One Heartland Hosts Hybrid Holiday in the Heartland

One Heartland, the Midwest organization serving children living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS, will hold a hybrid in-person and online iteration of their annual fundraising gala Holiday in the Heartland on Saturday, December 18, 2021, celebrating their camp community and raising funds to provide a safe place for the kids who need it most.

This year, Holiday in the Heartland returns to the Dakota music venue at 1010 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis Minnesota. The event will feature a check-in with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.; an inspirational program beginning at 7:45 p.m.; and a musical performance by a “Surprise Guest” to be announced soon.

In-person tickets for the gala cost $150 ($175 after November 1) and will be available for purchase soon. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Attending online is free.
The many services that One Heartland provides include: Camp Heartland for young people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; Camp Northstar for children experiencing housing instability; Camp True Colors, for LGBTQ+ young people; Family Camp True Colors, for LGBTQ+ families; and Camp Hollywood HEART, an arts- and creativity-focused camp for young people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. These and other One Heartland services are funded by donations and the annual gala.

If you plan to attend Holiday in the Heartland in person, please be aware that all performances at the Dakota will require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination (with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken in the prior 72 hours).


For more information, please contact Patrick Kindler at [email protected] or log on to: www.oneheartland.org.

—Reporting by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-one-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.