Save the Dates: 2014 Nonprofit Events Calendar

By Shane Lueck January 9, 2014

Categories: Causes, Featured - Home Page, Our Affairs

The work of nonprofit organizations propels this community forward, and that work can only be done with the generosity of the members of the community. This preview list of fundraising events serves as an important tool to consult as preparations are made for the coming year. Save the dates!

 

Dr. KingPin
Mixed Blood Theatre
January 19
Each year supporters convene to have fun and raise funds celebrating the teachings of Dr. King. Bowlers of all ages are welcome to join in supporting the mission of Mixed Blood!
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: $35 for individuals, $150 for a team
www.mixedblood.com

 

Minneapolis Movie Bears 8th Annual Snow Tubing Event
Minneapolis Movie Bears
February 1
An annual dinner and snow tubing event, but this is the first year proceeds will go to the Minneapolis Movie Bears’ 2014 AIDS Walk team.
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: $18
www.minneapolismoviebears.com

 

Canta! – VocalPoint 2014 Concerts
Neighborhood House
February 8 – 9
An intense choral performance experience that inspires people through music to build a better world. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood House
Cost: $15 for adults ($20 at the door), $5 for children (up to 15)
www.neighb.org

 

Sweet 16 Gala
Theater Latté Da
February 15
A benefit for Theater Latté Da, the Twin Cities’ Premiere Musical Theater Company, celebrating sixteen years of adventurous musical theater.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
Cost: $150 per ticket; $1,500 table of 10; $1,750 VIP table of 10
www.latteda.org

 

Snowball Dance & Winter Social
Minnesota Freedom Band
February 16
Annual dance concert featuring award-winning guest soloist Patty Peterson.
Dress Code: Dressed Up/Formal
Cost: $19
www.mnfreedomband.org

 

Whisker-Whirl

Photo courtesy of Animal Humane Society

Whisker Whirl
Animal Humane Society
February 22
The Twin Cities’ most unique evening out…a night on the town with the dog. Save $50 and purchase Early Bird VIP tickets by January 22, 2014.
Dress Code: Formal
Cost: Individual, VIP, and Tables Sponsorships available
www.animalhumanesociety.org

 

Shrek Fairy Tale Fundraiser
Children’s Theatre Company
March 1
Enjoy a benefit filled with fairy-tale fun for the entire family from 10am-12pm with children’s activities, treats, prizes, photo opportunities, and autographs with CTC’s Acting Company.
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: $50 per adult, $25 per child
www.childrenstheatre.org

 

HRC Bowling
Twin Cities Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
March 2
Get 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, an HRC membership, and a whole lot of fundraising fun at this annual bowling event at the Park Tavern in St. Louis Park!
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: $35 for individual, $150 for lane (5 people)
www.facebook.com/#!/twincitieshrc

 

Welcome OUT
OUT Twin Cities Film Festival
March (Date TBD)
Welcome OUT is the 5th anniversary party for the OUT Twin Cities Film Festival.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
Cost: Free
www.OutTwinCitiesFilmFest.com

 

Safe Schools Youth Summit
OutFront Minnesota
March 1
Kick off the legislative session with this youth-led event where students and supportive adults can learn how to help pass the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
Cost: Free
www.outfront.org

 

Heal a Hound
Greyhound Pets of America MN
March 8
Dinner & silent auction benefiting the Heal a Hound Fund at the Rose Vine Hall banquet center at Grumpy’s Bar in Roseville.
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: TBD
www.gpa-mn.org

 

Bingo A-GoGo
Park House and Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
April-May (Date TBD)
Hosted by Miss Richfield 1981, Bingo A-GoGo takes place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Play bingo for prizes and enjoy raffles, food and drinks, and surprises!
Dress Code: Casual (with prizes for Best Themed Costumes)
Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door
www.bingoagogo.com

 

Lobby Day 2014
OutFront Minnesota
April 1
Take the day off to meet with lawmakers or just join for the rally at 4pm. Bring family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and members of the faith community!
Dress Code: Casual/Dressed Up
Cost: Free
www.outfront.org

 

