Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: October 2018

Sue Z.’s philanthropic food events this month keep families close and fight cardiovascular disease

Toast to Courage

WHAT: A Toast to Courage
WHEN: Friday, October 12, 6 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Radisson Blu, Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington

WHY: To raise funds for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

INSIDER INFO: Emcee Rena Sarigianopoulos of Kare 11 silent and live auction, gourmet dinner with wine pairings, stories of courage. $175 per person, $2,500 per table. Learn more.

Love Gala

WHAT: Ronald McDonald House’s Love Gala RMHC Upper Midwest Keeping Families Close 
WHEN: Saturday, October 13
WHERE: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, 225 South Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

WHY: Home away from home for families with seriously ill or injured children with four Twin Cities locations serving 5,400 families a year. #KeepingFamiliesClose 

INSIDER INFO: Emcees: Daniel Green and Amy Mathews. Special performance by Kat Perkins. Featured family: the Schlief family. Post-party music: Casablanca Orchestra. Presented by Dancing DRAGONFLY winery. $250 per person, $2,500 per table. Learn more.

Dance to Your Heartbeat

WHAT: Heartbeat Gala: Your Heart, Your Adventure
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis

WHY: Learn about heart and vascular disease in younger people and the difference research can make.

INSIDER INFO: Black tie admired, but not required. Keynote speaker: Alison Levine. Emcee: Roshini Rajkumar. After party cocktails, snacks, and heart-pumping music. $500 per person, $50 for the after-party. Learn more.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.