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 with entertainment at the Gale Mansion. A large assortment of hors d'oeuvres and small desserts will be served. Beverages include complimentary champagne and two cash bars serving select wine, beer, and cocktails. Our goal is to raise $65,000 to support our AAUW Programs, Scholarship, and Community Outreach. Only the fully vaccinated against Covid are welcome to attend. There is no freedom of choice here. A negative Covid test just prior to the Gala is not acceptable. Before admittance to the Gala, you must provide Nell Wegmann with a copy of your Covid vaccination card.

Please review this year's Gala Program before attending. There are fun activities planned for the Gala evening that are detailed in the "Welcome to the '20s Glam at the Gale" page in the program. Learn about the Prohibition Speakeasy, the Gala Barbershop Quartet & the Swing Dancers, the Silent Films, the Wine & Spirits Ring Toss, and the Photo Booth. The Probation Speakeasy will feature Crooked Water Spirits' signature product, Manley's Ready to Mix Bourbon Old Fashioned. While reading the program, please take special notice of all the businesses who are supporting us. 

Click on this link to view the Gala Program:    '20s Glam at the Gale Program

There are still a few tickets available to the Gala. If you would like to attend and haven't bought a ticket yet, please call Carol Sheldon and she will arrange the ticket purchase for you. 

As always, wonderful items are available for bidding. This year we have a new category called Premium Items (these items were Live Auction items in previous years). Premium Items are Item #34 through #39. Each offers a special opportunity. Please consider getting a group together and bidding on a Premium Item. Each Premium Item is detailed in the Gala Program on the page titled "Premium Auction Offerings."  As in the past, there are Experiences, Restaurant Gift Cards, Vendor Gift Cards, and Theater/Venue Tickets available for purchase and bidding. 

Bidding on all auction items will close at 9pm during the Gala evening. 

When all bidding is closed at 9pm on November 5th, Silent Auction winners will receive a text message informing them that they won a Silent Auction item(s). ClickBid places the auction items you win in your Shopping Cart. If you receive a winning text message, please click on the embedding link in that text message to pay for your items. On your ClickBid Home page, click  the red "PAY" button and complete the purchase with a credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, please give your check to Carol Sheldon or Nell Wegmann. Look for Carol in the first floor hallway at the end of the Gala. Carol and Nell can also assist any bidder in checking out.

If you are the winning bidder of a Monday Auction Item (Item #25 through #29) and you are at the Gala, please see Betsy Parks and she will give you that item to take home with you. If you are not at the Gala, please pick up your item on Monday, November 8th at the Gale.

If you are the winning bidder of any Gift Cards, please look for an envelop with your name on it on the tables in front of the elevator on Monday, November 8th. The envelop will contain all the gift cards you won. Be sure to checkout and pay for the gift cards before picking up your envelop. If you do not attend Monday AAUW meetings, please call Betsy Parks and she will mail you your envelop.

Before leaving the Gale Mansion at the conclusion of the Gala, be sure to check out the Bootleggers Bar. See what deal you can strike with our very own lady bootlegger! 

Logging into ClickBid: Your Bid Number and Password

Log into the website to donate to the Branch, Scholarship, and PPDF funds, to purchase Experiences, and to bid on the fun Silent Auction items. Remember that your ClickBid Bid Number and Password from last year are good now and in future years. These are the Bid Numbers and Passwords you will use for the 2021 Gala. If you need help with your bid number and/or password, please contact Esther Fabes at 612-741-7988

The tutorials below explain how to use this website to donate, purchase an Experience, place a bid, and checkout with a payment.


                                     USING ClickBid - "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" Check Out: Payment Methods Explained





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.


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. 

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