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

500 guests filled McNamara Alumni Center at our sold-out Make Them Shine Gala on March 12, 2016, raising a record-breaking $375,000 to light the way for more children to shine.

Here are a few highlights from the evening: 

  • Gina and Chris Haar and James Carter shared their stories and inspired 133 donors to give more than $101,000 in less than 10 minutes!

  • KARE 11's Rena Sarigianopoulos, our eloquent emcee for the evening, was moved to tears after learning about how St. David's Center is lighting the way for James and Desmond.

  • Our silent auction exceeded goal because of packages like the Cuban Cigars which sold for $1,250, and the Date Night in Minneapolis with dinner at The Bachelor Farmer and overnight stay at The Westin Hotel, which sold for $1,150.

  • Our live auction raised more than $60,000 because of exclusive packages like Adele that sold for $10,000.

  • Guests danced late into the night at the Shine On After Party with Junk FM to celebrate raising funds to support more than 1,800 children and families this year.

We'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who made our evening shine. 



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