Hope Gala | Masquerade Ball
Step into a world of enchantment and elegance at the Hope Gala Masquerade Ball on Saturday, March 23, 2024! The Hope Gala is the pinnacle of our annual fundraising endeavors, which is critical in sustaining our mission to make a meaningful impact. Each dollar raised during this magnificent event serves as a lifeline, directly contributing to the crucial services and support that Alexandra House offers to those affected by sexual and domestic violence. Prepare to immerse yourself in a night of celebration, all while championing a cause that transforms lives and brings hope to those in need.
Hope Gala 2024
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024
Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Ticket sales for the in-person event are open and available. Tickets are $175 per person. Guests are encouraged to wear their best masquerade attire or contemporary cocktail wear.
Can you help us out with a donation of a silent or live auction basket/package? It could be a product or service from your business – or a themed basket you, your book club, faith group, or civic organization put together. All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible. Need some inspiration or ideas? To donate, please complete our Hope Gala Auction Donation Form. Inquiries regarding the Hope Gala auction donations can be directed to Amanda Fulk, Community Engagement Coordinator.
Pick Your Dream Vacation Raffle
Alexandra House is selling raffle tickets (only 1,500 tickets sold) for a 'Pick Your Dream Vacation'! The winner selects their Dream Vacation from four (4) different packages.
- Cancun Paradise Trip for 2: includes a 5-night stay in a standard guestroom, lagoon view at the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun, daily breakfast, and airfare for 2.
- New Orleans Jazz & Dining Trip for 2: includes a 3-night stay at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts or Pere Marquette Hotel, a 2-hour Steamboat Jazz Dinner Cruise, a dining experience at either Palace Cafe, Bourbon House, Tableau, or Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, and airfare for 2.
- Set Sail in Bar Harbor Trip for 2: includes a 3-night stay at an Inn or Bed & Breakfast in Bar Harbor, a 2-hour Windjammer sailing trip along Frenchman Bay, and airfare for 2.
- Kennedy Space Center | Astronaut Adventure Trip for 4: includes a bus tour, meet an astronaut, 2-day Visitor Complex Admission, and a 3-night stay at Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal, and airfare for 4.
* See flyer for full package details: Hope Gala 2024 Dream Vacation Raffle *
• Winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday, March 23, 2024
• The winner does not need to be present to win
• Raffle tickets are $10 each; there are no discounts
• Raffle tickets can be purchased with cash, debit card, or check - or you can Venmo @AlexandraHouseMN
• Due to state lottery requirements, raffle tickets cannot be purchased with credit cards
Can a donor use a donor-advised fund to cover event cost?
The lowest ticket price (tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible) must be paid from a donor’s personal bank account. The remaining sponsorship costs may be paid by a grant from a donor-advised fund as long as the donor does not receive more than an incidental benefit in return. Logo or name recognition in event materials is not considered more than an incidental benefit.
Here is an example of what can be paid from a donor-advised fund for an event:
- A $5,000 event sponsorship includes a table for 10 with the donor’s name or logo in event materials.
- If the lowest ticket price to attend the event is $100, then the donor must pay $1,000 for the table from the donor’s personal bank account ($100 × 10 seats at the table), and a grant from a donor-advised fund can cover the remaining $4,000.
NOTE: If a donor chooses not to accept any benefits associated with a sponsorship, the entire amount may be paid by a grant from a donor-advised fund.
Donor-advised fund grants may support fund-a-need calls for outright donations at charitable events. However, grants from donor-advised funds cannot pay raffle tickets, games, or auction items because the donor cannot receive any personal benefits.
A grant from a donor-advised fund may fulfill a commitment to a 501(c)(3) public charity. However, Treasury and the IRS prohibit using the term “pledge” on grant checks or related correspondence. Instead, the donor should reference a “donation” or “gift.”
Donor-advised fund grants are prohibited from conferring any benefits “more than incidental” to the donor, donor advisor, or anyone related to them. The IRS has issued guidance indicating its opinion that donor-advised fund grants that enable attendance or participation in a charity-sponsored event are considered to provide a more than incidental benefit, even if the donor/advisor pays for the non-deductible portion of the ticket out of pocket—which would result in the assessment of a penalty excise tax on any donor/advisor who recommended the grant or who received the benefit. The same logic and penalty apply to membership fees that have deductible and non-deductible portions.
2024 Hope Gala Sponsors
Fridley Lions Club
Carpenter, Evert & Associates
Leopold's Mississippi Gardens
Corazzo Bookkeeping, Inc.
Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram
Old National Bank
Allegra | Blaine
Friends of the Gala:
21st Century Bank
Paula and Steve Wells
Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.
Federal Premium Ammunition
Whitney Properties & Mgmt.