Plugged In: August 2012

Plugged In: August 2012

The best opportunities for networking this month.

August 3

Macy’s Glamorama

Once again, Glamorama will convene the Twin Cities’ creative class for a blowout music and fashion show at the Orpheum and after-party on the eighth floor of Macy’s. The evening provides plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle, but if you’re feeling particularly lavish, opt for the $1,000 VIP ticket. It gets you access to a private preshow cocktail reception, premium seating at the show, plus entry to the VIP lounge, where the talent often hangs out (this year’s performers include Robin Thicke and Karmin). It’s all for a good cause, of course: the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. This year’s theme is the British Invasion, so expect plenty of songs by British pop icons.

8 p.m., $60–$1,000, Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, 952-893-9355,


August 4

Humphrey Mondale Dinner

The DFL has held the Hubert H. Humphrey Dinner for decades, but this is the first time the other vice president from Minnesota has had his name on the billing. The event will attract bigwigs from local politics and government—as well as business, law, and other spheres—especially because a major national Democratic bigwig (Bill Clinton) is giving the keynote address. The general admission ticket includes dinner and the chair’s reception, but if you want more exclusive access, spring for at least the $500 ticket, which gets you into the Governor’s Reception and ensures premium seats at dinner.

Time TBD, $125–$5,000, Minneapolis Convention Center, 651-251-6390,


August 4

Starkey’s So the World May Hear Awards Gala

In the local gala scene, nothing quite compares with the Starkey gala. It attracts big names like Kevin Bacon, Steve Martin, and; ticket prices start at $1,500; and it’s not just one evening but three days of events, including VIP parties at Starkey founder Bill Austin’s home and Friday-morning golf at Olympic Hills Golf Club. “It is probably the best, biggest gala for network opportunities,” says Fredrikson & Byron Partner Steve Helland. The black-tie/red-carpet gala kicks off Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. VIP champagne reception, followed by cocktails and a silent auction before dinner and the official program, all raising money to provide hearing aids for people in need around the world.

3 p.m. cocktails, 5 p.m. dinner, $1,500–$5,000, Saint Paul RiverCentre, 866-354-3254,


August 12

The 23rd Annual Polo Classic

Supervalu Chief Design Officer Sharon Lessard says this is one August event she’ll be sure to attend—as will some 2,500 other Twin Citians who enjoy sipping champagne and watching the “sport of kings” on a summer Sunday afternoon. One of the longer-running charity events in the state, it attracts a diverse mix of corporate sponsors (U.S. Trust, OptumHealth, Ralph Lauren), business folks, families, polo lovers, and people associated with the University of Minnesota Equine Center, which benefits from the event. New this year is a VIP tent with a soundstage, plus a classic car show featuring more than $20 million worth of cars. Luckily, the price tag for entrance is much more reasonable:

11 a.m. gates open, 2 p.m. polo match, $25, $30 (for VIP access), Twin City Polo Club, Maple Plain, 651-283-9930,


August 16

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Art Perchance

The MIA hosts a gala party every year, but this is decidedly not it: Art Perchance is more like a relaxed outdoor carnival—think games, drawings, henna tattoos, and live music. Of course, it’s still an MIA event, so the carnival games are played not for tacky stuffed animals but for a chance to win artwork. “[The MIA does] everything beautifully and you can expect to see many business leaders there,” says Susan Eilertsen, a strategic communications and branding consultant. While admission is free (in conjunction with the MIA’s Third Thursday), several levels of patron tickets come with special perks, including a private artist reception and a VIP lounge.

5 p.m., free–$500, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 612-870-3000,


August 20

27th Annual TwinWest
Golf Classic

You don’t have to be a TwinWest Chamber of Commerce member to take part in this golf outing, nor do you have to assemble your own foursome. In fact, signing up and getting placed in a foursome could be a great way to make new contacts. John Colbourne, former regional president at Wells Fargo Bank, says this is one event that’s on his radar for August. “I want to make sure that we’re out supporting our chambers,” he says.

11:30 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start, 4 p.m. par-3 shotgun start, $85–$199, Medina Golf & Country Club, 763-450-2220,


Ticket Alert


If you don’t have tickets for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s September 7–9 opening nights yet, mark your calendar for August 13, when single tickets go on sale for the 2012–2013 season. 651-291-1144,

More Golf


August 6: Raise the Roof Golf Tournament
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s 17th annual golf tournament is good for networking, but it fills up quickly: There’s only room for 32 foursomes, many of which go to corporate sponsors such as General Mills. 12:15 p.m. check-in, 1 p.m. shotgun start, $1,500 for a foursome, Minneapolis Golf Club, 612-305-7108,

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