WAYZATA — The people who offer support and friendship to the more than 1,600 individuals served by Hammer Residences will be honored at the annual Reach for Ralph benefit.

The theme for this year's event, which will be held Thursday, July 20, is “Caring for the Heart of Hammer.” Each day, 405 caregivers help those with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are served by Hammer in the west metro.


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