Women Support The Red Cross While Enjoying Elegant Evening At Ruby Force Gala

Emcee Monica Hannan (right) chats with former bucket winner Paulette Bullinger (left). Bullinger wrote a novel after winning her bucket two years ago.

The 3rd Annual Ruby Force Gala was held at the Bank of North Dakota in Bismarck. The Ruby Force Social Gala is a one-night event where women come to support the American Red Cross and take a chance to knock-off an item on their ‘Bucket List.’

With 10 Bucket List prizes, each ticket sold gave the attendee one token to drop into the drawing for the Bucket List prize of their choice. Additional tokens were sold, up to  for $10 each.

One of the bucket winners was Dina Cashman. Her bucket included gift certificates and products from ‘Kittson’, ‘Lot 2029′, ‘Lillians’, ‘Right on Broadway’, ‘Hey Ocean’ and even style sessions from ‘Attitudes’ in Kirkwood Mall. It also included a full skin care kit from Mary Kay courtesy of Michelle Hintz and a cut and color from Michelle’s Salon Express.

Red Cross Regional CEO Judy Green (left) and Tiffany Circle member Beth Renner (right) at the Ruby Force Gala.

“This is the first thing I have won in my whole life!” Cashman said. ”This is elegant, fun to meet different women, and share experiences. I wish we had more events like this.”

Peacock Alley supplied the appetizers and cash bar for the event, while many other sponsors in the community stepped forward to support the event as well, including Basin Electric.

At the event, Beth Renner, Director of Philanthropy for Wells Fargo, spoke to the group of 100 women about the importance of giving back and finding an organization to support. Renner recently became a member of the Red Cross ‘Tiffany Circle’.

By investing $10,000 annually in their local American Red Cross chapters, Renner follows in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace with disaster assistance, blood collection, safety training and countless other community assistance services.

The name Tiffany and the $10,000 amount have historical precedence. The society is named for the beautiful Tiffany windows in the Board of Governors Hall at Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Ruby Force Gala Committee organized the event in Bismarck.

“It was so inspirational to have Beth speak at this event,” said Jessica Gilbertson, Executive Director for the West Dakota Chapter of the Red Cross. “She is making a tremendous commitment to the Red Cross and we are so glad she shared her story.”

KFYR-TV Anchor Monnica Hannan was the emcee at the event and reporter Kristin Clouston was live with a report as well. Musician Shawn Oban played music throughout the night as well for all attendees.

All together, over $9,000 was raised for Red Cross disaster relief in western North Dakota.

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