OUR AAUW ANNUAL GALA
AAUW's 2021 Annual Gala will be held on Friday night, November 5, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This will be a live event at the Gale Mansion featuring a large assortment of hors d'oeuvres and small desserts. Beverages include complimentary champagne and cash bars serving select wine, beer, and cocktails. Our goal is to raise $65,000 to support our AAUW Programs, Scholarship, and Community Outreach.
To attend the Gala, purchase your tickets through this ClickBid website. The cost is $150 per ticket with $75 tax deductible. Tickets to the Gala are available only through ClickBid and will not be sold or payments accepted at the Gale Mansion on Mondays. If you are not a registered bidder on this ClickBid website, you can register by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button in the sign-in section above or ask someone who is a registered bidder to buy and pay for your ticket. Gala Tickets are Item #4. After selecting the number of tickets you wish to buy, please remember to click the red "BUY" button to check out and pay for your tickets.
As always, wonderful items will be available for bidding. This year we have a new category called Premium Items. (These items were Live Auction items in previous years.) As in the past, there are Potpourri of Parties, Restaurant Gift Cards, Vendor Gift Cards, and Venue Tickets included in the auction items available for purchase and bidding. At the Gala, there will be some baskets (wine, spirits, and outreach) on display and included in the bidding for the evening. Bidding on Premium Items and the other auction items including baskets will close during the Gala evening at a specified time.
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND and have a "roaring" time! Log into the website to donate to the Branch, Scholarship, and PPDF funds, to purchase your '20s Glam at the Gale tickets, and to view all the fun auction items available for bidding.
Remember that your ClickBid Bid Number and Password from last year are good now and in the future on this site. They are the Bid Number and Password you will use for the 2021 Gala. If you need help with your bid number and/or password, please contact Sheryl Sostarich at 763-354-4099 for help.
The tutorials below explain how to use this website to donate, purchase an experience, place a bid, and check out at the Gala. If you have any questions regarding the use of ClickBid, please contact Denise Meskimen at 612-801-9486 or dgmeskimen@gmail for help.
USING ClickBid - "HOW TO" TUTORIALS
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization promoting gender equity and education for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and voiced positions on fundamental issues affecting women: education and training, economic security, justice, and opportunities for leadership.
Our local AAUW Minneapolis Branch members actively participate in weekly topical and in-depth continuing educational programs. The Branch works to raise awareness for women's issues at the local and state level, to promote legislation that will advance equity for women and girls, and works to defend Constitutional Equity under the Law. The Branch sponsors participation in the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
Our AAUW Branch is particularly proud of our Minneapolis Branch Scholarship Fund, established in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) to provide financial assistance to Minneapolis Public High School women graduates with a goal of attaining a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. Scholars are chosen who demonstrate high academic potential, leadership skills, and economic need. Our scholars include young women who are often the first member of their families to attend college. Once received, our scholarships are renewable for the following three years of undergraduate studies. Each scholar is assigned a Scholarship Board mentor. Our scholarships have assisted 24 scholars to achieve their four-year baccalaureates. We currently support nine scholars at colleges/universities of their choice. Our annual scholarship is $4,000/year (totaling $16,000 over 4 years). To date, AAUW Minneapolis has given over $300,000 in scholarships. The young women pictured below are typical of the scholars who receive our financial support and who pursue successful careers after college.
In addition, our AAUW Branch members actively participate in Community Outreach Programs, Volunteer Programs, and ally with other area groups to Benefit the Community.
AAUW is a non-partisan organization that promotes integrity, inclusion, diversity, and intersectionality.
THE HISTORIC GALE MANSION
Built in 1912, the Gale Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original owners, Edward Gale and Sarah Pillsbury Gale, were leaders in the development of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Through their European travels, the Gales developed a preference for Italian Renaissance Revival style homes and commissioned Ernest Kennedy, the architect of the Alfred Pillsbury home on First Avenue, to design a home with all the modern conveniences. Edward and Sarah Gale died in 1943 and left the mansion to their only son, Richard Gale.
In 1947, the Minneapolis Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) purchased the mansion from Richard Gale. Modifications began to accommodate large groups. In 2011, the AAUW Gale Mansion remodeling project was awarded recognition by Preserve Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for its excellence in celebrating and enhancing the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis.
In addition to serving as the home of the Minneapolis Branch of AAUW, the beautifully renovated Gale Mansion offers a venue that blends old-world elegance with modern style for wedding ceremonies and receptions, for corporate events, and for social gatherings and celebrations. The mansion's elegant ballroom, equipped with a new audio/visual system, accommodates groups up to 190 people for a seated meal and offers a stage, dance floor, and a grand piano. An onsite event planner and an executive chef work to create a perfect event unique for each client that includes impressive menus from a wide range of traditional and international cuisine.