Benefits & Fundraisers

Gala in the Gardens

Celebrate Minnesota’s late summer weather and help raise money for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum at the annual Gala in the Gardens. The event includes cocktails, dining al fresco and an auction. $250/person. 6–9 p.m. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska; 952.443.1400;

Kidney Kindness Fundraiser

Friends and family of the Shiues and Browns are hosting a fundraiser to cover the cost of a kidney transplant and ancillary costs not covered by insurance. Find their full story below or online at

Please join the fun and help them celebrate a lifesaving event! Attractions include: mini golf, trampolines, climbing walls, spider climb, a giant slide, laser tag, a blacklight ropes course, bump n' spin cars, bowling, great food and more!

S.M.A.R.T.'s Petstember Fest!

Come join us at Petstember Fest at The Pointe in Prior Lake! All proceeds benefit the Southern Minnesota Animal Rescue Team. Events include a silent auction, raffle, and a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader appearance!

Proceeds from this event will help S.M.A.R.T. to rescue and rehabilitate companion animals in need that other groups may overlook.

David Spade Headlines Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities

The third annual Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities (LOLTC), fundraiser for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare will be held Saturday, September 27 at the Hilton Hotel, 1001 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tickets for Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities can be purchased by visiting The ticket levels are:

Chloe's Fight 5k Toga Run/Walk presented by Taste of Greece Festival

What could be better than an invigorating walk or toga run around beautiful Lake Calhoun on a Friday evening? A beautiful course with baklava and Greek dancing at the end, of course!  For the 2nd year, Chloe’s Fight is partnering with the Taste of Greece, Twin City’s largest celebration of Greek culture. So join us on September 5th and receive complimentary food/drink tickets to the Taste of Greece. Bring your child early for the Kid’s Toga Run at 6:45PM (kids togas are provided). 

Reach For Ralph Annual Summer Benefit

Join us for a special evening of Making Dreams Come True for the people we serve. Enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, a live auction and be sure to bring your calendars to sign up for Exciting Experiences-all to benefit Hammer Residences, Inc. mission to provide adults and children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience life to its fullest. Tickets are available at or call 952-345-0115.

Cody's Dash

This year marks the fourth annual Cody's Dash for Down Syndrome to benefit GiGi's Playhouse! Get moving for a great cause. Sign up for a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile walk, or a kids' dash, followed by an afternoon of big fun: music, face painting, food trucks, balloons and more.

All proceeds will benefit GiGi's Playhouse and the free programs and services they provide to the Down syndrome community throughout the Twin Cities. 

Stop the Trafficking Run

This community-wide 5K run/walk will raise awareness about human trafficking. Proceeds from the event will go to local organizations dedicated to helping sexually exploited youth. $25 per person or $20 per person for groups of 10 or more. Run starts at 8:30 a.m.; walk begins at 9 a.m. Register at


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