For the Kids Logo with a black and white photo of children holding hands. April 22, 2022 | 6PM | The Depot Minneapolis

We are pleased excited for For the Kids 2023! Stay tuned for more information. Scroll down to learn all about last year’s event!

For the Kids! provides an opportunity for us to come together as a community to support our BGCTC Club kids while making an investment that ensures we continue creating equitable opportunities for all young people.

This year’s program is inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of our BGCTC Club members. Teens will work as a team to develop an innovative concept that will impact social change either in their very own Club environment or broader Club community. They will then bring those concepts to our very own “Club Shark Tank” to compete for the opportunity to present their concept at For the Kids!. Our For the Kids! attendees can then literally invest in the innovation and creativity of our future generation.

**BGCTC will continue to monitor and adjust its COVID-19 protocols in an effort to maintain the health and safety of all For the Kids! attendees. Masks are optional at this event, but not required.

Meet Your Hosts:

Miss Shannan Paul (Emcee)

See Miss Shannan as a regular on “The Jason Show.” Plus, hear Miss Shannan weekly on MyTalk 107.1 hosting the “Health and Wealth Show,” and her podcast called “Be Our Geek.”

She was named 2020’s “Best Stand-up Comedian” by City Pages ®. Campus Activities Magazine® included Miss Shannan as one of eight Top Speaker Picks for 2015. Her storytelling and irresistible smile are sure to crack up even the most stone-faced curmudgeon. She can relate to just about everyone whether they be business professionals, students, Sci-Fi fans, jocks, or soccer moms.

Kurt Johnson (Auctioneer)


Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has carved a niche as one of the nation’s premier benefit and corporate motivational auction companies. With 30 years’ experience and over 2,600 auctions to its credit, Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has raised more than $200 million for nonprofit organizations. Our award-winning staff is well-known for entertaining/engaging its audience; sharing information about an event’s cause; and calling attendees to action through lively bidding and good-natured fun. The end result is a successful live auction achieved through the excitement of audience collaboration.

Live Performance By:

Ashley DuBose

Ashley DuBose is probably most widely known for her hit single, “Intoxicated”, and for her participation in Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice.

In 2014, Ashley was chosen “Best Vocalist (Female)” by one of the most respected news and entertainment sources in her hometown, City Pages, for their annual Best of the Twin Cities magazine issue.

Always a dreamer and determined woman, Ashley is working to spread feel-good music to the masses, with dreams of one day realizing Cee-Lo Green’s 2013 prediction that he would be routing for Ashley “front row at the Grammys! Ashley DuBose is realizing her childhood dream. She is determined to be a living example to her daughter that when you fuel a dream with heart and action, that dream will, in time, become reality.

Guests can also look forward to an extraordinary live and silent auction, fabulous food and a fun after party. We are excited to see you there!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the event! If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact Grace Bettendorf at [email protected]

2022 Corporate and Event Partners


Weinert Family Foundation

Al & Kathy Lenzmeier


Bally Sports North logo


Tom & Holly Roos


Tom & Jeanne Schnack

Jim & Suzanne Franklin


Jason & Catherine Lipinsky


Paul Hansen

Kevin & Jennifer Berg

Dianna Zuendel

Danette Smith

For more information, please contact Shannon Mattson at [email protected]