Way to Grow

Shine 2019 was a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you next year!


From glamorous supper clubs to mid-century mod, we’re going to “make the scene” at our 30th anniversary Shine Celebration! Come enjoy a stylish evening of dinner and drinks, entertainment, inspirational stories, live and silent auctions, and a few other surprises. We’ll be celebrating in style and can’t wait to share a toast to building a brighter future as we move forward together!

When & Where

Saturday, October 26, 2019
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Semi-formal attire with a touch of mid-century chic

The Depot
Great Northern Room
225 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401


Tickets are $200 for individuals, or sponsor a table for 10 for $2,500. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Melissa Meyer (mmeyer@mplswaytogrow) for more information.

We are happy to accommodate any special dietary requests. For more information, special requests, or questions, please call us at 612.874.4740 or email events@mplswaytogrow.org in advance to make arrangements. Shine Celebration tickets are partially tax deductible.


The annual Way to Grow Shine Celebration is approaching, and thanks to our generous donors we’ve got some great items up for grabs!  There’s only one place you can get them, and that’s live at the Shine Celebration.

Auction Preview


Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is a mom, an organizer, and member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. On November 6, 2018, she was elected the 50th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota.

She has dedicated her life to giving back, particularly to children, families, communities of color, Native Americans and low-income and working people. As a former State Representative and community organizer, she brings her experiences of building coalitions and advocating for children and families to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

Special Guests

Master of Ceremonies

Megan Newquist, KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News

Megan is a multiple Emmy Award winning anchor. She joined 5 Eyewitness News in May 2009 and gets up very early so that she can bring you the news from 4:30-9:00 a.m. on KSTP & KSTC.

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Honorary Chairs

Brad & Sue Hewitt

Performances by

T.Mychael Rambo

T. Mychael Rambo is a Regional Emmy Award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator and public speaker; who has made an indelible mark here in the Twin Cities. Nationally and internationally his stage credits include Carnegie Hall and performances abroad in Africa, Europe, and South America. He has appeared in local and national television commercials, feature films, HBO mini-series and other television programming.

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Dennis Spears

Dennis W. Spears is a 2013 inductee in to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. As a jazz vocalist, Dennis has performed on stages nationally and internationally. He was awarded Best Male Jazz Vocalist by the Minnesota Jazz Music Awards.  He has many jazz recordings to his credit and is also a featured vocalist on the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Changing Our Minds.

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Jamecia Bennett

Jamecia is a three-time Grammy Award winner currently living in Minneapolis. She is a Singer, songwriter, actress, producer, vocal arranger, director, and artist developer. When she is not gigging with her own band, REAL MUZIC, she is the new lead vocalist of the original Grammy-winning Sounds Of Blackness.

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Map & Parking


The 2019 Shine Celebration will be held in the Great Northern Room at The Depot in Downtown Minneapolis.

The Depot offers parking both above ground and underground accessible from 5th Avenue. Parking is based on an hourly rate, and will cost between $14 – $16 for the event. Elevators from the ramp will take you up to the entrance of the Great Northern Room.

Valet parking is available for $25 per car and is located at the front entrance of the Renaissance Hotel on 3rd Avenue.

Please note there are multiple events taking place on Saturday night. If The Depot is full, be prepared to park in a nearby ramp (the Gateway Ramp at Washington and 4th and the Portland Ramp at Washington and Portland are good options). On-street metered parking may be available depending on arrival time. We also encourage you leave your car at home and use Uber or Lyft.

The Great Northern Room

Our Shine Celebration will take place in The Depot’s newest space: The Great Northern Room and its surrounding areas. The set of doors closest to 5th Avenue will take you right to registration. If you enter the Hotel off 3rd Avenue, walk past the restaurant and turn right toward the event wing. Volunteers will be stationed at every entrance and elevator to help you navigate.

Thank you to our Platinum sponsors!

Click to see our complete sponsor list here.