The AAUW 2020 Fall Virtual Gala was Friday night, October 30th from 7:00-8:00 pm. The optional Pre-Gala Zoom cocktail/tea/wine/beer parties before the Gala and an opt-in Night Cap for Night Owls after the Gala concluded were well attended. It was a fun time for all. 

The Virtual Gala Evening included nine entertaining pieces of music (with two fabulous songs by local artists Thomasina Petrus and Tom West), a pictorial review of past AAUW activities featuring 250 photos of our members, a Scholarship video showing the program history and photos of current and past scholars, a funny sing-along, and a tribute to our community giving. The evening concluded with the ending of our online silent auction. 

The following Experiences are still available for purchase. To purchase an Experience, please contact that Experience's hostess and send a check to the Branch Office.

            -   Trivia Night on January 13, 2021 at 7PM:  Barb Swanson   Cost: $25

            -   Cooking Class with David Fhima on January 26, 2021 at 7PM:  Becky Farber   Cost: $50

            -   Toast Suffragettes with a Cocktail on February 5, 2021 at 5PM:  Nell Wegmann   Cost: $50

            -   Murder Mystery Dinner on June 4, 2021 at 6PM (one spot left):  Ellen Hughes   Cost: $75

Remember that your your Bid Number and Password are always good on this site. They will be used again for our Spring Event and for next year's Fall Gala. If you do not remember your bid number and/or password, please contact Sheryl Sostarich at 763-354-4099 for help. 

The tutorials below explain how to donate, purchase an experience, place a bid, and checkout. If you have any questions regarding the use of Click Bid, please contact Denise Meskimen at 612-801-9486 or dgmeskimen@gmail for help.

                                 USING CLICK BID - "HOW TO" TUTORIALS

            "How To" Register to Bid          "How To" Enter Credit Card Information         "How to" Donate

                         What to Do If You Forget Your Password           "How To" View Items, Bid, and Pay

         "How To" Sign Up for an Experience/Party            "How To" Checkout: Payment Methods Explained


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization promoting advancing 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 & training, economic security, justice, and opportunities for leadership. 

Our local AAUW Minneapolis Branch has 385+ members who 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.


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 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 weddings 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 planner and an executive chief work to create a perfect event unique for each client that includes impressive menus from a wide range of traditional and international cuisine.

             To learn more, please visit the Gale Mansion website: The Gale Mansion  and contact the                   Gale Mansion Event Manager, Karen Hancock: events@galemansion.com