Plugged In: July 2012

Plugged In: July 2012

The best opportunities for networking this month.

July 9
Struthers Parkinson’s Golf and Bridge Challenge
Much of Minnesota’s networking moves to the golf course come summer, and there’s a slew of charitable tournaments to choose from this month. “This is absolutely a must for us,” says Bob Jossart, president of RJM Construction. “There are a lot of professional people there. . . . It’s a great way to say hi to a lot of our relationships.” Jossart notes that a number of contractors and subcontractors attend, but the event also draws a strong legal, financial, and health care crowd. Last year’s challenge saw record-breaking attendance and raised more than $65,000 for Park Nicollet’s Struthers Parkinson’s Center. If golf’s not your thing, you can sign up for the bridge tournament instead or get a dinner-only ticket. 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times, 3 p.m. bridge,
6:45 p.m. dinner; $50–$275, Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, 952-993-5023,

July 12
Minnesota Business Hall of Fame Awards
You’ll be in good company at Twin Cities Business’ annual awards dinner. This year’s Business Hall of Fame inductees include Ecolab CEO Doug Baker, U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis, Life Time Fitness CEO Bahram Akradi, Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith, and Curt Sampson, chairman of Communications Systems Inc. and Canterbury Park Holding Corporation. Some 300 other businesspeople will join them for an evening of celebration and inspiration. 5:30 p.m., $120, Hilton Minneapolis, 612-568-2250,

July 16
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 65 Roses Golf Classic
Work-gear maker Ergodyne is the lead sponsor of this annual event, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that the event attracts leading safety manufacturers, including 3M and Brady Worldwide. “It is a who’s who for the manufacturing and worker safety industry,” notes Beehive PR President and CEO Lisa Hannum. You also can mingle your way through the pre-golf lunch and the post-golf cocktail reception, dinner, and auction. 11 a.m., $150–$500, Legends Golf Club, Prior Lake, 651-631-3290, ext. 11,

July 19
Como Park Zoo’s Travelers Sunset Affair
The local gala scene slows to a crawl in July, but then the Sunset Affair isn’t really your typical gala. The dress code is summer party-wear (yes, they actually want you to be comfortable and relaxed), much of the event is held outdoors on zoo grounds, and exotic animals are among the special guests—there’s even a butterfly release this year. Expect to run into east-metro movers and shakers from the business world (including from marquee sponsor Travelers), as well as from government, media, and philanthropic circles. Tickets often sell out by July 1, so act soon if you want to go. 5:30 p.m., $150–$200, Como Park Zoo, St. Paul, 651-487-8229,

July 30 – August 5
20th Annual 3M Championship
You probably won’t be golfing in this one, considering it’s part of the PGA’s Champions Tour, but it’s still a good place for summer socializing. “If you are lucky enough to [get into] a special VIP area at the 3M Championship, you will have a great opportunity to network,” says Kathleen Hedlund, director of global accounts for HelmsBriscoe. While general admission is free, you’ll have to dish out some green for that VIP experience: $1,000 gets you a reserved seat in the executive skybox near the 18th green, while $150 gets you access to the Pro-Am Tent. There are events all week long, but the weekend is the big draw, featuring the championship play and the Greats of Golf Challenge with legends like Arnold Palmer and Chi Chi Rodriguez. Free–$1,000, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, 763-783-9000,

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