Gala for Boys & Girls

Presented by maurices… Welcome to our 9th Annual Gala for Boys & Girls! Held in Duluth at Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods, the evening includes fine food, live and silent auctions, and inspiring programming.

It’s all to raise money for an organization that changes lives and inspires great futures for the boys and girls in our community.

Save the Date

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods

5:30pm – Social and Silent Auction
7pm – Dinner
8pm – Program and Live Auction

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Chair, 2018 Gala for Boys & Girls
David Herman – Chief Executive Officer at Essentia Health

Keynote Speaker
Tim Irwin – MN Vikings Alumni

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorships are available for you and/or your business. For sponsor levels, click here.

For questions, please contact Dawn Hautajarvi, Director of Development, at 218-727-1549 or email.


  1. Brainerd Raceway

Experience the thrills of the Brainerd International Raceway as you never have before as you shift from racing fan to real race car driver in just one day. For more than 20 years, the BIR Performance Driving School has delivered the only experience of its kind in the Midwest. See what your own car is capable of on the track, or take the wheel in a race car. Package includes two certificates for BIR performance driving school. Get sized for racing suit and helmet, riding tour of the track with a race car driving instructor, driving a car and safety class. With hotel stay at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, including breakfast and waterpark passes for 4.

Donated by Tommy Archer/ BIR and Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

  1. Chicago Get-away  Enjoy Chicago’s distinct style and downtown sophistication with 3 days/2 nights accommodations at Swissôtel Chicago.

Experience Chicago with the finest accommodations and fun touring experiences! Luxury and elegance surround you at the Swissôtel Chicago, high in the Chicago skyline. Spend your days soaking up the city, either on a fascinating architecture cruise, or with a Go Chicago Card, which provides you access to over 20 of the city’s top attractions and tours, so you have the freedom to see what you want, when you want! Includes daily complimentary breakfast, all room-related taxes and free concierge reservation services. Must schedule 30 days in advance, based on availability. Expires April 20, 2019.

  1. Apps & A Show

Enjoy Red Carpet Treatment at the Northland’s No. 1 Martini Lounge.  Featuring a delicious array of appetizers and champagne in the private “VIP” Manhattan Room.  A Black Water Lounge party for up to 20 guests valued at $500.  Take your party next door to the Newly Restored NorShor Theatre to see the show “Our Town.” A show for up to 20 tickets valued at $700.Includes appetizers at BlackWater followed by a show at the Norshor Theater.

Donated by:  Black Woods Group and Nor Shor Theatre

  1. Hawaiian Condo one week at your choice of two luxury properties on the Hilton Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort on the big island of Hawaii

Built on a higher elevation at Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort offers an idyllic setting on the sun-drenched island of Hawaii. The resort features expansive views, luxurious accommodations and close proximity to the renowned dining, retail and entertainment venues. This vacation residence is surrounded by the Waikoloa Kings and Beach Golf Courses with alluring fairway and mountain views. The 2-bedroom, 2 bath luxury condos accommodate up to six guests with complete kitchens and all the comforts of home. A 15-minute walk to Anaehoomalu Beach, the Bay Club also includes two swimming pools, Jacuzzi spas, two tennis courts, barbecue entertainment area, an exercise room with sauna and an on-site restaurant. Based on availability, valid until 12/31/2018

Donated by Dave and Lisa Goldberg  

  1. Minnesuing Acres Island House Retreat

Talk about getting away from it all! Nestled on a private island in the middle of Lake Minnesuing, the Island House is a haven for relaxation and recreation any time of the year. The Island House is just a quick pontoon boat ride, or snowmobile trek in the winter, from the main lodge. The house features a spacious living room, fireplace, full kitchen and four bedrooms. This two-night stay for up to eight (8) includes a pontoon boat in the summer or snowmobiles in the winter. Based on availability, offer expires on May 1, 2019.

Donated by:  Minnesuing Acres


  1. Orange Lake , Florida Condo Vacation for a week

One weeks stay at the Holiday Inn Vacations at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The resort is located on 1,450 beautiful acres of lush greenery. A myriad of amenities, services, and activities are available at this resort. The facilities of all four resort villages are available to every guest. These resorts feature seven pools, a lazy river, and an 80-acre lake with beach and water sports, four golf courses, seven restaurants, two mini golf courses, and more. The East Village has two calm and relaxing pool areas plus many villas overlooking the signature Arnold Palmer designed 18- hole championship golf course. There is also racquetball, Ping-Pong, fishing, tennis, entertainment and nightlife. Close proximity to many of the area attractions, such as Walt Disney World attractions, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld and outlet shopping. Property may accommodate up to 12 guests. This property can be exchanged for another Gold Crown domestic or international property. Based on availability. Certificate expires as of April 20, 2019.

Donated by Friends of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland


  1. Exclusive Vikings Ticket Package

Enjoy a Vikings home football game from a new perspective. Take in the game seated in the Buffalo Wild Wings Club on the 40 yard line, where you can enjoy upscale à la carte food and beverage options and a state-of-the-art audio-visual experience. This package includes two (2) tickets to a regular season Minnesota Vikings home game, a one-night hotel stay at Aloft and $100 dinner certificate for the Capital Grille. Excludes the 2018-2019 regular season home opener and Green Bay Packers game.

Donated by:  Twin Ports Insurance, Sherman Associates, Inc. and Capital Grille


  1. Amazing Arizona Vacation

Rest your heels in the Fountain Hills! Just 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, this is the perfect four-night getaway for up to eight (8) family members or friends. Enjoy an elegant desert vacation which includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a heated pool, hot tub, fire pit, ping-pong table and an outdoor patio with grill. While you’re there, check out the world-famous fountain spouting three times as high as Old Faithful! Based on availability. Valid for 2018-2019 season

Donated by:  Anonymous

  1. Ultimate UMD Bulldog Hockey Suite

Love Bulldog hockey? You’ll love it even more when you enjoy a UMD men’s hockey from one of AMSOIL Arena’s luxury suites – a private box with a big screen television and your own seats, with the best views in the arena. The suite can accommodate up to sixteen; the suite is available Date and opponent to be determined.

Donated by:  Brad and Susan Skytta


  1. Wine Country Adventure for Two 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, the ultimate elegant oasis, is an AAA Four-Diamond resort situated in the gorgeous wine country of Sonoma in Northern California. Your spacious Vineyard Suite provides the epitome of comfort, privacy, and a delightful ambiance and features a fireplace, Jacuzzi tub for two, and a plush sitting area. The package includes a personalized five-hour wine-country tour in a chauffeured luxury sedan, daily complimentary breakfast, all room-related taxes and daily complimentary wine tastings in the hotel lobby. Some restrictions apply during special events. Blackout dates: June 24-25, July 15-17.  Must schedule 30 days in advance, based on availability. Expires April 20, 2019.


  1. Duluth Airshow Package July 7-8, 2018

If you’re an aviation buff, this package is for you. The 2018 Airshow will feature an exciting performance by the always popular USAF Thunderbirds. You’ll also be treated to a flight on the North America B-25 bomber, a World War II celebrated aircraft. The package also includes two (2) Presidential Chalet Day Passes and a VIP Orange Lot parking pass for the Duluth Airshow on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Some restrictions apply. Will reschedule in the event of cancellation due to weather conditions.

Donated by:  Duluth Airshow (Ryan Kern)