Plugged In: January 2014

Plugged In: January 2014

The best opportunities for networking this month.

January 4

Edina Feds Fest Carnivale
Started in 1969 by 17 civic-minded women, the Edina Federated Women’s Club is throwing its annual event to entertain and raise money to help youth education. No need to break the ice among the more than 200 southwest metro residents who usually attend; Bill Arnold, Minneapolis-based comedian and co-creator of the nationally renowned comedy Triple Espresso, will work his magic. Hosted at the lavish Westin, the night includes live and silent auctions, games and entertainment.

5:30 p.m., $100, Westin Edina Galleria Hotel, 612-670-3073,


January 21

Small Business Success Stories
You don’t have to be a big company to boast big achievements. Twin Cities Business’ annual event recognizes companies with fewer than 500 employees across a range of industries. This year’s honorees: Healthsense, Hillcrest Media Group, Fantasy Flight Games, the Line Up, Vexilar, Little, Dahl Consulting, Business Impact Group, Engineering America and I See Me!

5:30 p.m., $100 individual, $1,000 per table of 10, Hilton Minneapolis, 612-336-9288,


January 23

Minnesota Twins' Diamond Awards
Bid on rare baseball memorabilia, get autographs from Twins players and help a good cause. The Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America will recognize Twins players for their outstanding performance in 2013, along with special awards, including baseball legend Tony Oliva who will receive the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement award. Current and former players and coaches, corporate partners, community donors and University of Minnesota faculty and staff will be at the night’s dinner and awards ceremony. Proceeds benefit research, education and care in brain, nerve and muscle disorders at the U of M.

5:30 p.m., $150, V.I.P. tickets $1,000, Target Field, 612-624-4444,


January 25

Angel Gala
The Angel Foundation supports adults with cancer by providing emergency financial assistance. Now in its 12th year, the gala draws more than 600 guests from the medical, business and civic communities, as well as people who have been affected by cancer. Desperate Housewives star James Denton is the night’s MC, orchestrating the live auction and program. Be inspired by stories of those affected by cancer, hear Jearlyn Steele and the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, and hit the dance floor to the sounds of disco dance band Boogie Wonderland. The foundation raised $440,000 last year, and is aiming to do it again.

6 P.M., $175, $3,000 tribute table seats 10, Hilton Minneapolis, 612-627-9000,


“Vegas, Baby!”: Bloomington Chamber of Commerce 25th annual gala
You don’t need to hop a flight to Sin City for a night of fun. Each year, the Bloomington chamber raises money to support its scholarship program for high school seniors in Bloomington. This year, glam up in your favorite Vegas garb to fit the theme. You can join in on the live dessert auction, where Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead auctions off treats for hundreds of dollars. The bling doesn’t stop there; there’s also a raffle and silent auction, and of course, in true Vegas style, dinner and entertainment.

6 P.M., $80, $750 table of 10, Radisson Blu Mall of America, 952-888-8818,

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