to raise funds for Ruth’s House.

Committee Members: Lynn Pohlman (chair), Kari Boldt, Chuck Budde, Desiree Caballero, Annie Clack, Joyce Elsen, Suzzanne Fox,  Marcy Goss, Matt Gustafson, Ruth Hickey, Pat Johnson, Samantha Lane, Rose Leifeld-Brennan, Sue Rodman, Jennifer Sorg, Jordyn Swanson, Wendy Swanson, Kathy Tonolli, Jeanne Ullian.

Live Auction Items

Disney World Condo for a Week+

Live Auction Item – One week’s stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Orlando, Florida. This two-bedroom unit sleeps up to six people; has a full kitchen; has access to resort pools; is eligible for free transportation to and from the airport to the resort and all the parks–and SO MUCH MORE. This seven-night stay must be taken in 2018. Does not include airfare or park passes. For more information see this flyer.

Mickey Mouse photo

Crown Point Resort Condo+

Live Auction Item – Crown Point Resort in the Ozarks Condo for a week donated by Crown Point ResortCrown Point photo


Live Auction Item – Minnesota Gophers Fanbulance Experience donated by Faribault Gopher Fans. Board the Fanbulance for an exciting day of tailgating and watching the “Row The Boat” Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.Fanblance photo

Bloom Floral Arrangement a Month+

Live Auction Item – One flower arrangement a month for one year donated by Bloom Floral Designs in Faribault. Surprise someone you love or enjoy these monthly flowers yourself.
Photo of Roses

Sunset Salon+

Live Auction Item – Treat yourself or someone you love to six pedicures and six facials over the next year. Donated by Sunset Salon.Sunset Salon logo

Minnesota Wild Suite+

Cheer for the Minnesota Wild from the Wells Fargo Corporate Suite, which seats 18 Wild fans. Package also includes two free parking passes along with a signed jersey from ZACH PARISE.MN Wild Logo

Dinner for Ten with Chef LaBeau+

Live Auction Item – Dinner for 10 catered at your house by Chef Jeff LaBeau of the Depot Bar & Grill in Faribault. Donated by Chef LaBeau. Ruth Hickey, Director of Ruth’s House, might just be one of the servers at this dinner!Chef Jeff LaBeau

Marco Island Condo for a Week+

Marco Island Condo

Live Auction Item – A Week in Paradise on Marco Island, Florida. Enjoy this main floor, two-bedroom condo sleeping six. South Beach Public Access just across the street. Additional photos and detail on this flyer.

Silent Auction Items

Becker Woodcraft Framed Mirror+

Becker Woodcraft handcrafted Spalted American Elm Framed Mirror. Outside framed measurement is 18″ x 40″Becker Mirror

Note Cards from Angell's Images+

Assortment of seventy-eight wildlife (birds, flowers, animals, scenes) note cards from Angell’s Images– a Faribault small business. Photographs by Dave Angell.

Angell Image

Studio 14 Rusk Blow Dryer&Spray+

Rusk (1875 watt) 7-speed Deepshine Dryer and Redken Finishing Spray donated by Studio 14 Salon & Spa.

Studio 14 logo

Day at Canterbury Park+

Canterbury Park DAY AT THE RACES certificate. Includes admission, seating, and buffet for four.Canerbury Park

Fit for Life 3-month Membership+

Fit for Life 3-month Family MembershipFit for Life logo

Wrap by Annie Belle Creations+

Annie Belle WrapHooded Wrap Jacket made using a  lightweight wool blanket from the Faribault Woolen Mill from Annie Belle Creations. Donated by Lu Ann Heyer. Annie Belle Creations has become a destination for seekers of not only woolen goods but interesting handmade and repurposed items, from far away or as close as your backyard.

Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary's+

Shattuck St. Mary's logoOne night stay at The Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

Keepsake Box-Becker Woodcraft+

Handmade Keepsake/Jewelry Box by Chris Becker of Becker Woodcraft

Pontoon Cruise - Shields Lake+

Pontoon cartoonPontoon Cruise on Shields Lake for 4-6 people with snacks (cheese and crackers). Donated by Rick and Joyce Elsen.

Rainey Painted Rock+

Rainey RockPainted rock by Shirley Rainey

Bag by Janet Tangren+

Wool bag made and donated by Janet Tangren. Wool is from the Faribault Woolen Mill. The matching throw in this photo is a separate auction item.Tangren throw and bag

Throw by Janet Tangren+

Wool throw made and donated by Janet Tangren. Wool is from the Faribault Woolen Mill. The matching bag in this photo is a separate auction item.Tangren throw and bag

Wooden Train+

Wooden Train donated by Friends of Ruth’s House

Singing Valentine by Lakelanders+

A Singing Valentine for Someone Special. Singing valentines are delivered by a quartet that shows up just about anywhere in a 25 (or so) mile radius on Valentines day, February 14th, 2018. The smartly dressed barbershop quartet will bring a card, a rose, and sing two traditional love songs in tight barbershop harmony. The a capella gift can be delivered to anyone (man, woman, child, group), but the delivery window depends on logistics of the other valentines we have to deliver; morning or evening can be requested.


