Harvest Ball Society

Founded in 1987 under the leadership of Patty Garney and Sandra Doolin Mellinger, the Harvest Ball Society has become the largest not-for-profit organization devoted to raising funds for charities serving causes primarily in the Northland. Proceeds from the Society’s events benefit programs and services that enrich, stabilize, and strengthen the lives of adults and children within our community.

Each year, the Harvest Ball Society designates 5 to 10 percent of its net proceeds for future needs. Spanning three decades, the Society has provided financial support to more than 84 charities.



Respond to the evolving needs of the Northland through inspired philanthropy.


Vision-Driven Tagline:

Harvesting the power of giving in the Northland.


Shared Values:

Integrity, Accountability & Transparency – understanding community needs before determining grant recipients and allocating funds, being trustworthy stewards of donor funds, being transparent in our processes

Love of the Northland – demonstrating a deep and abiding commitment

Collaboration – partnering with donors, charities and the communities we serve

Resilience & Responsiveness  being aware and ready to respond, as community needs change.

Leadership – training and mentoring emerging leaders, supporting experienced leaders, connecting to other leaders in the community

Context – respecting the past, caring about the present, keeping an eye on the future

Diversity – valuing the contributions of all

Experiences – doing meaningful work while having fun and making friends

Karla Elenz Martinez

Executive Director