Night of Hope



2020 Annual Elevate Life Benefit Gala – is moving ONLINE!

Now our Virtual Benefit – Night of Hope

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Premiering on our YouTube Channel (Link)

Sponsorships still available!

The welcome and opening prayer will be by the Most Reverend Bernard Hebda. 

Our featured speaker will be Nicholas Zerwas

Nicholas Zerwas

Nick Zerwas has been told six separate times that he has had less than six months left to live. Born with a rare congenital heart defect in 1980, Nick’s parents were told although there may be a surgery or 2 that could be done to extend their son’s life there was almost no chance they would see their baby live past the age of 7.

Since that grim diagnosis Nick has survived 10 open heart surgeries including several experimental surgeries where he was one of the first few patients in the country to survive.

After college Nick worked in a forensic crime lab, served on the Elk River City Council, and eventually was elected to MN House of Representatives. Nick was a tireless pro-life advocate in the House, chief authoring and passing the Right to Try Bill, allowing for terminally ill patients in MN to Try experimental drugs and procedures not yet fully approved by the FDA in an attempt to save their life.

After retiring from the Legislature last December, Nick continues to live in Elk River with his wife Bette and their son Jackson. He works for a law firm in St. Paul and continues to advocate on the issues he cares about while spending more time with his family.


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Sept. 18 at 7pm – It Premieres on YouTube Here

2020 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Arlene Englert

Clara Dolan

Gold Sponsors

Paul and Corrina Conley

Tony and Jennifer DelDotto

David and Amy Stiennon

Lorraine Pohlen

Silver Sponsors

Tom and Ludy Peller

Mona and Steve Freeberg

Thomas and Jan Gainor

Tom and Dr. Terry Skiba

Albert and Mary Starshak

Don and Mary Chapdelaine

Murray Wolf and Betsy Atkinson

Tom and Laurie Lucking

Dave and Jenny Baker

Matt and Laura Dean

Dave and Christine Kvasnicka

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