If you want to enjoy an evening of entertainment while mixing it up with fellow community members for a good cause, may as well make a weekend of it. First attend the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s “Dancing Under the Stars” gala March 9 at the Doubletree By Hilton Minneapolis-Park Place in St. Louis Park, and the follow that up a night later at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development’s “Make Them Shine” gala at International Market Square. Here’s a summary at what both have to offer:
Dancing Under the Stars
What: The TwinWest Chamber’s 27th annual gala features gourmet food from some of the best restaurants and caterers in the Twin Cities area, plus you can put your name in the mix for silent and live auctions, before finally dancing the night away to the sights and sounds of R-Factor.
Who You’ll Help: This is a great way to support your business community, as proceeds go to TwinWest Chamber of Commerce initiatives and the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Foundation scholarship fund.
When: March 9, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: Doubletree By Hilton Minneapolis-Park Place, 5000 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park
Cost: Tickets are $85, with group discounts available. The Doubletree has a special rate if you want to spend the night the evening of the Gala, $79. Click here to reserve your room at the group rate. Or for more info, go to twinwest.com or call 763.450.2220.
How Else Can I Help?: Click here www.twinwest.com/auction to donate an auction item. Gala sponsorship investments range from $500-$5,000. For more information, contact Victoria Marley at 763. 450.2227 or email her.
Make Them Shine
What: A VIP sponsor reception wine tasting with Vintage U Founder wine critic Bill Coy and a beer tasting with Thorpe Distributing kicks off the fundraiser at 5 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the gala gets going with hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction with BidPal and a cash bar followed by dinner, a program, a live auction and entertainment by the Paul Peterson Orchestra, playing music through 9:30 p.m.
Who: More than 500 people are expected to attend, including former Vikings great John Randle. Dr. Megan Gunnar, director of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, will provide summary findings about how brain development is adversely affected by toxic stress early in life and how early intervention can help.
Who You’ll Help: The goal of the event is to raise $325,000 to improve outcomes for the more than 1,000 children with developmental needs that St. David's Center serves on site and throughout the Twin Cities.
When: March 10, 5 p.m. VIP wine/beer tasting; gala goes from 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: International Market Square, 275 Market Street, Minneapolis
Cost: Individual gala tickets are $150. A table sponsorship for 10 is available for $1,750 and includes two tickets to the exclusive VIP sponsor reception. Reservations can be made here. Tickets can be purchased here and must be reserved by February 29.
How Else Can I Help?: Donations can be made here