A Thoughtful Choice

These are uncertain times for our community and our world. At St. John’s, the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff and the greater Green Bay community has been at the forefront since we began instituting changes to our policies and practices in late February 2020 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On March 18, 2020, St. John’s expanded our overnight shelter services and began operating two separate 24/7 emergency shelter locations. This proved invaluable to both promote social distancing and sanitation but also to mitigate community spread when the virus did hit our St. John’s family.
We continue to accept new intakes and be at the forefront of state and national best practices, knowing that homelessness doesn’t stop when a crisis happens. Just as when we opened our doors 15 years ago, our focus is on the guests we serve, our homeless brothers and sisters. When a crisis of this proportion impacts our community, they feel it in ways you and I do not. The heightened mental illness, trauma and depression are all too real for the guests we serve, and they need your help now more than ever.
It was not an easy decision, but we have decided to limit event capacity this year and offer to concurrent options for virtual and in-person tickets. We hope this flexibility makes it possible for you to be part of this year’s event. However, we know how much the hardships of this crisis have impacted our community. If you are unable to attend, know that you are a valued member of our St. John’s family and we appreciate all you do.

The Gala Basics

The 6th Annual Restoring Hope Gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in-person at the KI Convention Center as well as virtually. Silent Auction and Raffle bidding will begin online on Nov. 1. The in-person event doors will open at 5 p.m. with call to dinner shortly after 6 p.m. The virtual event timeline will vary and specific details and a Virtual Watch Party package will be provided to all virtual ticket holders.
As a sponsor and/or ticket holder, you have the flexibility to change your ticket status and have peace of mind in November. Here’s how we are working to best serve you:
  • Convert your tickets from in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person up until Nov. 2.
  • Virtual ticket holders will be provided with a virtual watch party package to guide and enhance your virtual gala experience!
  • In-person ticket holders will experience the very best practices and the highest standards of service from the KI Convention Center. In-person tickets are limited due to decreased event capacity to promote social distancing.
  • St. John’s is focused on health and safety throughout this event. Sponsors and ticket holders will receive frequent communication about best practices for the Restoring Hope Gala during the COVID-19 crisis.

Headlining Performer Jon McLaughlin
Singer, Songwriter, Pianist

Our headlining performer, Jon McLaughlin, will unite our Gala community around the hope and inspiration that St. John’s brings. Jon released his debut album, Indiana, in 2007 on Island Def Jam, attracting fans with his heartfelt, hook-laden songwriting and impassioned delivery. He’s released five full-lengths in the twelve years since and revealed a true evolution in both his piano playing and singing. He’s played shows with Billy Joel, Kelly Clarkson and Adele, collaborated with longtime friend Sara Bareilles, co-written with Demi Lovato and even performed at the Academy Awards in 2008.

The Gala Hosts

  Gala Emcee | Randy “Shotgun” Shannon

Randy “Shotgun” Shannon has returned home to the station he put on the air twenty-five years ago.  Shotgun has literally grown up in radio, with his first gig at age 14, playing records and running Brewer games.  Now, with a lot less hair, a wife and two daughters later, Shotgun brings his humor, country music knowledge, and love of brats back to the Shotgun & Charli morning show on Y100, where he is “having an absolute blast” with Charli McKenzie.  A strong member of the community, Randy is active in many charitable organizations around Northeast Wisconsin. When he is not busy, you will find him smoking meats of all varieties, and creating homemade BBQ sauce.


  Gala Auctioneer | Bill Jartz

Raised in Clintonville, Wisconsin, Bill Jartz earned All-State recognition as a high school football player. He received an athletic scholarship to attend Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. “I was always interested in journalism and sports, and this is the perfect combo. TV is where it’s at when it comes to live sporting events.”

Bill began his career as the 10 o’clock sports anchor at WSAW-TV in Wausau, but confesses he felt ecstatic about coming to WBAY-TV in 1983. “I grew up watching Channel 2,” Bill recalls. “I’m lucky enough to have hooked up with the best.”

As the WBAY sports director, Bill won the admiration of Northeast Wisconsin’s sports fans, performing play-by-play duties for pre-season Packer football games, and hosting the award-winning “Monday Night Kick-Off” throughout the regular schedule.

His personal experience and strong work ethic helped Bill earn the Wisconsin High School Baseball Coaches Association Media Award in 1989, and also the WIXX Media Personality Award. In late October, 1998, Bill followed the path of another sports veteran– Chuck Ramsay– to assume a new challenge as a news anchor, joining Cami Rapson on Action 2 News at Ten. Bill felt it was time for a change, and it also gave him weekends free to spend with his wife, Mary.
Four years later, with the retirement of the venerable anchor, Bill followed in Chuck’s footsteps again to assume the mantle of 5 and 6 p.m. co-anchor.

On Green Bay Packers home game days, Bill can be heard as the Voice of Lambeau Field. He started as the public address announcer with the 2005 preseason.
Bill has appeared on the Cerebral Palsy Telethon and proudly supports Childrens Wisconsin and the March of Dimes. He’s also involved in Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited, ASPIRO, among others.

Married since 1984, Bill and his wife own two dogs and enjoy relaxing with friends at home. Bill’s other interests include hunting, fishing, and physical fitness. When the opportunity arises, he also likes assisting at a friend’s dairy farm. “It takes me back to my roots,” Bill explains.


Lexie Wood, St. John’s Executive Director

Alexia (Lexie), Executive Director, provides overall strategic vision and leadership across St. John’s three locations: St. John’s Shelter, the Micah Center, and Wellspring. Lexie is a native Wisconsinite who has worked in the nonprofit sector, focused on homelessness and addiction, for fourteen years. Since coming to St. John’s in 2012, she quickly tells people that she is doing exactly what she was created to do, living out a calling on her life she first identified as a 4th grade student. Lexie received her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus on ending homelessness through systemic change. She holds additional degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Evangel University. Alexia is passionate about change and, with her faith as the primary driver, truly believes that every single person is worthy of love, belonging, and grace. When not at St. John’s, Lexie can be found embracing her favorite role: that of mom and foster mom (where she’s been mom to 11 children!). She loves the outdoors, is always seeking adventure, and keeps the coffee and music going all day long.

Have questions?

Please don’t hesitate to reach our for help or with questions. Contact Alexa Priddy, Director of Community Engagement at apriddy@sjehs.org or 617-8700 ext. 117.