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Looking for a fun time and a good cause?

Heartland Family Service will host its “Strike a Chord” gala on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs with the goal to raise $95,000.

This is the second largest fundraising event of the year for Heartland Family Service, and the only annual event with all proceeds benefiting its programs in southwest Iowa.

For the 15th annual gala, “Strike a Cord,” is looking to surpass 2018’s amount of nearly $89,000.

“We help a lot of people each year, and hearing how far they’ve come is really great,” said Charli Hathcox, communications director for Heartland Family Service. “We’re excited to share that with the community.”

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber will lead the night as the master of ceremonies with events like: musical performers “Harman Duo,” live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, games, dinner and awards.

The American Fundraising Foundation in particular donated a trip to the island country Aruba for the live auction.

Awards will be presented to two individuals involved with Heartland Family Service.

The first award is “salute to achievement.” This honor is given to a current or former client that completed one or more of the provided classes. This year a video will be shown of the client who had successfully completed four programs.

The second award, “salute to leadership,” is presented to a family or individual that had exemplified their leadership skills in the community. This year the award will recognize Glenwood attorney, Dawn Landon.

“It’s a great chance to support all of the services and programs we provide the community,” Hathcox said.

Programs provided in southwest Iowa include: K-12 therapeutic school for students with major mental health diagnoses, housing and support services for homeless families; professional mental health counseling for children and their parents, community prevention education and treatment for substance abuse or gambling problems.

Individual tickets are $80, or $800 to sponsor a table.

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