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.
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.
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.