Plugged In: May 2013

Plugged In: May 2013

The best opportunities for networking this month.

{May 2}

Bloom: A Time for Transformation
Close to 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s TreeHouse gala, helping support more than 1,500 Twin Cities–area at-risk teens (150 of whom will be in attendance). Sponsors include Periscope, Target, the Minnesota Twins, and the Mall of America; the evening will draw from retail, marketing, sports, and health care companies. Check out the raffle and silent auction beforehand; a VIP ticket will get you into an intimate pre-dinner reception, including a meet-and-greet with musical guest Josh Groban.

5 p.m., $300-$1,000, The Depot, 952-238-1010,

{May 4}

Basilica Landmark’s Sixth Annual Emmanuel Masqueray Ball
Named 2012 Best Nonprofit Event by the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of the International Special Events Society, the Masqueray Ball benefits the Basilica Landmark’s ongoing mission to preserve and restore the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and its campus. This year enjoy dinner among the stars at Windows on Minnesota atop the IDS Center. The post-meal Heavenly Libations party provides the best opportunities to mingle, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing to the R Factor.

5 p.m., $95 (cocktail party only)-$225, IDS Center, 612-317-3428,

{May 8}

Twin Cities International Citizen Awards Gala
International scholars, businesspeople, and foreign dignitaries come together to celebrate individuals and corporations whose work has contributed significantly to international understanding, cooperation, and development. Two hundred guests are expected, including many with ties to health care, agribusiness, law, and energy. Highlights include a Freedom Day keynote speech by the South African Consul General, a selection of South African wines, and representatives from Minneapolis’ sister city in Kenya.

5 p.m., $100, Minneapolis Club, 651-690-7866,

{May 11}

PACER Center’s 31st Annual Benefit
Up to 3,000 people have filled the convention center for PACER’s annual benefit, which draws guests from every corner of the Twin Cities ecosystem and features high-profile entertainment (past acts include Earth, Wind & Fire and Sheryl Crow). This year’s sponsors include players in the auto, financial, and technology industries. Options for the night are plentiful—purchase a separate ticket for gourmet dinner, attend the silent auction, or enjoy a live auction before joining everyone in the auditorium for a performance by Jay Leno. Patron-level ticket holders and up will enjoy socializing post-concert at a champagne party in the rotunda.

Dinner 5 p.m., performance 8 p.m., $65-$550, Minneapolis Convention Center, 952-838-9000,

{May 15}

Minnesota Business Ethics Awards Luncheon
Expect a lot of professional leaders at MBEA’s luncheon recognizing Minnesota-based companies that promote ethical conduct in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Begin the morning with a networking session before moving on to lunch, a keynote address by Target Chairman, President, and CEO Gregg Steinhafel, and the awards ceremony, hosted by Cyndy Brucato. Past recipients range from the Schwan Food Company and KleinBank to St. Jude Medical; businesses of all sizes and from all industries will be in attendance. (Registration deadline is May 10.)

11:30 a.m., $50, Nicollet Island Pavilion, 651-815-0668,

{May 16}

University of St. Thomas’ Entrepreneur Awards
Hear from recipients of the Family Business of the Year award, Entrepreneur Alumnus of the Year award, and more when you attend the University of St. Thomas ceremony. The evening provides the perfect opportunity for networking with Opus College of Business students and alumni, along with local entrepreneurs. Celebrating those who excel in innovation and ethics, this is the perfect place to share insights and make new contacts.

5:30 p.m., $65, Woulfe Alumni Hall, 651-962-4241,

{May 18}

Big Brothers Big Sisters Motown Magic Gala
KSTP sports anchor Joe Schmit will emcee the spirited 15th annual gala. Finish off a night of dinner, cocktails, and silent and live auctions by grooving to the sounds of Motown, performed by the Steeles. Can’t attend? Check out the BBBS’ Young Professionals Committee—past events include happy hours and a Timberwolves game.

6 p.m., $150, Marriott City Center, 651-789-2431,

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