Plugged In: June 2012

Plugged In: June 2012

The best opportunities for networking this month.

June 4
Women Winning’s 30th Annual Luncheon

Women Winning has always attracted influential Twin Cities women—its founding board of directors in 1982 included the likes of Sally Pillsbury, Sage Fuller Cowles, and Arvonne Fraser. Its 30th anniversary luncheon promises to gather an equally prominent group, with 1,200 elected officials, businesswomen, and others who support the nonpartisan PAC’s mission to elect women to office. “[It’s] usually a good cross-section of women leaders in the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors,” says Kathy Schmidlkofer, executive vice president of Greater MSP. If you want to mingle in a more intimate crowd, spring for the $500 event ticket, which includes access to a private June 3 reception with this year’s special guest, Anita Hill. 11 a.m., $125–$500, The Depot Minneapolis, 651-251-0690,

June 13
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Gala in the Gardens

The gala scene meets garden party at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s annual summer fundraiser, which includes alfresco drinks and dining amid the arboretum’s blooms. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the arboretum’s floral displays and mingle with many from the business community,” says Gabbert & Beck president Warren Beck. The usually sold-out crowd of 500 includes representatives from business and philanthropy; past attendees have included Jim and Carmen Campbell, Bob and Polly McCrea, Blythe Brenden, and Muffy MacMillan. 6 p.m., $250, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, 612-625-9437,

June 14-16
Minnesota Orchestra’s Season Finale and Symphony Ball

The Symphony Ball always attracts top-tier business and philanthropic names, but it won’t be the orchestra’s only big-time event in June. This month also sees a special season finale concert celebrating the last performance in Orchestra Hall before its $50 million renovation. The orchestra will bid a temporary farewell to the space with a stellar lineup of conductors and performers, including Osmo Vänskä, Andrew Litton, Doc Severinsen, Irvin Mayfield, and many others.

Season Finale: 7:30 p.m. on June 14, 8 p.m. on June 15, $25–$99, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, 612-371-5656
Symphony Ball: 5:30 p.m. on June 16, $375, The Depot Minneapolis, 612-371-7177

June 22
MIA Gala and Preview of Rembrandt in America

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ third annual gala coincides with the opening of Rembrandt in America, an exhibition many years in the making. A collaboration among the MIA and two other museums, it’s one of the largest American exhibitions of Rembrandt’s works, and will dig into questions of authenticity and imitation. The gala will kick off with a sneak peek of the exhibition, followed by a black-tie dinner that’s sure to draw heavy hitters from the MIA community. For those on a tighter budget, there’s also a 9 p.m. after-party with an exhibition preview and entertainment. 6 p.m., $750 ($150 for after-party), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 612-870-6323,

June 23
Midsummer Mischief: Guthrie Theater’s Costume Ball

The Guthrie’s inaugural costume ball last year drew 1,000 guests, in part by offering a range of revelry. There’s the costume-clad cocktail hour, followed by three different gourmet dinners (the most exclusive is the $1,500-a-ticket Starlight Dinner on the Wurtele Thrust stage) and the 9 p.m. dance party, led this year by Transmission DJ Jake Rudh. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to participate, because they open the doors for $10 a person [at 9 p.m.],” says Tim Huebsch, digital marketing integration manager at General Mills. “It’s an amazing, cheap way to plug in with some major donors of the institution.” If you need help with the evening’s attire, you can rent from CostumeRentals, which offers choices from the Guthrie and Children’s Theatre collections. 5 p.m., $10–$1,500, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, 612-225-6165,


Golf season is in full swing, and there are plenty of events to get you out on the links for a good cause. Jay Abdo, senior partner with Abdo Eick & Meyers, recommends the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tournament of Hope on June 4 and the Bloomington Chamber Golf Classic on June 18, both at Minnesota Valley Country Club. Here are a few others worth checking out as well:

  • June 11: Children’s Hospitals Golf Benefit at White Bear Yacht Club
  • June 11: Champions for Children Golf Classic at Windsong Farm Golf Club, benefiting Amplatz Children’s Hospital
  • June 11: Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic at Hillcrest Golf Club
  • June 18: Golf Classic “Fore” Diabetes at Town and Country Club, benefiting the University of Minnesota’s Schulze Diabetes Institute
  • June 18: Helping Hands for Kids Golf Tournament at Minikahda Club, benefiting Washburn Center for Children
  • June 18: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Rochester Golf & Country Club

Supercharged Networking

The 2012 InterCity Leadership Visit will take a delegation of Twin Cities leaders to Denver this fall. “It’s partly about seeing what they do well in another city, but . . . it’s also an opportunity to spend two-plus days with like-minded folks from the Twin Cities,” says Kathy Tunheim, CEO of Tunheim Partners. “It’s sort of supercharged networking.” Tickets usually sell out a couple months in advance, so act soon if you’re interested. $2,295, September 30–October 2, Denver, 612-501-0377,

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