November 1 – Dawn of a DreamÂ® Gala
A benefit for Children’s Cancer Research FundÂ®. Twenty-eighth annual gala features reception, dinner program, high-profile live entertainment, live auction and a new interactive experience. Funds raised support pediatric cancer research at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center. Tickets available mid-June at www.dawnofadream.org. 6 p.m. Historic Milwaukee Road Depot. 225 3rd Ave. S. Minneapolis. www.dawnofadream.org.
November 1 – Bowl For Kids’ Sake Community Day
A benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bowlers are asked to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and form teams of five with their family, friends, co-workers or other committed volunteers. Teams join Bigs and Littles to enjoy two games of bowling, free shoe rental and prizes. 2 p.m.
November 6 – 6th Annual Education Partners Luncheon
A benefit for AchieveMpls. Join 400 local business, education and civic leaders as Dr. Leonard Sax, renowned author and Executive Director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education takes a critical look at how considering gender could improve the preparation of Minneapolis’ youth for the future workforce. 11:30 a.m. Downtown Radisson. Minneapolis. www.achievempls.org.
November 6 – Dinner of Champions
A benefit for The ALS Association, Minnesota Chapter. The Sixth Annual Dinner of Champions will honor our celebrity supporters for their contributions to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. The event will feature dinner, entertainment, an awards ceremony and a live and silent auction. 6 p.m. Golden Valley Country Club. 7001 Golden Valley Rd. www.alsmn.org.
November 7 – 13th Annual WomenVenture Professional Development Conference
The WomenVenture Professional Development Conference is WomenVenture’s largest program event and fundraiser of the year. Attended by 2,000 guests, the WomenVenture Conference includes morning workshops, the Women’s Marketplace, and an awards luncheon featuring keynote speaker Sara Blakely, owner of Spanx. Morning workshops begin at 8 a.m. Luncheon starts at 12-2 p.m. For more information, visit www.womenventure.org/conference.
November 7 – Chef’s, Cats & Canines Fall Wine Dinner
A benefit for Animal Humane Society. Enjoy an elegant evening of exquisite food and fine wines as six local renowned chefs create a six-course meal each accompanied by wines hand selected by a wine master from Cellars Wines & Spirits. A live auction with unique experiences top off the evening. Reserve early. This sells out! 6 p.m. The Saint Paul Hotel. 350 Market Street. St. Paul. www.animalhumanesociety.org.
November 7 – Gala 2008 WinterWonderland
A benefit for Bridging. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Silent Auction, 8:30-Midnight Dinner, live auction, Raffle drawing for new Honda Civic Hybrid donated by Walser Foundation, 2-1st class international roundtrip tickets from Sun Country Airlines, Jewelery Donated Wixon Jewelers, Dance to follow raffle drawing. 6:30 PM. Minnetonka Marriott Southwest. 5801 Opus Parkway. Minnetonka. www.bridging.org.
November 8 – Little Red Ball
A benefit for Children’s Home Society & Family Services. Little Red Ball is a gala that celebrates family, a vital part of CHSFS mission. Children and adults of all ages are invited to participate. The evening includes a family-friendly dinner, interactive activities, fabulous entertainment and live and silent auctions. 5 p.m. Circus Juventas. 1270 Montreal Avenue. St. Paul. www.chsfs.org.
November 8 – Taste of China
A benefit for Mental Health Association of Minnesota. Taste of China, a celebration of MHAM’s 69th anniversary includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet Chinese food, music, and live entertainment. Belinda Jensen, KARE 11 Chief Meteorologist, will emcee the event. All proceeds raised will support our Advocacy and Education Programs. 6 p.m. Radisson Plaza Hotel. 35 South 7th Street. Minneapolis. www.mentalhealthmn.org.
November 8 – Adoption Event – Dogs & Cats
A benefit for Second Chance Animal Rescue. A variety of cats, kittens, dogs and puppies will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, heartworm or FeLV checked and dewormed. Help give an animal a Second Chance at life & companionship. The next adoption day will be Dec. 13. 11 a.m. Petco. 2785 North Fairview Avenue. Roseville. www.secondchancerescue.org.
