Lutherans in Minnesota

Gala event nets $320,000 for LSS

About 950 people gathered recently at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis to celebrate the 145th year of Lutheran Social Service (LSS) in Minnesota. The evening included the soul music of Jearlyn and Billy Steele, a number of personal testimonies about how LSS has helped people in their hour of need, and a very humorous conversation on stage between former Minneapolis StarTribune columnist and author Jim Klobuchar and his daughter, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

One genuine highlight of the night was an “auction” conducted by Karen Sorbo, who announced earlier in the evening that “tonight we will raise a quarter of a million dollars for LSS.” That comment brought a certain amount of laughter from those in attendance.

Less than an hour later, a delighted and somewhat surprised audience had given in cash and pledges almost a third of a million dollars! In addition, Mark Peterson, who is stepping down next year as the president and CEO of LSS, was acknowledged with a standing ovation.

Metro Lutheran board member Luella Zibell was given the LSS Changing Lives Award. Jim Lerberg was granted the Heritage Quilt Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs was given the Movement of Hope Award, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar was given the Movement of Hope Vision Award.

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