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.
Harvesting the power of giving in the Northland.
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