2020 Online Gala: Thank you to our supporters!

Dear friends and supporters of Light of Hope,

We are so grateful for your generosity and support of our “She is an Overcomer” online giving campaign and silent auction. Despite the challenges we faced this year, Light of Hope was able to raise over $130,000!! This is 65% of our goal of $200,000. We are overjoyed
to have raised these much-needed funds for the girls of Light of Hope!

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to each one of you. We hope you enjoyed our videos and pictures of the girls during the campaign and had fun bidding in the silent auction!

If you were not able to participate in the fundraising campaign, there is still time to help us reach our goal! Please go to our website to donate and to learn more about Light of Hope:

You may also want to visit the Friends of Hope section on the website that highlights how you can have a special relationship with a girl through letter writing, prayer and support for her monthly. She will be blessed to know someone in the US is thinking of and praying for her.
If you would like to become a Friend of Hope and select one of the girls, click here

Thank you, again, for the love, support and generosity you have shown the girls of Light of Hope and for making a difference, one life at a time!

The 2020 Gala Committee
Linda Lehman and Anne Boldt (Co-chairs)

2020 Shine a Light of Hope Gala Announcement

To all of our supporters, friends and family

In an effort to keep our community as safe as possible, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 18th Annual Shine a Light of Hope Gala this year. We do not want to put anyone at risk!

In light of “Social Distancing”, we would like to invite you to support Light of Hope from the comfort of your own homes and have some fun at the same time! Please join us as we embark on a Web Campaign/Auction to raise funds for Light of Hope from April 22-25, 2020. You can get a “sneak peek” at some fun, creative and valuable auction items and register now at no cost at:
More details to come! Stay tuned!!

The theme of this year’s gala is “She is an Overcomer” and it is incredibly applicable for us now as we not only deal with the coronavirus issues but also the loss of our dear friend and LOH Marketing Director, Lynn Schroeder. Lynn was extremely dedicated to the mission of Light of Hope, and to honor her memory we will be dedicating the “She is an Overcomer” campaign to her. Please consider donating in honor of Lynn and on behalf of the girls. LOH counts on the gala as its primary fundraiser to generate almost half of its operating budget. We had set a fundraising goal of $200,000 from the gala, so it is CRUCIAL that we all pull together at this time and think about how to support these girls who have so little. We need to make sure the school can keep running and focus on the mission of LOH and the essential needs of the girls.

A great way to help LOH “overcome” these unforeseen circumstances would be to still give what it would have cost to attend the gala along with any other donation you would have given that night. That way, LOH will receive all the funds directly. Another idea is to invite those that were going to be at your table to stand in the gap and give generously to “overcome” any possible reduction in donations given in the room that night of the gala. We appreciate you and your support for these precious girls!

For those of you have already bought tickets to the gala, please consider donating those funds or feel free to contact us for a refund or with questions.


Linda Lehman and Anne Boldt
Co-Chairs of the 2020 Shine a Light of Hope Gala

Thanks for a Successful 2019 Shine a Light of Hope Gala!

The 2019 Shine a Light of Hope Gala was a Success!

Thank you to all who attended or supported our successful 2019 Shine a Light of Hope Gala! It was a lovely evening where friends, family and community came together to support the school.

Because of all of your support, the girls who call Light of Hope their home and school will be well cared for in the coming months! Our Light of Hope team and girls thank each and every one of you.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors for the 17th Shine a Light of Hope Gala! We extend our sincere appreciation to Messerli Kramer, Navigate Forward, Mike and Nikki Mikan, and Dave and Sandy Kvamme. Their support allows us to continue our work to educate and home our amazing girls. We also would like to thank the families who have offered their support and dedication.

Click below for more information about our sponsors:

Messerli Kramer

Navigate Forward

17th Annual Shine A Light of Hope Gala

The 17th Annual Shine A Light of Hope Gala is on May 4th!

We are so thrilled spend a fun evening supporting the girls of Light of Hope, all while making new friends and bidding/purchasing some amazing items! Thank you in advance for supporting the Beautiful girls of LOH!

