What a night indeed! Our 5th Annual Minnesota Made fundraiser was a smashing success, thanks to the wonderful guests who opened their hearts and checkbooks to a long range vision of land protection and restoration in Minnesota.
Truly an investment of great proportions, the evening generated over $165,000 for permanent conservation in Minnesota's forests, prairies, wetlands and blufflands.
These funds will be used to leverage even greater dollars available from the Outdoor Heritage Fund and other funding sources, which is necessary in order to complete land protection and restoration at significant scale.
During the evening we celebrated our 500th conservation project, a landmark achievement that is only possible because of the support of all of our members statewide.
We extend our thanks to everyone who supported this wonderful Minnesota Made evening. In addition to the generous sponsors listed below, we also want to thank Glen Fladeboe for leading our auction, to Be'Wiched Deli for providing excellent food, Alexis Bailly Vineyards for five years of providing delicious Minnesota Made wines, to Vikre Distillery for pouring the best samples ever, and to Martha Greiner who was the mastermind behind many of our clever silent auction items.
We would also like to thank fabulous Duluth artist and DeWitt-Seitz Building neighbor Rick Allen (kenspeckleletterpress.com) for providing the beautiful glicee image of the Great Tall Blue Heron that has become the identity of the "Minnesota Made" event.
Mostly we'd like to offer our humble appreciation to the guests who support our work and inspire the staff and board of directors to work even harder to facilitate excellent land conservation in the coming year.
In addition, we thank:
Cornerstone Group, Dougherty & Company LLC, Marathon Foods, Veit Inc., Xcel Energy and Stantec.