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Horizons’ Unlimited Tablescapes This Evening

By Staff | Apr 26, 2018

This evening is the Eighth Annual “Tablescapes Themed Table Gala” fundraiser hosted by Horizons Unlimited. This year’s gala begins at 5:30 in the Casino Ballroom at the Wild Rose Resort and Casino in Emmetsburg.

Josiah Schmidt, Director of Development for Horizons, organized the event, which, he says, provides much needed revenue to fund the company’s projects throughout Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County. Horizons has been assisting individuals with development and cognitive disabilities for over 40 years.

“Last year we raised about $10,000,” says Schmidt. “We use the bulk of the money for rehabilitation and development projects.” Horizon operates three group homes and two apartment complexes in Emmetsburg. Proceeds from the gala fund new windows, floors and carpets. Schmidt says money raised at the gala will also go toward employment and life-skill programs for some of the 60 Horizon clients the company serves at any given time.

This year’s gala features 30 tables sponsored by local businesses. Sponsors paid either $250 or $500 per table. A battalion of volunteers is responsible for decorating the tables. Themes are left to the imagination of the decorators. In galas past, Schmidt says themes have included favorite movies or philanthropic organizations. Some Horizons staff and clients participate in decorating tables.

Schmidt says the Wild Rose takes care of the heavy lifting providing the room, chairs, tables, catering and the cash bar. “The staff is remarkable,” says Schmidt.

This year’s menu consists of pasta and desserts. Glenn Henriksen will provide the entertainment. A silent auction will take place. Auction items donated by local businesses include cast-autographed posters from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Field of Dreams,” and “Frozen.” Other items include an autographed portrait of Dale Earhardt, Jr., a vinyl album signed by The Boss and sheet music signed by Neil Diamond.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Horizons Unlimited, 2107 Main Street, Emmetsburg. Additional information can be found at www.horizons-unlimited.net.