Plugged In: September 2014

Plugged In: September 2014

The best opportunities for networking in September.

10 Wednesday
Gala in the Gardens
Join representatives from Mosaic, UnitedHealth Group, Pentair and more at this fundraising gala for the arboretum. Enjoy the al fresco dining and live music in the autumn gardens. The event also features a live and silent auction. Corporate sponsors and patrons can attend the pre-event reception with artist Craig Mitchell Smith. 6 p.m., $250-$500, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 612-625-9437,

13 Saturday
Avant Garden
The Walker Art Center celebrates its 75th anniversary—its diamond jubilee—with a glam garden party. The benefit includes performances by the New Standards as well as DJ Sye Young. Head to the dance floor, where representatives from Thrivent Financial, Target, Best Buy and more will be cutting the rug. The event includes dinner, cocktails and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Walker’s artistic and educational programming. 6 p.m., $125-$10,000, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 612-375-7641,

16-17 Tuesday-Wednesday
Robotics Alley Conference and Expo
More than 500 leaders in the robotics industry—from research and development to manufacturing to law and policymaking—will attend. It’s a great opportunity for business leaders and entrepreneurs to learn about the latest in robotics technology. Breakout sessions cover a wide range of industry applications, from agriculture to retail to national defense. 7 a.m., $119-$699, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, 763-548-1313,

20 Saturday
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Gala
Celebrating 32 years of achievement, the Minneapolis Heart Institute hosts this chic party. Mingle and network during the pre-dinner reception (complete with complimentary cocktails) and at the post-program coffee bar. 5:30 p.m., Minneapolis Hilton, 612-863-3833,

27 Saturday
Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities
Now in its third year, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare hosts this fundraising evening of laughs. Network during the cocktail party and get your funny bone tickled playing interactive games at the Opening Act party. Stand-up comedian/ actor David Spade headlines the night. Wind down with dessert and more chances to mingle at the after-party. 5:30 p.m., $75-$185, Minneapolis Hilton, 651-229-1720,

27 Saturday
Service to Humanity Gala
Since 2003, the Service to Humanity gala has raised more than $11 million to benefit United Hospital. The gala will honor Dr. Patricia Penovich and restaurateur Moe Sharifkhani. Purchase a raffle ticket for $50 for a chance to win a 2014 Ford Mustang convertible. 5:30 p.m., $205, St. Paul RiverCentre, 651-241-8022,

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