Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | Nicollet Island Pavilion

Minnesota Made Gala 2024

Explore conservation and make connections at this elevated evening in celebration and support of the Minnesota Land Trust
Tom Sullivan

Save the Date!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 5–9 p.m. at Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis.

Join us for a cocktail reception, plated dinner, live auction, and incredible stories!

Do you know of a business that would like to leverage to align their brand with an experienced, respected leader in Minnesota conservation! Learn more about Minnesota Made 2024 sponsorship opportunities.

Revisiting Minnesota Made 2023—A record-setting night

Thank you for making Minnesota Made 2023 our best Minnesota Made event yet!

$445,000+ Raised

375+ Guests

Funds to Plant 100 Acres of Trees

Inspiration & education from the event stage

Special thanks to the Minnesota Made Gala speakers Sven Sundgaard, local meteorologist and event emcee, and Ann Bancroft, preeminent polar explorer, conservationist and Minnesota Land Trust landowner who both spoke about visiting the polar regions and the effects of climate change on them, as well as the importance of conservation and restoration in the face of climate change.

Sven Sundgaard speaking at the 2023 Minnesota Made Gala.
Ann Bancroft speaking at the 2023 Minnesota Made Gala.

Minnesota Land Trust CEO Kris Larson spoke passionately about our interconnected lands and habitats, citing the Kingswood Forest located just west of Lake Minnetonka, where the Land Trust first began working in 2000 at Gale Woods Farm to preserve this unique and important natural complex.

Kris Larson speaking at the Minnesota Made Gala 2023.
Protected land and unprotected land in the Kingswood Forest complex.
Gale Woods Farm and shoreline in the Kingswood Forest complex.

Minnesota Made Gala Fundraising Event

Now in its 12th year, the Minnesota Made Gala is the Minnesota Land Trust’s premier fundraising event where we gather with a group of community members, business leaders, educators, citizen conservationists, and philanthropists to help further natural climate solutions, including habitat conservation and restoration in Minnesota, as well as increasing equitable access to nature adventures for all Minnesotans.

The event is an important opportunity to increase awareness about climate change, including its impacts on Minnesota’s lands and waters, as well as historically and presently underserved communities.

About the Minnesota Land Trust

The Minnesota Land Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that promotes natural climate solutions by restoring and permanently protecting Minnesota’s most vital natural lands, providing wildlife habitat, clean water, outdoor experiences, and scenic beauty for generations to come.

Since our founding in 1991, we have protected more than 75,000 acres of private and public lands, preserved over 460 miles of shoreline, and restored 4,886 acres of critical prairie, grasslands, forest, woodlands and wetlands across Minnesota.

And we’re just getting started.

Events like the Minnesota Made Gala help increase the pace and reach of our work, which is more important now than ever before as we confront the twin threats of climate change and ongoing development pressure negatively impacting natural habitats and ecological services.

Our Protected Properties & Restoration Sites

Habitat Defragmentation

Of our protected properties are located 1,000 feet or less from state or federally protected lands

Carbon Storage

Stored in Land Trust forests & woodlands in 2022, equal to the annual emissions of 31,157 cars

Water Protection

Of our protected properties are located 1,000 feet or less from a 1-acre+ river or lake

Nature Engagement

Camps & nature centers protected, serving thousands of youth & adults

Your Gift is Amplified

A graphic with $1 on one side, a megaphone with the bell pointed right, and a $9 on the other side.

Your gift is amplified because of our effectiveness in securing public funding and private landowner donations. Every $1 generates $9 of habitat conservation and restoration in Minnesota.

About Nicollet Island Pavilion

The 2023 Minnesota Made Gala returned to historic Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, where guests enjoyed the fresh air and views of the Minneapolis skyline, bridges, and Saint Anthony Falls (Owámniyomni).

Nicollet Island Pavilion is located within Nicollet Island Park on the south end of the 48-acre island. Part of the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and within the Mississippi River–Twin Cities Important Bird Area, the island is also part of the Mississippi Flyway, a migratory corridor for 40% of North America’s waterfowl and shorebirds.

The island also provides a haven of natural habitat within the dense urban surrounds for foxes, beavers, turtles, herons and pollinators.

Wita Waste (Beautiful Island), is the Dakota name for the island and it is part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Dakota people. Prior to European settlement and subsequent development for industrial use, the island was covered in dense maple forests and was the site of Dakota maple sugar camps.

Wooden canoe in a lake at sunset

“Minnesota Made is a celebration of Minnesota’s natural wonders, with a community of people who deeply value its conservation. It’s a joyous event that makes me feel more connected to Minnesota–its land and its people.”

—Alexis Ludwig Vogen, former Minnesota Land Trust Board Member, Chief Operating Officer, PRC Wind

Let’s Get Social!

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Minnesota Made Archives

Can’t get enough Minnesota Made? Check out some of our past Minnesota Made events!

Minnesota Made 2022 – Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis MN

Minnesota Made 2021 – Online Event and Recorded Presentation

Minnesota Made 2020 – Online Event and Recorded Presentation

Minnesota Made 2019 – Aria Event Center, Minneapolis MN

Thank You to Our 2023 Event Sponsors

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Barr logo
Federated Insurance logo

Blattner Company

Blue Pencil Collective

Bonnema Runke Stern Inc.

The Cornerstone Group

Kanati Land Management

Native Resource Preservation LLC

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Sunrise Banks

Xcel Energy


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