OMAHA, Neb. – Plans are underway for the 2021 “Carnival of Love” Gala. The theme is “Share the Light.” In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the safety of the community in mind, Heartland Family Service is hosting the “Carnival of Love” Gala as a virtual event.

The virtual celebration will start on Friday, February 20, and run through Saturday, February 26. The week-long event will feature a silent auction, a live auction, and “Hope for Families.” Throughout the week, stories will be shared about the work Heartland Family Service provides, highlighting sponsors, as well as sharing some of the agency’s success stories.

In lieu of tickets and table options, HFS is requesting businesses and individuals purchase a sponsorship or apply their support toward the silent and live auctions during the week-long online event.

Since April of 2020, the demand for our services, from counseling and substance use prevention to helping keep families together in stable housing, has increased dramatically. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to make life even more difficult for those most at-risk in the communities we serve.

Your support during the virtual “Carnival of Love” Gala enables HFS to provide life-changing programs and services for the most vulnerable individuals, children, and families in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

The “Carnival of Love” Gala is hosted by the Heartland Family Service Friends Guild. Julie Gibson-Beier and Laressa Tromler are the event Co-Chairs and Candy Golden is the Friends Guild President. For updated information regarding the “Carnival of Love” Gala online program or sponsorships, visit https://www.heartlandfamilyservice.org/events/carnival-of-love-gala-21/ or contact Development Manager Adam Mohr at AMohr@HeartlandFamilyService.org or (531) 210-7572.

About Heartland Family Service

Since 1875, Heartland Family Service has responded to the needs of our area’s most vulnerable children and families. In 2019, our agency connected with over 60,000 individuals through direct services, education, and outreach. Our programs serve individuals of all ages — from infants in our Family Works program to seniors in our Generations Community Center. We operate from over 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. We provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community through the following program areas: Child & Family Well-Being, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing, Safety, & Financial Stability.