Plugged In: June 2013

Plugged In: June 2013

The best opportunities for networking this month.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Gala & Summer Party

The MIA’s fourth annual fundraising event, inspired by the exhibition “More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness,” offers formal and more casual networking options. For a more formal environment, attend the gala, which begins with an outdoor cocktail reception, followed by a black-tie dinner and live auction. For young professionals and others keen on low-key socializing, a ticket to the open-air summer party in Target Park at 8:30 p.m. means light bites, a complimentary drink, and live music, where you can dance until midnight. After 10 p.m., the two parties become one, as gala ticket-holders join the celebration under the stars.

6 P.M., $85-$750, Target Park, Mpls., 888-642-2787,

Human Rights Awards Dinner

Join supporters and activists from the legal, business, philanthropic, and academic communities for the largest human rights gathering in the Midwest, as the Advocates for Human Rights organization celebrates its 30th anniversary. The night’s keynote speakers are U.S. ambassador to Morocco Samuel Kaplan and his wife, Sylvia Chessen Kaplan. Minnesotans United for All Families and Our Vote Our Future will be honored at the dinner, with an estimated attendance of around 800.

5 P.M., $175, the Hilton Minneapolis, 612-746-4677,

World Savvy Gala

Network with a mix of education professionals and members of the international community at World Savvy’s Twin Cities fundraiser, the third in a series of national galas for the global education nonprofit. More than 250 people are expected at the event, which includes both a silent and live auction, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar, held in the American Swedish Institute’s new addition, which opened last year. If you’re an educator, nonprofit worker, or young professional, take advantage of the $75 reduced ticket price to mingle with a diverse crowd.

6 P.M., $100, American Swedish Institute, Mpls., 612-767-4438,

American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

The ever-popular Red Cross event outgrew its last venue, so don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate local heroes at Target Field. Sponsors include General Mills, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and U.S. Bank. Guests can network during breakfast before this year’s honorees—including Good Samaritans, disaster relief workers, members of the military, and law enforcement—are recognized.

7:30 A.M., $50, Legends Club at Target Field, Mpls., 612-871-7676,

Playworks Corporate Kickball Tournament

There’s no better way to celebrate summer’s long-awaited arrival than by bonding with coworkers during some friendly outdoor competition. Teams that sign up for the full-day event are guaranteed at least three games of kickball, team shirts, lunch, and beverages. The winning team gets to take home a traveling trophy, but don’t miss the happy hour afterward, where you can mingle with employees from other companies in the name of good sportsmanship. Up to 16 teams are expected to compete. Proceeds benefit Playworks Twin Cities, which provides adult “coaches” to make recess safer and more fun at area schools.

11 A.M., $1,500, McMurray Fields, St. Paul, 612-284-8080,

Fête 50 at the Guthrie

The Guthrie’s 50th anniversary will be the Twin Cities’ hot ticket this weekend. There’s a family-friendly community celebration on Sunday, but don’t miss the big party Saturday night. The capstone Behold: A Gala Performance will include scenes from new and classic plays, songs from popular musicals, an original composition by Tony-award winning songwriter Jason Robert Brown, and the men’s vocal ensemble Cantus. Your best bet is the Fête 50 ticket, which grants you access to a small-plates dinner party, performance, Champagne reception, and dancing. If you’re looking for something more exclusive, the $5,000 Golden Soirée tickets include a select gathering at 5:30 p.m., featuring dinner by James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee

6:30 P.M., $500, Guthrie Theater, Mpls., 612-225-6350, anniversary_celebration_weekend

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