Kids 'n Kinship

Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala

You are invited to the
Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala
Join us to experience the magic of mentoring!

Sunday, September 27, 2015
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Brackett's Crossing
17976 Judicial Road, Lakeville

A Magical Evening is Planned For You!
Kids 'n Kinship Testimonial by Tim Greife ~
Dinner, Silent Auction Wine and Craft Beer Pull ~
Brodini Comedy Magic Show ~ Enjoy the music of Bonnie Melzarek

Sponsor the Gala or make a donation at:

Tickets $45.00 per person
or purchase 8 tickets for the price of 7

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Thanks to our Wonderful Gala Sponsors!

Community Sponsors

Thomson Reuters
UR The Urgency Room

Partnership Sponsors

3M Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
Boeckermann Grafstrom Mayer CPA's
Burnsville Rotary Foundation
Dale and Bette Schenian
Hess & Hess Inc
Home Federal
Pam Bernal
PBBS Equipment
Think Mutual Bank

Contributing Sponsors

Park Nicollet – Burnsville

Collaborative Sponsors

Arnold Orthodontics
Bill Traiser
Dakota Electric
Don Hess
Jan and Dave Belmore
Mike Hess
The Credit Department
Thrivent Financial, Southern Dakota County Chapter

With Special thanks to

Brackett's Crossing
Cornerstone Printing
ECM Publishers
James Backstrom
Marshall's Lakeville
Media Relations, Inc.
Merchants Bank
Michael Moschogianis
Our 2015 Gala Participants!
Perkins Lakeville

Wine and Beer Donors

Annonymous Bad Weather Brewing Barefoot Wines and Bubbly
Bernicks Bette Schenian Big Top Wine & Spirits
Bronco Wines Byerly's Wine & Spirits Canterbury Downs
Chet's Wine & Brewsky Chris and Kirsten Anderson College City Beverage
Denise Lutz Geri Hess Gil Mathews

Wine and Beer Donors

Gloria & Jim Kamish Ian Burrell & Nancy Wolterstorff-Burrell J.J. Taylor
Jack Kuehn Jim & Laura Gresback Jim Schmidt
Johnson Brothers Liquor Company Judy & Brian Anderson Karen Anderson
Lori Ames Mary Laeger-Hagemeister Mary Pat Smith

Wine and Beer Donors

MGM Liquor Warehouse
Mike Garin
Monica Jensen
Paustis Wine Company
Piattelli Vineyards
Sara Andersen
Small Lot
Sunile Sachdev
The Wine Shop at Kowalskis
Wine Merchants

Auction Donors

3M Al's Vacuum AMES Performing Arts Center
Ann Johnson Arijai Aesthetics and Wellness Artistry Bloomington Center for the Arts
Auction Donors Barb Zorn Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Edina
Baskets On Occasion, Inc. Bette Schenian Biscotti by Barb
Brave New Workshop Buca di Beppo Buck Hill Ski Area

Auction Donors

Cannon River Winery Chanhassen Cheryl Leitschuh
Dakota Electric Association Deena Mahowald Dog Day Getaway
Elder Jones Fireside Great Clips Lakeville
Guthrie Theatre International Dairy Queen Jan Belmore

Auction Donors

Jensen's Food & Cocktails Jim Cooper's Tire Jim Elder
John and Sherry Elder Karin and Neill Hansen Lakeville 21 Theatre
Laurie Thulien Lise Anderson Mall of America
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Wild

Auction Donors

Moses Dennis Nancy Neilson Olive Garden
O'Shaughnessy Pahl's Market Patsy Ryan
PBBS Equipment Rita Younger Roasted Pear
Science Museum Single Ply Systems Stages Theater Co.
Swanke Financial Target - Eagan The Timberwolves

Auction Donors

The Toro Company
The Urgency Room
The Works
Tin Whiskers Brewing Company
Total Wine
Tracey Beebe
Valley Natural Foods
Vivo Kitchen
Walker Art Center
Xcel energy Center

Featured Video

Raspberry Pi -Lesson 2

Monday, August 24, 2015


Best Buy finished up their Raspberry Pi classes with the students by teaching them how to create their own game!!   The students worked together with their mentor and were guided in how to use the variables in the program.  The game design consisted of having the character go back to "go" when it touched a certain designated color.  The students also created a course the character had to navigate through from beginning to end.  The students were actively engaged and totally enjoyed the process as well as the finished result!!
Excited to have created their game!!
Making a game together!!

Many thanks to Best Buy Geek Squad and Ben Harwell and Andrew Miller, who were our instructors for the class. Thanks also to the Western Service Center who hosted us again!!

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Kids 'n Kinship has achieved Expert Partner status through Mentoring Partnership Minnesota's Quality Mentoring Assesment Path (QMAP) and has a 100% overall implementation rating on an extensive list of best practices and quality standards for mentoring programs. We are 1 of only 9 other programs to earn this distinguished rating under these rigorous guidelines.


Medical Monkeys

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the partnership with Medical Monkeys. Funds received from the purchase of the Medical Monkeys goes towards finding mentors for our waiting youth.

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Mail Pack and Ship, Apple Valley and their wonderful donation of printing of our newsletter, and Media Relations, Inc for their pro bono work on publicity.