Phillips Eye Institute Foundation’s Annual Urban Cocktail Party
This hip event caters to both the established medical crowd as well as up-and-coming professionals (tickets are discounted for those 40 and under). At the event, which supports local eye health programs through Allina Health, you can relax with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to special guest singer/songwriter Keri Noble. The evening’s MC, KARE-11’s Belinda Jensen, will conduct the live and silent auction, and raffle drawing. Some 400 attended last year’s event.
6 p.m., $125-$1,000, Seven, Minneapolis, 612-775-8758, allinahealth.org/urbancocktailparty
Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Annual Meeting and Speakers Conference
Meet key stakeholders in the food and agriculture industry from the Upper Midwest. More than 400 industry leaders will offer their expertise from diverse corners of the agricultural industry, ranging from government relations professionals, commodity groups, farmer leaders, and public officials. Keynote speakers include University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler.
8 a.m., $30-$150, Minneapolis Convention Center, 651-905-8900, agrigrowth.org
Presented by the Minnesota High Tech Association, this event draws more than 1,000 technology experts and enthusiasts to honor Tekne Award finalists and winners. The award recognizes influential individuals for their achievements in manufacturing, information and security technology. In attendance will be some of Minnesota’s brightest minds from companies including 3M, Thomson Reuters, Ecolab, and Digital River.
4:30 p.m. VIP reception, 5 p.m. general registration, tickets start at $195, Minneapolis Convention Center, tekneawards.org
St. Paul Chamber Honors Gala
Although the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce hosts numerous networking opportunities throughout the year, this red carpet, black-tie-optional event is a special event, showcasing five businesses that have achieved excellence. The night will feature hors d’oeuvres and surprise entertainment (last year’s was a flash mob).
5:30 p.m., $75, Landmark Center, St. Paul, 651-223-5000, saintpaulchamber.com/events
Minnesota Family Business Awards
Learn from these family-owned companies that enrich the Minnesota business climate and add to our quality of life. Five businesses were chosen from more than 100 nominees for their stellar records of family involvement, strong records of success, community service, and multigenerational culture.
5:30 p.m., $100, Hilton Minneapolis, 612-336-9288, tcbmag.com/Honors-and-Events
WomenVenture’s 18th Annual Fall Event
Celebrating women and entrepreneurs, this benefit luncheon draws a crowd of professionals and community leaders with interests in investing in small businesses to spur economic success for women-owned businesses. Hosted by singer Jearlyn Steele, with keynote speaker surgeon/entrepreneur Taryn Rose, the event also features more than 30 vendor booths from local and women-owned businesses showcasing their products and services.
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., tickets start at $140, the Hilton Minneapolis, 651-646-3808, womenventure.org
Midwest Home & Holiday Show
This three-day showcase will feature some of the Twin Cities’ top remodelers, landscapers, designers and home improvement specialists, including participants in the Luxury Home Tour.
Friday 1-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $12 weekend pass, Minneapolis Convention Center, 612-371-5800, midwesthomeshow.com
Park Nicollet Foundation Hope Heals Gala
This event draws more than 1,000 community members, including Park Nicollet physicians, staff, business partners, and benefactors. Dinner, dancing, and auctions are part of the evening, with proceeds supporting children’s health services.
6 p.m., tickets start at $225, Minneapolis Hilton, 952-993-5023, parknicollet.com
Minnesota Rising’s 4th Annual Un/Conference
One of the most prominent gatherings of emerging leaders in the Twin Cities nonprofit world, this year’s event showcases the theme Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership. Hosted by and for leaders, the event features innovative learning, skill building, and networking. Spend a full day learning from up-and-coming nonprofit trailblazers, with a happy hour to cap it all off.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Free-$25, DLR Group, Minneapolis, minnesotarising.wordpress.com