Join us for the 9th Annual Blast: Celebration of Hope on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, MN! The Blast is a special evening dedicated to honor families impacted by Huntington's disease (HD) and recognize individuals and businesses that make a difference in our HD communities. (Read more about HD.)

COCKTAIL & APPETIZERS 5:30PM
WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENT 6:00PM
SILENT AUCTION 6 - 9PM
KEYNOTE SPEAKER 6:30PM
AWARDS 7:30PM
LIVE AUCTION 8:00PM
AUCTION CHECKOUT 9:00PM

A fun and social cocktail hour kicks off the Blast. Live and silent auction packages are up for grabs throughout the evening. Delicious cuisine served buffet-style and desserts provided by the Melting Pot will follow an inspirational program; featuring keynote speaker Billy McLaughlin, honoring those affected by HD, and recognizing individuals and businesses that make a difference in our HD communities.

Billy McLaughlin is a Billboard Top-Ten best-selling international guitarist and composer who was diagnosed with the little known and incurable neuromuscular disorder called Focal Dystonia (FD), which causes muscles in the body to contract and spasm involuntarily. Billy spoke at the 2014 National HDSA Convention in Louisville, KY and will share the story of how he re-learned the guitar left-handed and is in the early stages of what might be described as ‘one of the greatest musical-comeback stories of all time.’

The Blast is the main source of funding for the HDSA Center of Excellence program. HDSA supports 21 Centers of Excellence located in major medical facilities throughout the U.S., like the one at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. Thanks to the physicians, researches and staff, who are among the best in the nation, these Centers continue to be at the forefront of providing invaluable HD care.

Interested in being a donor or sponsor?
Check out our sponsorship kit for package options or to download a printable donation form.

If you're interested in celebrating a person in your family or community, you can purchase an "In Honor of..." advertisement to be featured in the printed program for The Blast: Celebration of Hope.

  • $500 for a full-page, full-color ad (5 x 7)
  • $250 for a half-page, full-color ad (5 x 3.5)
  • $125 for a quarter-page, full-color ad (2.5 x 3.5)

All advertisements are due Oct. 1st and all proceeds benefit HDSA's Center of Excellence program.

We look forward to seeing you there! Purchase ($65 per person) your TICKET(s) today!