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Gala Gazette, Issue 1


Please join us at our 2013 Make Them Shine Gala on Saturday, March 9 at International Market Square in Minneapolis at 6:00 p.m. The annual gala began in 1989 to inform and excite our St. David's Center community about the incredible work we do and to raise the support we need to provide critically-needed services. Our gala remains a key vehicle for charitable support, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for our early intervention services to children with developmental or behavioral needs each year through private and corporate sponsorships, cash donations, ticket sales, live and silent auctions, and our Light the Way appeal.


We'll be sharing details about the event every other week through our Gala Gazettes.


Please consider supporting our event by purchasing a ticket or table for the evening. I'd love to see you there!



Julie Sjordal

Executive Director

2013 Make Them Shine Gala

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


We're expecting 500 guests to gather at our 24th annual gala to show their support for St. David's Center and early intervention - and we hope you are among them.


The evening includes a VIP sponsor reception, live music, silent and live auctions, dinner and an inspirational program.


Join us to learn more about our organization's vital services while having a great time and supporting a great cause. See our gala webpage for more details.

Light the Way

It's the way we work. The expertise of our staff, the integrated services we provide and the collaboration we build with parents and the community.


It's the way a child is meant to develop. When difficulties get in the way of a child's developmental path, we are there to intervene as early as possible to correct the child's course.


Because of the way we lead, we will always be called on to bring our services out to communities at risk, where we have been able to identify gaps in funding for important initiatives like these.


Our gala will provide an opportunity for guests to invest in children today and avoid more costly solutions to far more challenging problems later in life.


Watch for more information on our early intervention programs in our upcoming Gala Gazettes.

Emcee of the Evening

Tim McNiff
We are delighted to announce that this year's Make Them Shine Gala will be emceed by KARE-11's Tim McNiff.
Popular anchor of KARE's morning news show, Tim is known for his devotion to shining a light where the need is greatest. So, when we approached him to emcee our event, he eagerly agreed. We hope you'll be there as Tim keeps the energy flowing throughout the evening.

Platinum Sponsor

MosaicThank you to The Mosaic Company for its ongoing support of St. David's Center. Since 2010 the organization has been an incredibly generous lead sponsor of both our gala and our annual Fall Festival: Get Out and Grow! community event.

Additional Sponsors

Many thanks to our gala sponsors for making this event possible and for supporting our work in early childhood education, early intervention and life-phase services.


Silver Sponsors: Anchor Bank; McGough Construction; Pediatric Home Service; Pope Architects


Bronze Sponsors: Cargill; General Mills, Inc., Gilbert Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Master Craft Labels, Inc.


Audio Visual Sponsor: Graybow Communications


Table Hosts and Other Sponsors: A.E. Conrad Company; Brette.Net Consulting; Creative Kidstuff; Crosby Family; Culligan Water Conditioning; Lars and Molly Erdahl; Bill and Kelly Lemieux; Moeller Family; Netgain; Jeff and Lesley Newhouse; Nilan Johnson Lewis; Jon and Julie Olson; John and Candace Randle; Jon and Julz Schwingler; Dan and Julie Sjordal; Jason and Anne Spaeth; Nate and Erica Tennessen; Thrivent Financial; Westwood Professional Services, Inc.


More sponsorship opportunities are still available. See sidebar for more information.

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Ways You Can Help


You or your company can host a table or sponsor the event for additional benefits


Donate to the Live or Silent Auctions

Fill out our donation form


Donate Wine

Drop off bottles of table wine or fine wine for the "Wall of Wine" raffle at the reception desk at St. David's Center


Make a Cash Donation

Give a 100% tax deductible donation if you are unable to attend or designate your gift to help send St. David's Center staff to the event.



Contact our Special Events Manager at 952.548.8627

Live Auction Spotlight

Tim Decker 

What can you do in 10 minutes? Join the likes of Arnold Palmer and snag one of two paintings created by nationally-touring performance artist Tim Decker. Tim will create two masterpieces the night of the gala in under five minutes each.
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