Each year, Chaska Rotary commits funds from the Chaska Rotary Gala event to benefit the needs in Chaska and closely surrounding communities. The 2017 theme was Super Heroes! We believe that to care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors. The 2017 Chaska Rotary Gala raised nearly $75,000. This year’s proceeds will support Auburn Manor, St. Gertrude’s Home and Rehabilitation Center and Ridgeview Medical Center Hospice.
This was only made possible with the help of our generous Rotary members and the following sponsors: MyPillow, Chanhassen Legion, Chaska Lions, Victoria Lions, FiveStars Recovery, Klein Bank, Charter Bank, Lady Bug Daycare, Cossette Family on behalf of Promises4Kids, Mark and Sherely Eckstrom, Del and Kay Ploen, Lars and Nancy Akerberg, Jim and Judy Dauwalter, DolceVita, Lakeview Clinic, Vista Bank, Culvers, EPS, Drazen Henke, Qualitech, Victoria Rose Floral, Kraus Anderson, ReMax Advisors West, Melchert Hubert Sjodin, City of Chaska and Town Dental.
The Chaska Rotary Gala is truly a community celebration. Not only are all of the proceeds from the event immediately provided to well deserving organizations, but the George C. Klein Service Above Self Award is awarded that evening. This year’s George C. Klein Service Above Self Award was awarded to The Blessed Bee Thrift Store. Ten years ago, Sue Mueller, Sarah Carlson, Carol Benetti, and Garnett Warner opened the store to provide help to community members in need. All of the inventory is recycled from community contributions and is open to the public. Through their profits they have been able to generate more than $30,000 per year to contribute to community residents in need in the form of gas vouchers, food certificates, free clothing and household items, and direct contributions to other charities. The Chaska Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self” is matched by the Blessed Bees who tirelessly serve our community with their generous donations and services.