Live Auction:

Join us on May 4th and get ready to bid on these awesome prizes …

– Take a Trip of a Lifetime and visit Light of Hope in Naivasha, Kenya! Spend 4 days with the girls at LOH and and and then be shuttled off to a 3 Day Luxury African Safari! Value $6,000! Hosted by Boni and Sandy Karanja
– Take an all-inclusive Winter Trout Fishing Adventure with experienced Guide Todd Anderson to Lake Ontario! Three (3) nights beautiful accommodations at Stanley’s Resort on Eagle Lake for two (2) people. Located at Vermiliion Bay, Ontario. Value $2500!
– Win a week stay at a Private Cabin for 6 in the Black Hills, SD! Mount Rushmore, Mammoth Dig Site, Reptile Gardens, Crazy Horse Monument, Wind Cave and Jewel Cave National Parks, Rodeos, Wild Mustangs, Hot Springs Baths, etc. Retail Value $2500, donated by Jane and John Engstrom!
– Back by popular demand, a Five Course Gourmet Dinner for 12 People. LOTS OF FUN in either your own home or the Westergren residence in Apple Valley, MN! Hosted by John and Pat Westergren!
– Be a hero and bid on Minnesota Twins Bat Buddy Experience for 12! Includes a meet & greet with players for 4 children, ages 6-14. You will be escorted onto field during batting practice and will be seated in “best available” around Home Plate!


Minneapolis Marriott South West

5801 Opus Parkway

Minnetonka, MN


5:30 p.m. – Registration, Cash Bar, Silent Auction, Mystery Boxes of Hope

7:00 p.m. – Live Auction, Dinner and Program

9:00 p.m. – Social Hour on Patio

2017 International Day of the Girl Luncheon

IDOG Luncheon a Big Success

Light of Hope’s International Day of the Girl Luncheon (IDOG) was held on October 13th at the International Market Square and was a great success! This wonderful event raised nearly 13K, and had over 120 guests present, with the majority of those learning about LOH for the first time.

Thank you to our guest speakers MN Senator Paul Anderson, and volunteer Kimberly Smithmoore, for helping us tell the story of LOH and the importance of educating girls to eradicate poverty and build better communities.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to Lynn Schroeder, our 2017 Chair, and to our fabulous sponsor Rob Robertson and MEDNET SOLUTIONS, who has generously sponsored this important event four years in a row! Jambo!

2016 Shine A Light of Hope Gala is almost here!

The 14th Annual Shine A Light of Hope Gala 2016 is right around the corner!

There is still time to register for Light of Hope’s annual Gala on Saturday, April 16th at 6pm. This noteworthy event will be hosted at the Golden Valley Golf & Country Club. It will be an amazing opportunity to come together as a community to raise funds to support the girls who attend Light of Hope Home and School.

Throughout the night, guests will have the opportunity to participate in exciting games during the cocktail hour. A fan favorite, the Light of Hope Mystery Boxes will be back and this year each player will be a winner! Prizes include restaurant gift cards, golf outings at championship courses, sports tickets, wine and beer, themed boxes and so much more!

We are honored to have Tonia Hughes, a renowned gospel artist, who is back by popular demand to perform the role of master of ceremonies.

The game Heads or Tails is also back for 2016 and one of the winners will receive a one-week vacation to Vail, Colorado! The luxurious package includes a stay for four at Vail Village this summer, along with airfare and rental car voucher.

The memorable evening doesn’t end there! For the first time, there will be a Gala After Party following the main event. Get ready to enjoy the soulful tunes of Power Tap, an 11-piece band, and take pictures with friends in our photo booth.

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend the evening making memories with the community and having the chance to better lives around the globe.

Register now

It’s not too late – Gala April 17th!

It’s not too late to join us for the 13th Annual Shine a Light of Hope Gala. Beginning at 6:00 pm Friday, April 17th at the Golden Valley Country Club it will be our privilege to come together raise funds in support of Light of Hope’s general operating budget. Throughout the cocktail hour guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Purchase Mystery Boxes, or buy chances to win our fabulous Heads or Tails prize, a luxurious week’s stay in Cabo San Lucas !
  • Visit our information room and purchase the 2014 Light of Hope Year Book.
  • Sign up to attend one of three featured  Hope Gatherings!  A perfect alternative for those unable to attend the gala and still want to support Light of Hope.

Dinner and the formal program begin at 7:00 pm. We are thrilled to have national gospel recording artist, Tonia Hughes, serving as our emcee and musical guest.  Dr.Verna Cornelia Price, CEO of The Power of People Consulting Group and Founder and President of Girls in Action will be this year’s speaker. Throughout the evening you will learn about Light of Hope, its mission, and come to know more personally the girls who call Light of Hope home.

Together we will shine a light of hope!