Mais Oui: Masquerade
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
April 3
Alliance Française, the French cultural center of the Twin Cities, returns to the former home of the Théâtre de la Jeune Lune for its annual spring fundraiser and will honor this celebrated company of artists and their award-winning work with an evening of theatrics. All proceeds will benefit Alliance Française.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
www.afmsp.org

 

Annual Feline Rescue Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction and Raffle
Feline Rescue
April 6
Feline Rescue’s welcome to spring, catered by Fat Lorenzo’s.
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: $12 (estimate)
www.felinerescue.org

 

A Historic Night Out
History Theatre
April 13
History Theatre’s annual benefit and auction will take place at the Saint Paul Athletic Club. The event includes dinner, live and silent auction, and a staged program highlighting popular songs and scenes from past History Theatre shows hosted by Don Shelby and Sue Scott.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
Cost: TBD
www.historytheatre.com

 

Photo courtesy of The Aliveness Project

Photo courtesy of The Aliveness Project

Dining Out for Life
The Aliveness Project
April 24
Dine at over 190 restaurants throughout Minnesota to raise funds for The Aliveness Project, a community center for people living with HIV/AIDS. Visit diningoutforlife.com to find a list of participating restaurants.
Dress Code: Varies
Cost: Varies
www.aliveness.org or www.diningoutforlife.com

 

PFund’s Annual Cabaret
PFund
April 26
Live music and auction, hosted by KM Davis and Jason Howard.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
www.pfundonline.org

 

40th Annual Walk for Animals
Animal Humane Society
May 3
The Walk for Animals is the Animal Humane Society’s largest fundraising event, with a goal of raising one million dollars to help care for the nearly 26,000 homeless animals that come to AHS each year.
Dress Code: Casual
www.animalhumanesociety.org

 

Pancakes & Jazz
Freedom Jazz
May 10
Our annual pancake breakfast and bakesale fundraiser. Always the day before Mother’s Day, so bring mother! $8 all-you-can-eat pancakes with live jazz music from the Freedom Jazz.
Dress Code: Casual/Dressed Up
Cost: $8
www.freedomjazz.org

 

2014 Minnesota AIDS Walk
Minnesota AIDS Project
May 18
For 27 years, thousands of walkers have helped raise money to support the Minnesota AIDS Project, and awareness about HIV in the community. Join the walk and make a difference!
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: Free to attend, but individual fundraising encouraged
www.mnaidswalk.org

 

Choralia
VocalEssence
May 18
Raise your voice in song to benefit the VocalEssence Community Engagement Programs. Play games of chance at a “not-so”-silent auction, sing for your supper, and join the after party sing-along.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
Cost: Single tickets $150 through April 1, $175 through May. Table sponsorships available.
www.vocalessence.org

 

Songs from the Heart
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
June 6
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus annual black-tie gala event! Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, cash bar and silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and a performance by TCGMC.
Dress Code: Formal
Cost: $150 per person, $1500 per table, $2500 per corporate table
www.tcgmc.org

 

Rainbow Run 5K
Twin Cities Pride
June 23
5K chip-timed Race & Fun Run starts at 9am at Como Park East Pavilions. Stay for the annual Pride Family Picnic. Register by June 10 for a race t-shirt! Proceeds go to Twin Cities Pride
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 race day
www.tcpride.org

 

Pride Family Picnic
Twin Cities Pride
June 22
Bring your family to enjoy free picnic fare. Games, prizes, entertainment, burgers, roasted corn, and more! Como Park East Pavilions in St Paul, 11am – 2pm.
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: Free
www.tcpride.org

 

Cruise for a Cause
Neighborhood House
June 26
Cruise for a Cause is our annual fundraiser in memory of Bill Bowell, longtime riverboat captain. Bring your friends and family to enjoy music and refreshments during an evening on the Mississippi.
www.neighb.org

 

Photo by RJL Photography, courtesy of Twin Cities Pride

Photo by RJL Photography, courtesy of Twin Cities Pride

Twin Cities Pride Festival
Twin Cities Pride
June 28 – 29
Join us for the 42nd annual Twin Cities Pride Festival in Loring Park: five stages of music, 400+ vendors & exhibitors, and 300,000 of your closest friends!
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: Free
www.tcpride.org

