Plugged In: February 2014

Plugged In: February 2014

The best opportunities for networking this month.

February 8st

The Arc Gala: A Place to Call Home
Hundreds attend this fundraiser for the Arc Greater Twin Cities, which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Corporate sponsors include KPMG, Dorsey & Whitney and UnitedHealth Group. MPR host Cathy Wurzer is the MC, with entertainment by Katy Vernon (right) and the New Standards. Proceeds help fund housing resources for people with disabilities.

5:30 p.m., $150, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 952-915-3695,

February 14th

Check out the Valentine’s Day Mardi Gras gala that the Child Neurology Foundation is putting on to raise money for the 18,000 kids in Minnesota with a neurologic disorder.

6 p.m. $125, Metropolitan Ballroom, Minneapolis, 877-263-5430.

February 20th

Taste of the Timberwolves
Sample fare from top local restaurants while you mingle with coaches and players like Ricky Rubio (above), along with corporate sponsors and other fans. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser go to the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation, which supports youth programs.

$400-$15,000, Target Center, 612-673-1667,

February 22nd

Whisker Whirl
Bring Fido with you on your night out on the town. Hosted by the Minnesota Animal Humane Society, the night is for animal lovers to support the 145-year-old organization that protects the lives and welfare of thousands of Minnesota animals. More than 125 silent auction items are up for bid. Sponsors include GLS Companies and Subaru.

5 p.m., $125-$1,600, the Depot, 763-432-4842,

February 26th

Celebrate Opportunity luncheon
Opportunity Partners helps adults with disabilities in the Twin Cities to live, learn and work independently. This event includes a customer recognition presentation and networking with community and business leaders from companies such as General Mills and Graco. Hosted by WCCO-TV’s Frank Vascellaro (left), the event, which drew 450 business executives last year, will also include a business partner showcase.

10:30 a.m., $50, Marriott Minneapolis West, , 952-912-7448,

February 27th

United Way’s Best of Awards
United Way will celebrate recent successes and recognize organizations in categories such as Best in Fundraising and Best Employee Engagement. More than 800 people from 150 corporations, nonprofits and agencies attended last year.

5 p.m., free but tickets required, Minneapolis Convention Center, 612-340-7400,


If you have an event coming up in the months ahead, please email details to

Next Month:

March 3
Bring your start-up ideas to the Minnesota Cup Women’s Entrepreneur Event.

March 7th
Law and Business Day: Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg and the University of Minnesota West Bank, which brings together civic and business leaders for a wide-ranging discussion.

March 8th
Join World Cup soccer star and St. Paul native Tony Sanneh at Gala for Goals, a fundraiser for the Sanneh Foundation, which empowers children through sport and leadership.

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