Who: Classy couples, partygoers, and friends of the Jeremiah Program
What: Bullfrog Bash
Where: The Depot Minneapolis
When: Nov. 12, 2011
Why: To support the Jeremiah Program, an organization that helps single mothers and their children break the cycle of poverty.
Bullfrog Bash is one of the Twin Cities’ top fall galas, and this year’s event didn’t disappoint. Guests made their way to The Depot Minneapolis for a dazzling night of dining and dancing. The glitzy theme was in full force, from sparkly tablecloths to ladies’ sequined dresses. (Note to self: Next year, I’m ditching my black cocktail dress and sporting something glittery).
The event started with the customary cocktail hour and silent auction. Then partygoers made their way to dinner. While we dined on peanut noodle salad, boneless short rib, and cheesecake, the folks on stage reminded us what the event was all about. Senator Amy Klobuchar praised the organization for its work with local mothers and their children. But Stasia Saunders, a graduate of the Jeremiah Program, was the star of the night. She talked about the challenges of being a single mother and how impossible her dreams felt at times. But with the organization’s help, she earned her bachelor’s degree, started a career, and created a better life for her daughter.
Then it was time for the live auction. Top prizes included a trip to Germany with Jeremiah Program president Gloria Perez and John Harens, a tour of the Betty Crocker Kitchens, and Gopher hockey tickets complete with a Zamboni ride. (Only in Minnesota.) But the most buzzed-about prize was a chance to play ball with Minnesota Twin Denard Span. Span was raised by a single mother, so the Jeremiah Program’s cause hit close to home. He offered to attend a youth practice and show the players some moves. Let’s just say my little league days were never that exciting.
The night closed with music from Belladiva. The band played a variety of danceable hits, from Rose Royce’s "Car Wash" to the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." At this point in the night, several young professionals crashed the event. Thanks to the "Late Night Leap," 20-somethings were able to sip Prairie Vodka cocktails, graze on appetizers, and close the night–at a discounted ticket price.