Benefiting Children's Cancer Research Fund
Presented by Thrivent Mutual Funds


Saturday, November 4, 2017
5:30 PM
The Depot, Minneapolis
225 South Third Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401


See all of the photos from the evening by clicking here.


Co-chairs, Shara Hoffman and Mimi Nelson, invite you to kick off the 37th annual Dawn of a Dream gala with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and pre-dinner festivities commencing at 5:30 PM.

Pre-dinner festivities include a silent auction and entertaining gala experiences for all including a wine wall presented by Top Ten Liquors where guests can purchase wine to drink during the evening or to take home. Enjoy viewing select silent auction items, take a chance at our every-body wins punch walls and other exciting experiences while connecting with friends.

Your evening will continue with a sit-down dinner presented by Wells Fargo, a captivating and passionate program emceed by CNN Correspondent Ed Lavandera, and our highly anticipated live auction presented by Delta Air Lines.

Cap off the night with a bourbon tasting and dancing to music by DJ Lenka Paris at the Post-Dinner Celebration presented by Optum.




 The Dawn of a Dream Fund provides $100,000 grants to promising and bold research projects.  

Every dollar given helps researchers secure an additional $18 in government funding for childhood cancer research.

By supporting the Dawn of a Dream Fund, you’re supporting the brightest scientists whose ideas are making the greatest impact for children with cancer and revolutionizing childhood cancer treatments.

If you are unable to attend this year’s gala, we hope you will please consider making a donation to the Dawn of a Dream Fund.  


Guests will enjoy a thrilling live auction presented by Delta Air Lines, as well as a silent auction filled with luxurious items.

Silent auction bidding will begin the week leading up to the gala and close during dinner. Guests will be able to view and bid on items before the gala and throughout the evening. For those who cannot attend, bid on wonderful silent auction items and participate in the Dawn of a Dream Fund from the comfort of your home.


2017 featured live auction items:


2017 featured silent auction items:


Interested in sponsoring Dawn of a Dream? Please contact Patrick Martin at or click here to learn more.