Scene + Heard: VocalEssence Choralia

A sold-out crowd packed the lobby of the Mall of America's Radisson Blu for the VocalEssence Choralia. The singing celebration was a benefit for VocalEssence, one of the premier choral music organizations in the Twin Cities. About 500 people enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, a silent auction, a seated dinner and several musical performances, including, of course, VocalEssence. Funds raised from the evening go to the organization's education and community outreach.
July 26

Oregon mystery philanthropist makes lots of folks happy

People near Salem, Ore., have found more than $55,000 the past few years, $100 at a time.
Celebrities
May 17

Scene + Heard: Went to a garden party

Spring came early this year, at least for guests who attended the Minnesota State Horticultural Society Spring Garden Gala.
Variety
May 1

Scene & Heard: Pacer gala, Defying disabilities

Idina Menzel starred at the annual benefit for the Twin Cities organization that helps children with disabilities and combats bullying.
Celebrities
April 20

Scene & heard: A hard hat day's night

Guests gamely slipped into construction-site couture for the Habitat for Humanity Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala at RiverCentre in St. Paul. Donning tool belts, construction tape ties, reflective vests and work boots, Habitat supporters enjoyed dinner and a program, then danced the night away to the music of High & Mighty. Funds raised from the evening — including silent and live auctions — benefit Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's expanding home ownership program, which helps families find affordable housing and succeed as home owners.
Celebrities
April 10

Scene + Heard: Broadway and Blu

The 13th annual benefit for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome featured an appetizer buffet, silent and live auctions and a short program at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis. Guests then made their way to the Orpheum Theatre, where they were treated to a performance of "If/Then," a contemporary Broadway musical. Proceeds from the event help raise awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome and improve the quality of life for those with the disorder.
Celebrities
April 1

Photos: Flavors of the Twin Cities

For its 15th annual fundraiser, the American Liver Foundation invited more than 200 guests to enjoy a gourmet meal, cooked tableside by Twin Cities area culinary experts.
Variety
March 19

Photos: Bedrace for Bridging

Teams of four piled onto queen-sized mattresses and raced down an icy run at Burnsville's Buck Hill for the annual Bedrace for Bridging fundraiser.
Celebrities
March 12

Gallery: Bouquets at Como

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory's Como Friends hosted Bouquets, a fundraiser for the zoo.
Giving Back
November 13, 2015

The stories behind Minnesota's foundations

Working in partnership with the Minnesota Council on Foundations (www.mcf.org), we invited the region’s charitable foundations to share information about their history, their mission, and…
Giving Back
November 11, 2015

Billion dollar benefactors: Minnesota's charitable foundations

Some you'll know, some you won't, but Minnesota's foundations make outstanding contributions to our community.
Giving Back
November 11, 2015

Harvest changes church's mission

"We're letting the garden grow and take us where we need to go," says pastor about replacing grass with a veggie plot.
Giving Back
November 11, 2015

Young St. Paul singer's benefit concerts raise thousands for local charities

Young St. Paul singer's benefit concerts raise thousands for local charities.
Giving Back
November 11, 2015

Less trash, more cash for Minnesota thrift stores

Charities are generating more revenue by accepting the salvageable stuff they used to refuse.
Giving Back
April 20, 2015

Canine Assistants help break down social barriers

Canine Assistants like Westin help break down social barriers for disabled children.
Giving Back
April 20, 2015

High schooler keeps busy with volunteering

10th-grader is already compiling an impressive list of volunteer work.
Giving Back
April 20, 2015

Arc welcomes teen volunteers

With plenty of work to do, Arc welcomes young volunteers.
Giving Back
April 20, 2015

Third grader helps promote peace

Student spreads the message of 'love and joy.'
Giving Back
April 20, 2015

The way to peace? Start with children

World Citizen aims to settle global conflicts by starting locally, with the children.
Giving Back
April 20, 2015

Youth is an advantage when tutoring

Yazmin LaFleur-Donaby understands why, at 17, she can be an effective tutor and mentor — as good as, if not better than, many adults.Yazmin volunteers…
Giving Back
April 20, 2015

Young people make great tutors

In CommonBond Communities' Study Buddy program, young people can share their knowledge.

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    Seeds of Change | Noob Hloov Neej: The Minnesota Museum of American Art’s new exhibition, “Seeds of Change,” documents a year in the life of Hmong Americans farming in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township.
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    Summer Flower Show: The garden is in bloom with red and magenta Hydrangea Arizonas as well as tulips, hyacinth, bearded iris and more.
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    Le Switch: Chicago writer Philip Dawkins penned this comedy about commitment and love in the era of marriage equality.
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    Seeds of Change | Noob Hloov Neej: The Minnesota Museum of American Art’s new exhibition, “Seeds of Change,” documents a year in the life of Hmong Americans farming in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township.
    Family Events
    Summer Flower Show: The garden is in bloom with red and magenta Hydrangea Arizonas as well as tulips, hyacinth, bearded iris and more.
    On The Stage
    Le Switch: Chicago writer Philip Dawkins penned this comedy about commitment and love in the era of marriage equality.
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    Seeds of Change | Noob Hloov Neej: The Minnesota Museum of American Art’s new exhibition, “Seeds of Change,” documents a year in the life of Hmong Americans farming in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township.
    Family Events
    Summer Flower Show: The garden is in bloom with red and magenta Hydrangea Arizonas as well as tulips, hyacinth, bearded iris and more.
    On The Stage
    Le Switch: Chicago writer Philip Dawkins penned this comedy about commitment and love in the era of marriage equality.
  • Arts and Entertainment
    Seeds of Change | Noob Hloov Neej: The Minnesota Museum of American Art’s new exhibition, “Seeds of Change,” documents a year in the life of Hmong Americans farming in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township.
    Family Events
    Summer Flower Show: The garden is in bloom with red and magenta Hydrangea Arizonas as well as tulips, hyacinth, bearded iris and more.
    On The Stage
    Le Switch: Chicago writer Philip Dawkins penned this comedy about commitment and love in the era of marriage equality.
  • Arts and Entertainment
    Seeds of Change | Noob Hloov Neej: The Minnesota Museum of American Art’s new exhibition, “Seeds of Change,” documents a year in the life of Hmong Americans farming in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township.
    Family Events
    Summer Flower Show: The garden is in bloom with red and magenta Hydrangea Arizonas as well as tulips, hyacinth, bearded iris and more.
    On The Stage
    Le Switch: Chicago writer Philip Dawkins penned this comedy about commitment and love in the era of marriage equality.
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