OMAHA, Neb. — Heartland Family Service (HFS) hosted the annual “Carnival of Love” Gala February 20-26, 2021, for the first time, virtually on YouTube, recorded and livestream – shining together – safely apart! Thanks to the generosity of the many supporters and sponsors who helped to “fill the heart.” HFS raised over $170,000 to serve the most vulnerable children, individuals, and families in our community.

This year’s theme was “Share the Light,” was hosted by the Heartland Family Service Friends Guild. President of the guild is Candy Golden, and Gala co-chairs were Julie Gibson-Beier, and Laressa Tromler.

The virtual event kicked off on February 20 at 7 p.m. with the silent auction and a pre-recording on the Heartland Family Service YouTube channel by Master of Ceremonies and Legendary Radio Personality Dave Wingert.

On Friday, February 26, the “Carnival of Love” Gala event finale featured a Live auction led by auctioneer Mike Bunach along with Dave Wingert via livestream and concluded with our ”Hope for Families“ raise the paddle donation request. The 2021 Carnival of Love Gala celebrated the 30-year anniversary of this fundraising event.

The Heartland Family Service “Carnival of Love” Gala is the agency’s largest annual fundraiser and all proceeds go to support more than 40 life-saving programs and services HFS offers. To help people in need in our community, please donate to Heartland Family Service by giving safely online at HeartlandFamilyService.org. Together, we can create a community of opportunity. So everyone can.