We climb. We lift. We grow.

In the midst of an unpredictable year, Way to Grow’s work remains deeply rooted in hope and optimism. Come and join us for a stylish evening of dinner, drinks, and entertainment – or choose to attend online for a special virtual Shine Celebration program!

Saturday, October 30

6:00 – 9:00 PM

The Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom
5418 Wayzata Boulevard
Golden Valley, MN 55416

6:00 PM:  Reception and Silent Auction
6:45 PM:  Dinner
7:00 PM:  Virtual pre-show begins
7:15 PM:    Program begins

This year’s auction is fully online for all guests. Auction will open 3 days before the SHINE event.

In Person Guests:

Please email events@mplswaytogrow.org with your guest(s) names, emails, and any dietary restrictions.

Virtual guests:

RSVP by clicking the button below! Guests will be notified when the auction is open.

COVID-19 Updates

This year’s celebration includes both an in-person event and a virtual livestream program. Our first priority is the health and safety of our attendees and our community. All guests will be asked to provide proof of vaccination with ID at Metropolitan Ballroom.

Attendees will be required to remain masked throughout the duration of the event, except when dining. We have edited the program in order to shorten the amount of time guests are in-person at the venue. In addition, the event space and dining tables will be arranged with social distancing measures in mind.

For additional questions regarding our COVID-19 precautions, please email us at: events@mplswaytogrow.org.

Our Guest Speaker:

Andrew Dayton, Founder and CEO of the Constellation Fund

Andrew Dayton is the founder and CEO of the Constellation Fund, a Minnesota-based foundation dedicated to effective poverty alleviation. Constellation leverages data, research, and advanced analytics alongside careful qualitative analysis to identify, fund, and empower the people and organizations making the biggest demonstrable impacts in the fight against poverty in the Twin Cities. He is also a co-founder and co-owner of Askov Finlayson, an outdoor apparel company and certified B Corp that invests the monetary equivalent of 110% of its own carbon emissions into leading-edge organizations addressing climate change.

Andrew previously served as the Deputy Legislative Director to former San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, leading San Francisco’s state and federal policy and budgetary priorities in Sacramento and Washington D.C. He sits on the board of directors of Breck School, The Constellation Fund, The Minneapolis Foundation, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Andrew received a B.A. in History from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Our Host:

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.

Our Featured Entertainer:

Tonia Hughes Kendrick

Tonia Hughes Kendrick is a contemporary gospel singer, songwriter, recording artist, and worship leader. Audiences are drawn to her electrifying, passionate, and transparent delivery! Tonia’s openness to engage in culturally diverse collaborations has catapulted her music career and led to her working alongside some of Minnesota’s most gifted artists.

She has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, at the acclaimed Lincoln Center in New York, and throughout the Twin Cities at hundreds of culturally diverse churches, theaters, colleges and university events.

Your Impact:

Funds from this year’s event will support Way to Grow’s signature home visiting program, Great by Eight, reaching families prenatal through grade three in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. Our Family Educators are using video platforms such as FaceTime and Zoom to deliver virtual home visits that address each family’s resource needs, while providing parent education and support, early childhood and health education, and additional in-depth tutoring support for our elementary students which is especially important after a disrupted school year.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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