 

Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade
Twin Cities Pride
June 29
Come enjoy the largest and most colorful parade in the Twin Cities! The parade runs along Hennepin Avenue starting at 3rd Street, and heads all the way into Loring Park.
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: Free
www.tcpride.org

 

St. Croix Garden Tour
Family Means
July 12 – 13
An annual self-guided tour of gardens in and around the Stillwater, Minnesota area. Visitors can tour the gardens all in one day or spread their stops out across the weekend.
Cost: $15-20
www.familymeans.org

 

Red Ribbon Ride
Minnesota Fighting AIDS on Bikes
July 17 – 20
The Ride is a four-day, nearly 300-mile charity bike ride raising money for eight Minnesota AIDS service organizations. Featuring a new route in 2014, with overnight stops in Belle Plaine, Mankato, & Waconia. The ride starts at MOA and finishes at the State Capitol.
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: $75 registration for riders and crew; rider fundraising minimum $1,500
www.redribbonride.org

 

Photo courtesy of The Cowles Center

Photo courtesy of The Cowles Center

Gotta Dance & Raze the Barre
The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts
September 5 – 6
This two-night affair will include a cocktail reception, dinner, a live auction, and a thrilling performance. After the performance, dance the night away. Close the evening with a champagne toast.
Dress Code: Evening Attire
Cost: $75 – $500
www.thecowlescenter.org

 

Backstage Bash
Children’s Theatre Company
September 6
Enjoy the best party in town from 9pm to midnight. Ticket includes valet parking, open bar, desserts, games, prizes and a rockin’ dance party featuring music by Pop Rocks.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
Cost: TBD
www.childrenstheatre.org

 

Curtain Call Ball
Children’s Theatre Company
September 6
Enjoy an elegant evening at CTC. Ticket includes a cocktail reception, open bar, silent and live auctions, seated formal dinner, cabaret performances and admission to the Backstage Bash.
Dress Code: Formal
Cost: TBD
www.childrenstheatre.org

 

Human Rights Campaign Twin Cities Dinner
Human Rights Campaign
September 6
Join HRC, America’s largest LGBT Civil Rights Organization for its 25th Annual Twin Cities Dinner. Over 1000 guests, local and national leaders will be on hand celebrating and recommitting to the work ahead for equality.
Dress Code: Dressed Up/Formal
Cost: Tickets start at $185
www.twincitiesdinner.org

 

Avant Garden
Walker Art Center
September 13
Experience a transformed Minneapolis Sculpture Garden full of music, art, gourmet fare, and cocktails at this stylish affair. Proceeds support the Walker’s award-winning artistic and educational programming.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
Cost: Silver Key tickets: $100, Gold Key tickets: $500
www.walkerart.org

 

Bingo A-GoGo
Park House and Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
October (Date TBD)
Hosted by Miss Richfield 1981, Bingo A-GoGo takes place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Play bingo for prizes and enjoy raffles, food and drinks, and surprises!
Dress Code: Casual (with prizes for Best Themed Costumes)
Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door
www.bingoagogo.com

 

A Place to Call Home
Clare Housing
October 8
Guests are invited to make charitable contributions at this educational event. Learn how affordable housing and supportive services improve the quality of life for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.
Dress Code: Dressed Up
Cost: Free, donations suggested
www.clarehousing.org

 

A Celebration of 40 Years of Illusion Theater
Illusion Theater
October 25 – 26
Illusion Theater hosts a Gala dinner (Saturday, October 25) and continues the celebration with Community Day (Sunday, October 26).
Dress Code: Creative Dress
Cost: Gala Dinner $175.00
www.illusiontheater.org

 

Circus of the Heart
MN ADOPT (Minnesota Adoption Resource Network)
November 2
An annual event to celebrate children who’ve been adopted out of foster care and are now in permanent placement. Event includes many fun activities for kids and teens.
Dress Code: Casual
Cost: Free
www.mnadopt.org

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