Caring for the Heart of Hammer


Join Us at Reach for Ralph!

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 5:30 – 10:00pm

Earle Brown Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Reach for Ralph is Hammer‘s Annual Fundraiser. You can make a difference to people with intellectual disabilities. Join our fun, casual event. Enjoy a buffet dinner, live/silent auctions and games. You will be inspired by the stories and be one of many people who are Caring for the Heart of Hammer.


Ticket Prices: $95 at the door.
Registration for the 2017 Reach for Ralph Gala is now closed. Please call Cari Sheley at 952-277-2454 for further assistance.
Business casual to semi-formal attire   Free onsite parking  |  Please bring cash for games and bar

Get Involved 

Silent Auction Items

Check out our silent auction items! Over 40 items, including Disney Hopper passes, MN Twins Tickets, Guthrie Theater tickets, restaurant gift cards, a bowling party for 40 at Park Tavern, and much more. 

Live Auction Items

We have six exciting live auction opportunities at Reach for Ralph this year. Items include Bruno Mars tickets, the Chef’s Table at Bellecour, and a 7 night stay in Jamaica! See the rest of the live auction items and get details below.

Be A Sponsor

  Today is your day to support people living with disabilities and their caregivers. See Sponsorship Brochure for details. Ready to commit? Sign up now. Thank you!

Donate to the Wall of Wine and Craft Beer

Wine and craft beer selections valued at $20 or more are welcome. Please complete the donation form and deliver your donation to Hammer / Attention Cari Sheley.

Purchase Tickets

  Ticket Prices: $85 before July 17 $95 at the door (if available) Purchase Tickets    

Who is Ralph, and what is he reaching for?

The inspiration for our logo and statues is Ralph – a lovable boy who had a disability few people understood in the 1920s. Most people believed Ralph should be placed in an institution. Alvina Hammer believed he deserved to live in a loving environment, a home setting that would focus on his abilities and desires to express himself. Ralph and his family trusted Alvina, and he became one of her first students. Ralph grew into adulthood, living a full and joyful life supported by Hammer caregivers until he passed away in 1995. Ralph embodies the spirit of Hammer, a community of people who respect individual’s abilities, whose collective spirit makes dreams come true, and whose innovations continue to lead the way for people living with disabilities.


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