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Where Everybody Belongs
At St. David's Center, inclusion is not a practice or an educational strategy, it is a value. Learn how preschool children, like Jonathan, benefit when they have opportunities to play and learn side-by-side with children of all abilities. Watch video.
Play for All
St. David's Center opened the first toddler playground in Minnesota combining inclusive and natural play elements in September 2010. Learn more.
Importance of Early Intervention
Learn how preschool children with developmental challenges, like Joey and Drew, make gains faster thanks to intensive, targeted intervention early in life. Watch video.
St. David's Center proudly meets all of the Charity Review Council's Accountability Standards for non-profits. Charities that meet all standards are granted the use of the Council's "Meets Standards" seal which gives donors indication of a charity's commitment to accountable and ethical practices. Learn more.
What is St. David's Center?
With a 50-year history, St. David's Center has grown and changed based on community need. Learn more about the organization today and our goals for the future in this video overview.
Finding a Toy for Your Child with Special Needs
St. David's Center partnered with Creative Kidstuff to train their staff and develop a website to help you find the right toy for your child with special needs, develop their skills and show you the best way to play. Check it out.
"Tee Up for Tomorrow" Golf Tournament
Golf Hazeltine while supporting St. David's Center at our Inaugural Tee Up for Tomorrow Golf Tournament presented by the Minnesota Vikings and John Randle on Monday, July 15. Learn more.
Inside every child is a spark. Light the way. Make them shine.
On Saturday, March 9, while it rained outside International Market Square, all of the glow could be found inside at our 2013 Make Them Shine Gala.
More than 500 guests filled the fabulously-decorated venue in support of critically-needed early intervention services at St. David's Center.
Some highlights of the 24th annual fundraiser include:
- The gala's first-ever emcee, KARE 11 Anchor Tim McNiff, kept guests up-to-speed on the events of the evening.
- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar welcomed guests via video and spoke of her passionate support for early childhood education and intervention, and the important work St. David's Center does every day to help children and families "reach the stars."
- Speed Painter Tim Decker created two portraits -- Albert Einstein and the Statue of Liberty -- which sold for a combined total of $4,750 at the live auction.
- A tribute to St. David's Center Board Member Rachel Roen, who passed away suddenly last fall.
See photos from the event on our Facebook page and in the May issues of Minnesota Monthly and Mpls.St. Paul Magazine.
- Corporate Sponsors/Table Hosts: $97,700
- Individual Ticket Sales: $14,345
- Live Auction: $47,350
- Silent Auction: $27,570
- Light the Way: $68,075
- Raffles and cash donations: $14,813
Light The Way
Thank you to the Peterson and Snyder families for sharing their personal journey as part of the Light the Way program. Vincent's experience in the Family Place: Preschool Day Treatment program demonstrates the importance of the home visiting programs St. David's Center provides to children and families in need.
Through sharing their story, we exceeded our goal and raised $68,075 at the gala to support home visiting services in our community!
It's not too late to give; if you haven't already, please consider making a donation and lighting the way for children and families who are facing adversity.
Many thanks to our gala sponsors for making this event possible and for supporting our work in early childhood education, early intervention and life-phase services.
Audio Visual Sponsor
A.E. Conrad Company; Brette.Net Consulting; Creative Kidstuff; Crosby Family; Culligan Water Conditioning; Lars and Molly Erdahl; Hansen Family; Tom and Sarah Giel; Jen With a Lens Photography; Bill and Kelly Lemieux; Donald and Cynthia MacMillan; Paul and Wendy McCullough; Moeller Family; Mutual of America; Netgain; Chris and Leslie Neugent; Jeff and Lesley Newhouse; Premier Bank; Nilan Johnson Lewis, P.A.; Jon and Julie Olson; Piper Jaffray & Co.; John and Candace Randle; Satisfaction Management Systems; Jon and Julz Schwingler; SFM Mutual Insurance Company; Dan and Julie Sjordal; Jason and Anne Spaeth; Nate and Erica Tennessen; Thrivent Financial; Westwood Professional Services, Inc.
Questions? Contact our Events Manager at 952-548-8627.
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