Within every child is a spark. Light the way. Make them shine.

On March 7, 2015, a sold-out crowd of 500 filled McNamara Alumni Center for our annual Make Them Shine Gala, raising a record-breaking $370,000!

VIPs kicked off the night with a beer tasting hosted by Fulton Brewery and wine tasting hosted by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Wine Critic Bill Coy.

Main Event attendees perused nearly 275 silent auction packages spread throughout the venue. 

At dinner, guests were welcomed by NFL Sideline Reporter Michele Tafoya and an inspirational video set the tone for the evening. An entertaining (and record-breaking!) live auction followed, facilitated by SWAG's Robbin Julien. 

The program came to a close with an outpouring of support from attendees, raising more than we ever have before during our Light the Way Fund-a-Need to support early education and intervention for children facing a variety of developmental challenges. 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event. You helped light the way for more children and families to shine!

Platinum Sponsor:


Silver Sponsors:

A.E. Conrad Company, Cine-O-Matic, Collins Electrical Construction, Culligan Water, Ebert Construction, General Mills, Landscape Structures, Inc., Merrill Lynch, Netgain, Mutual of America, Piper Jaffray, SMS Research Advisors, Joe & Nicole Sumner







Frank Bennett & Mary Lenard, Win & Alex Bennett, Brette.net Consulting, Scott & Alix Colehour, Lars & Molly Erdahl, John & Katie Feste, Webb Friedly & Cara Mulder, Steve & Lara Glaesman, Chad & Jenni Greenway, Jim & Kate Lovrien, Donald & Cynthia MacMillan, Sheila Merzer, Morgan Stanley, Netsmart, Mike & Jessie Pasqua, John & Candace Randle, Jon & Julz Schwingler, Chris & Jana Simmons, Dan & Julie Sjordal, Jason & Anne Spaeth, Larry & Lynn Stranghoener, Nate & Erica Tennessen, United Parcel Service (UPS), Jacob & Dr. Allison Wert