As old and new friends gathered on a cool evening at the Amelita Mirolo Barn, our hearts were warmed by the celebration of some favorite community dignitaries. 

The delicious food from Steven's catering, relaxed live music from Harold "Hap" Hall, and multitude of great friends created an air of buzzing conversation, laughter and connection at our May event. Community leaders, families and friends gathered together to celebrate the common goal of being a part of the good we do. 

After being welcomed in by a group of fantastic volunteers including an incredible photographer, guests entered the barn decorated with sparkling string lights and an art wall showcasing some of our grants from the past year. Old companions greeted each other and introductions were made for new friends. Guests enjoyed hand-crafted cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at indoor tables or on the warmed patio.

After visiting for a while, guests gathered together to honor the Huffman Family for the first ever Heart of UA Award. Board Chairwoman Margie Pizzuti and Executive Director Tracy Harbold shared inspiring remarks and presented the family with a blown glass heart award created by an artist at the local non-profit Glass Axis. The community was thrilled to support and enjoy the recognition of this family, known for their generosity and unshakable love for this community. 

The night ended with delicious desserts donated by Schmidt's, unwrapping incredible bottles of wine from the wine pull, and saying farewell after yet another joyful celebration. Raise the Roof 2019 was one to remember. 

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