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4/11 Celebrando a los NiÃ±os Gala
Benefit for Friends of the Orphans. Help end global poverty one child at a time! The Gala is sure to be the Friends of the Orphans event of the year. The evening features a silent and live auction and entertainment from the Nuestros PequeÃ±os Hermanos (NPH – Spanish for Our Little Brothers and Sisters) home in Nicaragua. 5:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 651-482-1703; www.friendsoftheorphans.org.
4/12 Thank God for Kids
The 17th annual “Thank God for Kids” event will include silent and live auctions, a gala dinner, a raffle and entertainment by the band Synergy. Funds raised will support the various programs of the Cancer Kids Fund at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Milwaukee Road Depot, Minneapolis. 651-855-2826.
4/13 Get Your Rear in Gear 5K
Benefit for Colon Cancer Awareness and Prevention, organized by Colon Cancer Coalition. The Fourth Annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Walk and Run moves to its new location at Southdale Center in Edina. The event raises awareness and greatly needed funds to positively impact colorectal cancer screening rates throughout Minnesota. 9 a.m. Southdale Center, 10 Southdale Center, Edina. 952-426-6521; www.getyourrearingear.com.
4/19 Walk to D’Feet ALS – Mankato
Benefit for The ALS Association, Minnesota Chapter. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. The Walk to D’Feet ALS brings people together and educates them about ALS and raises funds for patient services and research. 9 a.m. Mankato West High School, 1351 S. Riverfront Dr., Mankato. 612-672-0484; www.alsmn.org.
4/19 Rare Pairings Gala
Benefit for Minnesota Public Radio. Minnesota Public Radio’s premiere Rare Pairings Gala will feature celebrity chef Andrew Carmellini of New York City’s A Voce restaurant, cited by the New York Times as a restaurant “intended above all else to make you happy.” Tables are available; call for tickets. International Market Square, 275 Market St., Mpls. 651-290-1116.
4/19 Remembering Our Stars Gala
Benefit for Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual spring gala raises funds to support the programs and services of the association, and serves as a time to celebrate the lives of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and related diseases. 6 p.m. Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 S. Seventh St., Mpls. 952-857-0532; www.alzmndak.org.
4/25 Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair
Benefit for Minneapolis Institute of Arts, organized by Print and Drawing Curatorial Council. April 25-27. Art dealers from across the U.S. will offer a wide selection of museum-quality prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, and monotypes for purchase. Visitors will discover an abundance of works in a variety of styles, periods, and price ranges. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls. 612-870-3105; www.artsmia.org.
4/25 Social Butterfly
Benefit for Care Partners, organized by Children’s Cancer Research Fund.Â® The “Social Butterfly” event benefits Care Partners, a Children’s Cancer Research Fund quality-of-life program for pediatric cancer patients and their families. This chic cocktail party features hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, dancing, raffles, and a VIP party. Tickets available in March 2008 at www.childrenscancer.org.
4/26 North Memorial Gala
Benefit for North Memorial Health Care. Come join us for a memorable party at the Hilton in Minneapolis. For more information, please call 763-520-5683.
4/26 PACER’s 26th Annual Benefit
Enjoy a silent and live auction and a performance by a headlining act. The 2007 Pacer’s Benefit featured a performance by Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson. All proceeds benefit children with disabilities. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Mpls. 952-838-9000.
4/26 Twin Cities’ 2008 Start! Heart Walk
The Start! Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier fundraising event, striving to bring people together to celebrate survivors of cardiovascular disease and encourage everyone to adopt healthy habits of physical exercise. Funds raised go to medical research and public education campaigns. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harriet Island Park, St. Paul. Contact Susan for more information. 952-278-7905; Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefit for healthy babies, organized by March of Dimes. WalkAmerica will take place on April 27 in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Stillwater. Participate in the Walk that saves babies. Registration starts at 10 a.m. With your support there’s hope! www.walkamerica.org or www.marchofdimes.com.
4/27 Volunteer: Give it a Whirl!
Benefit for United Way partner agencies, organized by Greater Twin Cities United Way. No matter who you are or what you do, you can lend a helping hand. National Volunteer Week is April 27-May 3– join hundreds of volunteers to help local nonprofits in your community. Everyone is welcome and sign up is easy. Visit www.unitedwaytwincities.org/caringconnection.com or call 612-340-7440.
4/30 Music Matters Fundraising Luncheon
Benefit for MacPhail Center for Music, transforming lives and enriching the community through music education. The 2008 Music Matters Luncheon is MacPhail’s fifth annual fundraiser event. This free event is filled with inspirational music and stories of students whose lives have been transformed by MacPhail. Noon. The Depot, 225 Third Ave. S., Mpls. www.macphail.org/learn_more.html.
4/TBD Spring Gala
Benefit for people affected by mental illness. Organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Minnesota. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and improving the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases. The spring gala features cocktails, a silent auction, games and a delicious dinner. Great fun for a great cause. 6 p.m. Prom Center, 484 Inwood Ave., Oakdale. 651-645-2948; www.namimn.org.
4/TBD Night of the Butterfly
Benefit for Chrysalis. Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of human service programs to over 16,000 clients each year. “Night of the Butterfly” is filled with great food, wine, auctions, and entertainment. International Market Square, 275 Market Square, Mpls. 612-870-2414; www.chrysaliswomen.org/giving/nob.htm.
4/TBD Twice Loved Treasures Sale
Benefit for Children’s Hospital Association. Organized by White Bear Guild of CHA. White Bear Guild’s 20th annual Twice Loved Treasures Sale. White Bear Armory, downtown White Bear Lake. Come shop for some wonderful treasures and enjoy a treat from our Twice Loved Treasures Cafe. Call CHA at 651-220-6175 or visit www.cha-stpaul.org for more information. 8 a.m. White Bear Armory, White Bear Lake. 651-490-1362; www.cha-stpaul.org.
4/TBD Calling All Angels
Benefit for Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA). “Calling All Angels, Raising Awareness of Ovarian Cancer One Party at a Time” festivities will be held all across Minnesota to support MOCA’ s mission of funding ovarian cancer research, raising awareness of the disease, and providing support to women with ovarian cancer and their families. 612-822-0500; www.mnovarian.org.