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The 5th annual Celebrate Rise was a great success!

It was a fun and festive fundraiser -- and we thank all our supporters!

More than 500 friends, family, people we support, business associates, Rise team members, and community supporters joined us for the 5th annual Celebrate Rise Fundraising Gala. It was held Thursday, October 6, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. Special thanks to volunteer co-chairs, Jenny Poyorena and Angie Franzen, for their leadership.
 
Emceed by Kate Raddatz from WCCO-TV, the evening was filled with many special activities, social hour games, raffle drawings, and a fabulous live auction and donation ask. Funds raised at this event will enable Rise to "unlock possibilities" by providing creative solutions and customized support for people as they strive to live a life filled with pride and purpose. Click here to see photos of the evening.
 
Honoring great people and great companies
We also honored our 2016 --
Rise'ing Stars: Brandie Harrison, Mike Hill, A.J. Sherwood, Stephany Tatley, and Kari Wagner
Champions of the Mission: Lisa Bauman, Ebony Johnson, Sarah Lovelace, Rhonda McDougle, Kelly Monicken, Kristina Rockey, and Seth Schaal
Community Partners of the Year: Bridgeview Drop-In Center, Cummins Power Generation, Data Recognition Corp., and Pamela Harris, Attorney at Law.
 
We extend our special thanks to individual and corporate sponsors, including Premier Sponsor: Pentair
Gold Sponsors: Cummins Power Generation, Federal Premium Ammunition, and Jack and Jan Grunewald
Silver Sponsors: Dan's Complete Automotive, Electrolux, Hays Companies, and Northeast Bank
Bronze Sponsors: Accra, American Converters (AmCon), The Bernard Group, Hoglund Bus & Truck Co., Liberty Diversified International, Lifeworks, Medica, Sheila Minske, Palisade Asset Management LLC, Synergy Motor Car Co., and Wells Fargo
Table HostsAlerus, Conductive Containers, Data Recognition Corp., HOM Furniture, Lynn Noren, Bob and Mary Sue Poirier, and Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
 
Rise sincerely appreciates our gala guests' tremendous generosity and support! Watch a short welcome video from our Premier Sponsor, Pentair.
 
We hope you will mark your calendars for next year's gala -- Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. Sponsorship information will be available in early 2017.
 

2016 Celebrate Rise Invite

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