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Northern Lights Foundation annual Children's Charity Gala Wednesday at the DECC

Ken Larson

Community members will gather next week in support of the Northern Lights Foundation at the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. The Northern Lights Foundation will hold its annual Children’s Charity Gala on Wednesday, October 18 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. “It’s through events like this one we’re able to carry out our mission, which is to provide support to area families with children facing life-threatening illnesses,” said founder Ken Larson.

Guests will enjoy a social hour and dinner, with a live and silent auction also planned. Some of the featured live auction items include:

. Box seats to the Eagles concert at the Excel in Minneapolis, dinner at The St. Paul Grille and lodging

. Tower Stay and Play Package: Overnight stay at Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Golf at the Wilderness and dinner at the Fortune Bay Sunset Steakhouse

. Rock Out at the Annual Country Music Awards 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee for Three Days & Two Nights plus lodging

. Tickets to THE PLAYERS Championship in 2024 at TPC Sawgrass plus lodging

The Gala will also feature the Aleshire family, which is a two-time grant recipient through the Northern Lights Foundation. Tara and Justin Aleshire’s first daughter, Amelia, required a massive brain surgery less than three weeks after birth, and their second daughter, June, was stillborn after being diagnosed in utero with spina bifida.

“What the Northern Lights Foundation does for these families, including mine,” Tara Aleshire said, “it’s not enough to just thank them. There are just no words you can use to actually describe what it means.”

Amelia Aleshire is now four years old and, according to her parents, “thriving as a very typical toddler.”