MERRILLVILLE | TradeWinds Services recently hosted its 20th annual fundraising gala in the Celebrity Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza.
CEO Jon Gold pronounced it “a rousing success” and happily reported that the event netted more than $54,000, which will be used to fulfill TradeWinds’ mission of "Serving people with special needs by empowering them to realize their full potential."
“Thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors, our Board of Directors, and our dedicated staff, the night was a huge success,” Gold said. “We changed the basic format of the gala and added some new elements and it looks like our decisions paid off. I’m already looking forward to working on next year’s event and continuing to grow the gala bigger and better each year.”
This year’s committee chose a “Ports of Call” adventure and offered the cuisines of Genoa, Hong Kong, Barcelona, London, New York and Marseilles at food stations set up throughout the room. Attendees enjoyed a variety of pastas, fried rice, dumplings and Asian stir-fry, spicy paella, prime rib, stuffed pork loin and an assortment of French pastries.
The silent auction, one of the new elements this year, offered a wide range of enticing items including jewelry, spa days, autofgraphed sports memorabilia, an escorted tour of U.S. Steel, and original fashions designed and sewn by TradeWinds consumer/employee Migail Guiden.
TradeWinds has been working with children and adults with disabilities for almost 50 years in its Gary location. To expand both services and outreach, the organization recently acquired a new facility in Hobart which is currently under renovation. Once completed, TradeWinds Services will move its entire operation to the new location. Expected completion is this fall.