Way to Grow

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Shine Celebration such an amazing success! Thanks to you, we were able to raise funds to help ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life.


October 26, 2019!

Way to Grow Shine Celebration banner image.


Lights, Camera, Action!

Join us for the annual Way to Grow Shine Celebration! Come and be transported to the theater days of old with an evening filled with dinner, entertainment, inspirational stories, live and silent auctions, and a few surprises. We’ll be celebrating with old Hollywood glamour, and we look forward to sharing a toast to building a brighter future for the next generation!


Saturday, October 13, 2018
6:00 – 10:00 pm


JW Marriott, Minneapolis
Mall of America
2141 Lindau Lane
Minneapolis, MN 55425

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Tickets are $200 for individuals, or sponsor a table for 10 for $2,500. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

We are happy to accommodate any special dietary or vegetarian 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.

Speaker: Michael V. Ciresi

Way to Grow is delighted to welcome our speaker, Michael V. Ciresi, a founding partner at Ciresi Conlin L.L.P.  Previously, Mike was a named partner and Chairman of the Executive Board of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., where he worked for 43 years. He has received many honors throughout his legal career, including being recognized on two occasions in the National Law Journal’s annual list of “Ten of the Nation’s Top Trial Lawyers,” and three times by the Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”

In addition to his law practice, Mike has devoted substantial time to philanthropic activities. He founded and now serves as Chairman and President of the Ciresi Walburn Foundation. The Foundation has made grants in excess of $18 million with primary emphasis in pre-K-12 education. Mike has served on many boards, including the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Thomas and the Board of Governors of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Previously, he served on the boards of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, St. Paul Public Schools Foundation, and Parent Aware for School Readiness, among others. Mike earned his bachelor’s at University of St. Thomas and his J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School.


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 on Saturday, October 13. Come on out for a night of celebrating with a flare of old Hollywood glamour, and share a toast to creating bright and shiny futures for many years to come! Preview these great items online today.

Don’t forget to charge your phone so you can bid on silent auction items that night! (We will have a charging station available just is case you forget.)

Map & Parking

The 2018 Shine Celebration is located at the JW Marriott, Minneapolis. The JW Marriott is located at the NE corner of the Mall of America.

Map of JW Marriott Minneapolis, Mall of America.

JW Marriott Parking

Valet and ramp parking is available at the JW Marriott.

  • Event valet parking: $10 (up to 6 hours, thereafter overnight charge applies)
  • Overnight valet parking: $25


  • Ramp accessible from off NE Ct. in the hotel building
  • Complimentary: 0-2 hours
  • Up to 6 hours: $10
  • 6+ hours: $15
  • If staying at the hotel, your guest room key card should be used to enter and exit the parking ramp as needed. This includes when exitng for the last time following check out. A room key drop box can be found next to the pay station. Please recycle your key card here.
  • For guests attending an event and not staying overnight; please pay for parking upon departure using the pay station at the ticketing arm.

Mall of America Parking

The Mall of America offers complimentary parking for guests. The map below displays the parking ramps in green. JW Marriott is located closest to the Lindau Lot/North Lot.

Guests will enter the Mall of America’s North Entrance close to the iconic star and proceed to the second floor entrance to the JW Marriott Mall of America; this door is typically locked but will be open for the event’s peak arrival times. Please note there is no overnight parking allowed at the Mall of America.

Mall of America parking options.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!