Oct 14, 2015

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Posted on Oct 14, 2015


On behalf of everyone here at Rise, we thank those who helped make our 4th annual Celebrate Rise Fundraising Gala such a huge success!

Through the generosity of almost 500 sponsors and guests, as well as other Celebrate Rise donors, we raised more than $130,000! These crucial funds 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.

Emceed by Jason DeRusha from WCCO-TV, the evening was filled with many special activities, including fun social hour games, raffle drawings, and a video message from U. S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.


Honoring great people and great companies

We also honored the 2015 Rise’ing Stars: Kari Hanssen, LaWanda Jackson, Ademola Koleosho, Shannon Nurmi, Matthew Wilson, and Ryan Woodruff; Champions of the Mission: Marian Bodin, Anna Green, Jill Johnston, Sarah Kohl-Leaf, Linda Kolander, NaTasha Olson, and Heidi Palmer; and Empl0yers of the Year: Lunds & Byerly’s in Roseville and Walgreens in Circle Pines.

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, Medica, Northeast Bank, and Tom and Mary Zins; Bronze Sponsors: Alerus, American Converters (Amcon), Conductive Containers, Franklin Press, Hoglund Bus Company, Liberty Diversified Industries, Sheila Minske and Erin Peterson, Palisade Asset Management, and Wells Fargo; Half Sponsors: HOM Furniture and Delta Dental; Table Hosts: ACCRA, Lynn Noren, Bob and Mary Sue Poirier, Prowire, Julie Weaver, and Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.


Photos and videos to view

Please check out Rise’s Flickr page for photos of the evening. Additional photos will be uploaded in the coming days so be sure to check back again. Rise’s YouTube page has videos for you to watch, as well.


Mark your calendar for October 6, 2016!

We hope you will mark your calendar for next year — we will host the 5th annual Celebrate Rise Fundraising Gala on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. Information regarding sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and registration will  be available next year.


Shown here are President Lynn Noren and Amy Robe.f

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