Surly Brewing Pkg+

SurlyBrewingCoSurly Brewing Collection: $20 gift card, hat, and pint glasses.

Lularoe Clothing+

LularoeSimplyComfortableLularoe clothing donated by Jennifer Reside

MN Landscape Arboretum Passes+

MinnesotaLandscapeArboretumFour VIP passes to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Lupine Items for Your Dog+

LupinePetLupine Dog collar and leash

Prairie's Edge Casino Pkg+

Prairie's Edge Casino Resort logoOne-night stay at Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort. Standard room; mid-week. $25 food certificate.

Kerfoot Canopy Tour+

Kerfoot LogoKerfoot Canopy Tour Gift Certificate. This 14-zip line experience will engage you for about 2.5 hours. Located in Henderson, Minnesota.

Badger Balm+

Badger Balm logoBadger Balm Gift Item

Zensational Spiritual Reading+

Zensational llogoZensational Spiritual Reading. Donated by Miki Orr, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Reiki Master Teacher and Spiritual Psychic Medium

Night at Jackpot Junction+

JackpotJunction logoOne night standard room Sunday-Thursday at Jackpot Junction Casino Motel in Morton, Minnesota

Northshore Scenic Railroad+

duluth-zephyr-logoFamily 4-pack; 90-minute Duluth Zephyr excursion on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. The Duluth Zephyr is our most popular trip! Great for all ages. Route is through downtown, along the shoreline of Lake Superior, through the historic Congdon Neighborhood wooded area, and up the shore to the Lester River, where the train stops to return to the Depot.

Grand Slam Pkg+

Grand_Slam_BannerGrand Slam in Burnsville package includes two 3-hour passes, six arcade credits, and one soft drink.

Saint Paul Saints Tickets+

SaintPaulsaints logoTwo tickets to a St. Paul Saints game in May or June 2018.

Judy's Floral Design Certificate+

judysfloraldesignlogoFour $10 gift certificates to Judy’s Floral Design in Northfield.

Faribault Daily News Pkg+

FDailyNews logoFaribo-opoly game and Historical Newspaper Pages Book donated by the Faribault Daily News

Subway Gift Certificates+

subway logoFour sandwich platter gift certificates donated by Subway in Faribault

Northfield Golf Club Pkg+

Four 18-hole passes donated by the Northfield Golf Club

Mall of America Passes+

Mall of America signTwo unlimited Ride Passes and two passes to Moose Mountain at the Mall of America. Option to exchange for 2018 Coupon Book.

Imminent Brewing Pkg+

Imminent Brewing logoImminent Brewing in Northfield package includes: t-shirt, pint glass, and coupon for a Growler with three refills.

Signature Bar and Grill Cert+

Signature Bar & Grill logoTwo $20 gift cards donated by the Signature Bar and Grill

CCS Cleaning Restoration Cert+

CCS Cleaning & Restoration gift certificate. CCS cleans carpets, upholstery, tile and grout.


Chuck and Don's Pet Gift Basket+

Gift basket from Chuck and Don’s Pet Food and Supplies in NorthfieldChuck & Don's Gift Basket Photo

Doll House+

Log cabin doll house donated by Deb Sorgdollhouse

Italian Themed Gift Basket+

Fun filled basket of Italian goodies donated by Kathleen Neirby and Karen LarsonItalian gift basket

MN Wild Tickets & Gift Card+

MN Wild LogoFlyer with Details


Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
Two tickets Section 222, Row 3 Seats 13 &14
Plus: A $50 gift card that can be used at the Xcel Center for food, drinks or in Hockey Lodge.

MN Wild Tickets & Gift Card+

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
Two tickets Section 222, Row 3 Seats 11 & 12
Plus: A $50 gift card that can be used at the Xcel Center for food, drinks or in Hockey Lodge

Flyer with Details

MN Wild Logo

Portable Gas Grill+

Portable Gas Grill (Element) donated by Quality Appliance in FaribaultQuality Appliance

Firehouse Liquor-Bottle of Wine+

Bottle of wine donated by Firehouse Liquorwine bottle

Porterhouse/Chianti Grill cert+

Gift certificates (3) Use at Chianti Grill (fine Italian dining) or Porterhouse Steak and Seafood

Faribault Parks&Rec cert+

Two items:

Fourteen visit pass to the Faribault Community Center or Washington Recreation Center Group Exercise classes

Ten tickets to the Faribault Family Aquatic Center 2018 Season

FBO Parks and Recreation