FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018 | 6PM

US Bank Stadium

Hyundai Club & The Field

6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction

7:30 PM

Youth-Led Games
Dinner with Reserved Seating
Program & Live Auction
Performances by Local Club Youth

Keynote Speaker Paris Yarbrough
Live Music by The Celebrations


Evening, Black Tie/Cocktail


YOUTH OF THE YEAR: Heaven Cunningham, East Side Club



Heaven has been a Club member for the past five years. She has a rigorous course load in school, taking several Advanced Placement classes while maintaining a 3.4 GPA. She also leads an active lifestyle, captaining her school’s cheerleading team and helping recruit members for the BGCTC sports leagues. In her spare time, Heaven is dedicated to volunteering and service and has been the vice
president of her Keystone Club since 2015.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Paris Yarbrough, Club Alumna



Paris is an East Side Club alumna and Page Scholar. She graduated from Harding High School and
Augsburg University, and is now in her third and final year at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She is the former president of the Black Law Students Association and is currently clerking at a county attorney’s office. Even with her busy schedule, Paris continues her involvement with BGCTC as a volunteer in the STARS and STEM programs at the East Side Club.

HONORARY CHAIRS: Jerry & Diane Carlson



Jerry and Diane have been passionate supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs for over two decades. Jerry served on the BGCTC Board of Directors, and Diane is a long-time member and crucial leader of the Women’s Association—she has worked on nearly every benefit event over the past 20 years! Jerry and Diane are also key sponsors of the BGCTC Literacy Program. Their support allowed the Clubs to pilot a literacy initiative last fall aimed at identifying struggling Club members in grades 4-12, outside the K-3 age range targeted in our traditional Literacy Program. We saw tremendous success with the pilot, and are proud to announce that BGCTC will be rolling out this initiative to every Club site this fall thanks to the Carlsons’ leadership and support.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Celebrations



Dinner will include live music from The Celebrations, a fun, dynamite, top-shelf live band based right here in the Twin Cities.  These musicians are accomplished professionals and have performed with Grammy-winners, for athletes, and at festivals and events throughout the U.S. They play it all–hits from Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Blood Sweat and Tears, Eric Clapton, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown, and many more!

Hosted Beer from Pryes Brewing




Red Oak and Chevre Cheese with Watermelon Radish, Hazelnuts, Yellow Cherry Tomatoes and Picked Onion.

Entrée Duet

Braised Beef Short Rib with a Pan Reduction Demi & Pan Seared Salmon with a Citrus and English Pea Puree

Served with Baby Tri-Colored Carrots and Broccolini, Roasted Baby Red Potatoes in a Horseradish and Thyme


Pumpkin Pana Cotta, Cinnamon Sugar and Baileys Mouse


Mocha Pots de Crème with a layer of Salted Caramel and Strawberry Topping


An assortment of red and white wine will be served

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities is delighted to host a selection of wine for each guest ages 21 and up to enjoy.

Freshly Brewed Coffee, Regular and Decaf, and Iced Tea.

*Please speak with a staff member regarding any food restrictions for additional meal options

Contact Director of Special Events Alex Westman at 651-

200-4102 or with any questions.


 Featured Live Auction Items

Thank you to our live auction sponsors!

Jim & Suzanne Franklin


Event Sponsors

 Weinert Family Foundation

Club Sponsors

  Al & Kathy Lenzmeier

 Jerry & Diane Carlson

Platinum Sponsors

Tom & Jeanne Schnack

Mike & Susan Martiny

Tom & Holly Roos

Jim & Suzanne Franklin

Gold Sponsors

Taishoff Family Foundation


Andy & Linda Grey 

Jason & Catherine Lipinsky

Bronze Sponsors

Ernst & Young

Minnesota Twins

Hennepin County

Compass Group

Rob & Katie Loftus

Kevin & Jennifer Berg


Jim & Katie Miley

Marco Technologies, LLC

Wells Fargo


John & Sarah Bergstrom

CH Robinson

Tierney Brothers

Mark and Heather Stonacek

Pratt Industries


Commercial Plumbing and Heating 

Minnesota Vikings


In-Kind Sponsors