Hammer Residences’ Annual “Reach for Ralph” Benefit is July 14

Meatsauce (L) and his sister Kelly (R) who is supported by Hammer!

KFAN’s Paul “Meatsauce” Lambert will host the event at our new location: The Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN

WAYZATA (June 28, 2016) – Hammer Residences, Inc., is a nonprofit serving individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the Twin Cities, now in its 93rd year, has announced the theme for its annual “Reach for Ralph” benefit. This year’s event features a multi-media program, live and silent auctions, and buffet dinner and revolves around providing a “Home for a Lifetime”.  Hammer supports 275 men and women who live in one of Hammer’s 37 group homes and 10 apartment programs.

KFAN Radio Personality Paul “Meatsauce” Lambert, brother to Kelly served by Hammer, will again host this year’s festivities. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. The live program will begin by 7:45 p.m. Our new venue has a beautiful outdoor space with much room to grow. Tickets are on sale now at hammer.org/reach-for-ralph/ or you can call Ginger Venable at 952-345-0115. Special early bird pricing is available until June 30.

“Home means different things to each of us, but the common thread for all is a place that is familiar, with your belongings, and the people that make you comfortable. It is no different for the people we support at Hammer,” says John Estrem, CEO. “This is the one night a year we invite friends, new and old, to come out to help us support men and women with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.”

The Reach for Ralph benefit started as a party called “Hammer Jam” in 2005. As the concept caught on, more people came forward to support Hammer’s work, and the party became an annual benefit. In 2015 the organization raised $190,000 in one evening to help with the funding gap for our apartment programs. This year, the goal is to raise at least $200,000.

The inspiration behind the event was Ralph Rosenvold, a lovable boy who had a disability few understood in the 1920s. At the time, most people believed Ralph should have been institutionalized. However, Alvina Hammer, founder of Hammer Residences, believed Ralph deserved to live in a loving environment, a home setting with a school that would focus on his abilities and desires to be himself. Ralph grew up as a member of the Hammer family living a long, full life until he passed away in 1995. Each year, in honor of him, we celebrate “Reach for Ralph” to support other individuals with developmental disabilities.

About Hammer Residences, Inc. Since opening its doors in 1923, Hammer has provided quality services for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Founder Alvina Hammer, RN, believed that individuals with disabilities had the right to lead full lives in a loving atmosphere where they would feel secure and develop self-confidence. Such a business model was in direct contrast to the prevailing institutional settings of the day. Today, Hammer Residences, Inc. provides residential and customized support services, including In-Home Support; Support Planning; Contracted Case Management; and Health Care Coordination (SNBC) to more than 1,300 people throughout the Twin Cities. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, please visit hammer.org.