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Celebrating our Community at Night to Unite

When we come together as a community, there is nothing we can’t do. On March 30, we took a short, one-night-only break from doing good to reflect on the good done over the past year. It was a beautiful event: attendees heard inspiring stories, shared tales of challenges overcome and successes won and at the end of the night the sold out crowd of dedicated partners in change left the Minneapolis Convention Center rejuvenated for renewed efforts in the year ahead. Truly a Night to Unite!

We couldn’t help but be moved by the lives this work has touched; more than 1 million people across the nine-county region in 2016—from Fish Lake Township, Elko, and Gem Lake, to North Minneapolis and Hugo, Waconia and more.

Don’t forget to check out our Flickr album to see pictures from last night’s extravaganza and visit our YouTube channel for videos from the event.

Thank you to our sponsors, Xcel Energy and UnitedHealth Group, community partners, and agency affiliates, we couldn’t have done it without you. And of course…a special thank you to our finalists and winners!

Best in Show – Large – Land O’Lakes, Inc.

  • Finalists: The Toro Company, U.S. Bank

Best in Show – Medium – American Family Insurance

  • Finalists: DecoPac, Inc., PwC

Best In Show – Small – The Opus Group

  • Finalists: Harmon, Inc, Burns & McDonnel

Campaign Leader of the Year – Duane Ring, CenturyLink

Community Leader of the Year – Otis Zanders, President & CEO, Ujamaa Place

Community Partnership of the Year – The Northside Achievement Zone Collaborative

  • Finalists: YouthLink & Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC), Hallie Q. Brown Community Center & Prepare + Prosper

Community Organization of the Year – Science Museum of Minnesota Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center

  • Finalists: Baby’s Space: A Place to Grow, Emerge Community Development

Best Video – Polaris Industries Inc.

  • Finalists: Xcel Energy Inc, Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Campaign Chair Award – CenterPoint Energy

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