Big Brothers Big Sisters' Island Paradise Gala

WHAT: The Island Paradise Gala was held on May 16 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

THE CAUSE: The event raised $270,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, an organization that matches mentors with youth to provide guidance and nurturing.

MOVE TO THE MUSIC: The Voice contestant and former “little sister” Ashley DuBose performed with a choir of program participants singing backup, and the R Factor band kept the party going with dance tunes late into the evening.

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE: The evening included both live and silent auctions with prizes such as a tropical getaway and a party catered by the Hot Indian Foods truck.