November 15 – Vivere
A benefit for the American Cancer Society. This premier Twin Cities event is a gathering of our community’s leaders and dedicated supporters for a night of fun and fantasy, imagination and inspiration. During this unique fundraising event, you will experience games and on-going activities as well as live and silent auctions. Vivere~To Live! 6 p.m. Circus Juventas. 1270 Montreal Ave. St. Paul.
November 15 – Mortensen Construction Breath of Life Gala
A benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sponsored by Parsons Electric, ResirTech, Egan Co.& Metro Con. The annual Breath of Life Gala is the top fundraiser for the Minnesota Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The evening will be an elegant black-tie optional affair featuring a live and silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. 5:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency. Minneapolis. www.cff.org.
November 15 – MEDA Gala 2008 – An Evening Among Stars
A benefit for Metropolitan Economic Development Assoc. (MEDA). Sponsored by Target. The MEDA Gala is the premier benefit and networking event for entrepreneurs of color in the Twin Cities. This black-tie benefit dinner and auction provides critical funding to support MEDA’s programs and services, helping to produce new jobs and increased economic activity for the community. 6 p.m. Minneapolis Convention Center. 1301 Second Avenue South. Minneapolis. www.medagala.net.
November 18 – Community Cornerstone Award
A benefit for March of Dimes. Join us as we present the Community Cornerstone Award to recognize a company that exemplifies leadership and whose efforts have significantly contributed to the Twin Cities community. Enjoy a social hour with individuals from across the Twin Cities while helping to raise awareness of March of Dimes. 4:30 p.m. Nicollet Island Pavilion. 40 Power Street. Minneapolis. marchofdimes.com/minnesota.
November 20 – 2008 Kettle Kick-off
A benefit for The Salvation Army. The Christmas Kettle campaign kicks off with all day bell-ringing marathon, food and prizes. The Salvation Army is a faith-based human services organization that serves 2,100 hot meals each day, houses 850 people each night, and is the largest provider of Christmas toys in the metro. 9:30 a.m. www.thesalarmy.org.
November 21 – North Oaks I “Home for the Holidaysâ€
House Tour, Boutique and Luncheon. Friday and Saturday. 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. North Oaks Golf Club. Come and check out beautifully decorated homes and get in the holiday spirit! Bring your friends! Contact Mary Quinn at 651-482-9037. $25 per person.
November 21 – 2nd Annual Meeting
A benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The luncheon will feature stories of matches, the latest Big Brothers Big Sisters news and achievements as well as a keynote address from Hill Harper, Big Brother and national Big Brothers Big Sisters advocate. Hill is known for his current role on the hit television drama series, CSI:NY. 11:30 a.m. Metropolitan Ballroom. Minneapolis.
November 22 – Children’s Hospital Association’s 59th Annual Ball
A “Red Carpet Affairâ€ celebrating 75 years! Crowne Plaza St. Paul — Riverfront. Contact CHA office at 651-220-6176.
November 22 – Concert Event Fundraiser
A benefit for Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs. Benefit for the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, providing a premier choral opportunity for singers in grades 2 – 12. Dessert reception and performance by the renowned Angelica Cantanti Concert choir under the direction of Nancy Grundahl. 7 p.m. The Schneider Theater For The Performing Arts. Bloomington Center for the Arts. www.angelicacantanti.org.
November 22 – Voices from the Heart Gala
A benefit for Children in foster care and adoptive families. Sponsored by the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Fundraising gala celebrating National Adoption Day raises funds to support NACAC’s work to help children in foster care find permanent families and support adoptive families. Reception, dinner, auctions and entertainment. 6 p.m. Southview Country Club. West St. Paul. www.nacac.org.
November 29 – Tellabration! 2008
Sponsored by Northstar Storytelling. An all day extravaganza of storytelling for children and adults, culminating in an evening concert. 10 a.m. Open Book. 1011 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis. www.northstarstorytelling.org.
November 30 – Dreaming of a White Christmas
A benefit for Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as silent and live auctions, before attending the final dress rehearsal of Iriving Berlin’s White Christmas, followed by desserts with the cast. 5 p.m. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. 345 Washington Street. Saint Paul. ordway.org/ocos.