The wonder of weather – a classroom visit with meteorologist Belinda Jensen

BelTheWeatherGirl_300pxKnow any budding meteorologists who happen to be in grades 1-3? Give them a chance to learn from the best: KARE 11 meteorologist Belinda Jensen. This classroom visit is available within the 2017-2018 school year and can accommodate up to 100 students. During her visit, Belinda will do a weather-focused experiment and read from one of the books in her series, Bel the Weather Girl. Your child and their classmates will receive a soft cover book from the collection, provided by Lerner Publishing. In addition, Belinda will donate a hardcover set of Bel the Weather Girl to the school’s library. Bel the Weather Girl introduces kids to key weather phenomena including hail, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and more. Young readers will enjoy following along on each of Bel’s adventures, as she and Dylan come up with playful new ways to understand some of weather’s wildest wonders. With learning activities, a glossary, and fun facts, these titles will inspire young readers to learn more about the science behind weather.
Donor: Belinda Jensen


Hit the slopes in Aspen, Colorado

aspen_400pxEscape to this amazing home in Aspen for a six night and seven day stay, good for any time of the year! This beautiful three-story townhome is on the edge of bustling downtown Aspen. It offers four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and sleeps eight adults or ten with children. There is a large lower level suite that includes two double beds and a couch. Perfect for kids! The home also includes a wood burning fireplace, washer and dryer, deck with a hot tub and stunning mountain views. Aspen offers four impressive ski areas, many restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and the most magical nature year-round. Bus service to the ski resorts or into the city center of Aspen is just steps outside the door and the walk into town is only 10 minutes away. Stay dates to be mutually agreed upon.

Take your group out with a $750 gift certificate to Element 47 restaurant at The Little Nell Hotel. And don’t forget to find time to pamper yourself with a $250 gift certificate to the Reméde Aspen Spa in the St. Regis Hotel. Travel assistance included with $2,500 in travel credit on Delta Air Lines, with no black-out dates or class of service restrictions.
Donors: Mary Morrison Family, Travel One, Inc. and Friends of Children’s


Up, Up and Away to Majestic Chanticleer on Lake Superior

duluth_300pxBlades up for a weekend away in Lake Superior! Three couples will depart Signature Flight Support in St. Paul, MN in a Bell 429 helicopter to Duluth. Enjoy the spectacular aerial vista of the Twin Cities skyline, the Northern Minnesota wilderness and the largest freshwater lake in the world. You will land at Lee and Penny Anderson’s home, “Chanticleer” (one of the sister homes to the infamous Glensheen Mansion), for a three day and two night Duluth adventure. Full staff on property for bed turn-down service and basic household needs.

chanticleer-homeIncluded in this package are dinner at Northland Country Club or Bellisio’s and one round of golf and lunch at Northland Country Club. Northland Country Club is one of Minnesota’s finest courses with wooded, gentle rolling hills and amazing views of Lake Superior. Local transportation provided. Expires March 1, 2018.
Donor: Lee & Penny Anderson and Kathy Anderson Groethe & Joel Groethe


Experience with Everson Griffen and Chef Vincent Francoual

eversongriffen_400pxHave you ever dreamt of having an NFL player over for dinner? Now’s your chance to make that dream a reality! Vikings’ defensive end and two-time Pro Bowler, Everson Griffen, is headed to your abode, and you won’t have to lift a finger. Your meal and menu will be in expert hands with locally-renowned Chef Vincent Francoual, formerly of Vincent A Restaurant, at the helm. Chef Vincent will cook for you, Everson, his wife, and five of your closest friends.
vincent_350pxDinner will also feature wine pairings from the vineyards of Domaine Serene. And when dinner ends, you’ll have the opportunity to cheer on Everson at a Vikings game with four lower level game tickets and four sideline game passes, as well as a jersey and football signed by Everson. This is for the ultimate Vikings fan and foodie!
Donor: Everson Griffen, Chef Vincent Francoual, Shannon Evenstad, Minnesota Vikings and Friends of Children’s


Golf the best Minnesota courses

hazeltine_300pxMinnesota is home to some of the best private golf clubs in America. This once-in-a-lifetime package is your chance to play 13 of them. Gather your favorite foursome for this unique opportunity: an unescorted round of golf for you and three guests at 13 local private courses without a member. Courses include

  • Bear Path Country Club
  • Burl Oaks Golf Club
  • Golden Valley Country Club
  • Hazeltine National Golf Club
  • Minikahda Club, Minneapolis Golf Club
  • Minnesota Valley Country Club
  • Oak Ridge Country Club
  • Spring Hill Golf Club
  • Southview Country Club
  • White Bear Yacht Club**
  • Windsong Farm Golf Club
  • Woodhill Country Club

