Who: Young professionals, do-gooders, and party lovers
What: Young Professionals For a CURE gather to party and support a good cause
Where: Metropolitan Club, Target Field
When: January 29, 2011
Why: To raise funds for the American Cancer Society
Irony came to mind as I entered the License to Cure event on a cold Saturday night. Why? Because, dang, there were a lot of pretty people at this party. And I found it ironic because they were all there to support the American Cancer Society and let’s face it, cancer is an ugly beast. So ugly, in fact, that a diagnosis sends people and their families into a tailspin. But, still, this pretty group of young professionals (to be fair, they obviously have big hearts too) came out in droves to support finding a cure for the beast because more than half of all Minnesotans will face the diagnosis sometime in their life.
Young Professionals for a CURE hosted the event, and they know how to throw a party. This James Bond-themed cocktail party featured a huge draw: open bar. So, naturally, the bar was a popular place to mingle. I spotted KARE 11’s Sven Sundgaard, who was there to do welcome remarks before rushing off to do the 10:00 news, chatting with guests.
The Metropolitan Club at Target Field's floor-to-ceiling windows with views overlooking downtown Minneapolis and the neon lights by the bars gave the room a sexy, Bond-like atmosphere. Plus, the vintage Bond movies playing added to the suspense of where the night might go.
At auction were one-of-a kind items: a football signed by all of the Green Bay Packers—a hot item given their possible Super Bowl victory the next weekend—lunch with a CEO, and, the hot ticket of the night, the opportunity to have lunch with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak. Who wouldn’t want to pick his brain about the Target Center redo for an hour?
A deejay spun Top 40 hits as the night came to a close—many people (including yours truly) took advantage of that dance floor. And the night was a cause for dancing, as the nearly 350 partygoers brought in almost $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.