Who: Young professionals, scenesters, and minglers
What: From LEAD with Love
Where: Theatre de la Jeune Lune
When: February 12, 2011
Why: To raise money for Children’s Heartlink
If you are looking for a hot party that is guaranteed to be fun, look no further than a LEAD party. Any LEAD party. And From LEAD with Love did not disappoint. The venue, the drinks, the cupcakes—it was on!
Theatre de la Jeune Lune played host to the event and dang, we can’t wait to attend another affair there. Even though the theater company closed three years ago, the building opened its doors for this party. LEAD board member Bridget Ulrich told us it’s the first time the building has hosted an event since it closed. The LEAD crew brought in the lights, the sound system, and even cleaned up the space themselves. And the work was worth it.
The open bar (obviously a big draw!) was in the center of the open, lofty space, and Sweet Retreat provided a cupcake bar for partygoers. Yum. DJ Strangelove spun Top 40 dance hits, which definitely gave the party a fun, hip vibe.
Up on what used to be the stage, silent auction items were on display. Minnesota Wild tickets, artwork by local Twin Citians, and a date with Miss Minnesota USA 2011 Brittany Thelemann were up for grabs.
But let’s not forget that the drinks, dancing, and fun was all for a good cause. The evening supported Children’s Heartlink, a local nonprofit that works with underserved regions of the world to promote cardiac care for children with heart disease. LEAD board member Mike Will said the charity selection committee chose Children’s HeartLink because of its mission’s appeal to LEAD’s membership base, the numerous skill-based volunteer opportunities, interview responses, resources, and alignment with the overall theme of the event.
As the night closed, the 350+ young Twin Citians who came to drink, dance, and raise money headed out. But the partygoers impact was felt—thanks to this shindig, LEAD could add to its more than $100,000 of local nonprofit fundraising that’s been raised over the past five years. Now that’s a reason to raise your glass.