Play is for the 2017 golf season and courses may have restrictions and may require caddies. All courses will have a dress code.
** Your foursome will play in the AM round of the Children’s Hospitals Golf Benefit on Monday, June 12, 2017
Donors: Bear Path Country Club, Burl Oaks Golf Club, Golden Valley Country Club, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Rob and Amy Holt (Spring Hill), Minikahda Club, Minnesota Valley Country Club, Oak Ridge Country Club, W.C. Rossacker II (Minneapolis Golf Club), Southview Country Club, Windsong Farm Golf Club and Woodhill Country Club, Friends of Children’s


Super Bowl 52 VIP Experience

Super Bowl LII is less than a year away with Minneapolis set to be center stage. Come February, 2018, you can be part of the action! This package (compiled by the Super Bowl Host committee) offers exclusive access to some of the week’s biggest events, including:superbowl52_logo_300px

  • 2 tickets to the big game, ticket location TBD
  • 4 tickets to the Super Bowl Live Welcome Night & Concert: NFL red carpet with national celebrities, football stars from then and now, and a great concert with access to the VIP area on Friday, January 26, 2018.
  • 4 tickets to the NFL Opening Night: Be the first to see Super Bowl players and coaches address fans and media after the team arrive in Minnesota. As a guest of opening night, you will also have access to the performances taking place throughout the night. Monday, January 29, 2018.
  • 2 tickets to the Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose: Mingle with other A-listers and enjoy cocktails, tastings and an auction to raise money towards hunger needs in our area. There will be a chef and a player from each NFL city!
  • 2 one-day passes to the Host Committee House: Experience first class treatment for one day of the Bold North Festival. These passes get you access to food and beverages, as well as a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Bold North Festival. Exact day to be determined by the Host Committee.
  • 4 one-day tickets to the NFL experience: Feel like a professional football player with interactive games, skill tests and more! Exact day to be determined by the Host Committee.
  • 2 tickets to the community celebration thank you event: End the week of fun with tickets to this exclusive finale held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

This package also includes a Super Bowl tote, two t-shirts and two hats. This is an exclusive package that will not be offered anywhere else! There is nothing quite like the Super Bowl hype, and being able to share in the excitement is truly priceless. A bucket list item for sure!
Donor: Super Bowl Host Committee, Minnesota Vikings and Friends of Children’s


Ride away in an Audi A3

audia3_400pxKick your commute up a notch with a 2-year lease of the newly redesigned Audi A3*. This 2017 model features a sleek new look, luxurious amenities and innovative technology that will capture your senses. The Audi A3 is a 5-Star Safety Rated vehicle and 2017 Top Safety Pick+ for IIHS.

*10,000 miles/year, interior: black exterior: Monsoon Gray Metallic, tax title and license included, the lessee must meet lease guidelines per Audi Financial Services and provide insurance.
Donor: Audi Minneapolis and Audi St. Paul


Skol, Vikings! Cheer from US Bank Stadium and Lambeau!

clubpurplebarDon’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to cheer on the Minnesota Vikings at home and away from exclusive, private suites at U.S. Bank Stadium and Lambeau Field!
US Bank Stadium: 10 tickets
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to cheer on the Minnesota Vikings at home and away from exclusive, private suites at U.S. Bank Stadium and Lambeau Field!
Close out 2017 with a Vikings win! Watch the Vikings play the Chicago Bears on Dec. 31 from the Mystic Lake’s Club Purple Rihm Kenworth box at U.S. Bank Stadium. Club Purple features an outdoor deck, lounge seating, and all-inclusive food and beverages with bottle service available. This package includes ten tickets and two parking passes.
Lambeau Field: 4 tickets
There’s no better place to watch the Vikings take on the rival Green Bay Packers than from a private suite at Lambeau Field. You and three guests will enjoy an exclusive view of the game, and can take advantage of the pre-game tailgate party sponsored by Miller. Those who’ve experienced this rare opportunity say it’s the “greatest way to watch the division rivals away from home.” Transportation not included.
Donor: Rihm Kenworth and Minnesota Vikings


Dine in style at the Chef’s Table at Bellecour

bellecour_400pxHave you been trying to get a reservation for the newly opened Bellecour without any luck? This is your opportunity to reserve the best seats in the house. Join James Beard Award Winning, Chef Gavin Kaysen and his team as they invite you to experience the highly-anticipated Bellecour. Bellecour is Chef Kaysen’s new French bistro, located in the heart of downtown Wayzata, where guests will find classic French dishes highlighting Midwestern ingredients. Gavin and his team will guide your group of six guests through a multicourse meal paired with beverages and wine from famed wine director, Nico Giraud. Dinner will be followed by desserts prepared by Diane Yang and team, and a private tour of the restaurant.
Donor: Bellecour and Friends of Children’s