2018 Gala

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 SAVE THE DATE – June 6, 2018!

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This will be the Sixth Annual Fundraising Gala for Green Card Voices, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, and we  would love for you to join us! The highlight of the Gala this year will be the release of the book “Green Card ENTREPRENEUR Voices: Inspiring How-To Stories from Minnesota Immigrants”, a collection of personal essays, videos, and podcasts from immigrant entrepreneurs living in Minnesota.   

This is the fifth in a series of books featuring immigrant stories recorded by Green Card Voices (GCV). Through this project, we lift up immigrant voices and offer insight into the resources and expertise that these immigrant entrepreneurs have to offer.

Today’s political climate is charged and the future of immigration in the United States is in flux. What is certain however, is that those immigrants who are here are among the most entrepreneurial individuals in our nation. They are innovators, they create new companies, provide jobs, and contribute to their communities in countless ways. This project will not only highlight their contributions, it will be an inspirational resource for anyone who has a desire to know what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur in our nation.

This book embodies key dimensions of Green Card Voices’ mission; providing immigrants with a platform to tell their own stories, in exactly the ways they want them to be heard. Immigrant-owned businesses boost the economy, and more – they innovate, coming up with new ideas, products or methods, they also apply  better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs. For all of these reasons we decided the Gala’s theme this is “ IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS: STORIES OF MINNESOTA INNOVATORS”. At the Gala, we will show you how Green Card Voices is celebrating stories from which we hope all can learn. Come join us and experience the culmination of these entrepreneur’ courageous narrative journeys.

To become an EVENT SPONSOR view the 2018 Green Card Voices Sponsorship Packet here.

VENUE: The Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102 (directions)

TICKETS: $100 (early bird rate), $150 (after May 5, 2018)

Buy your tickets through EVENTBRITE.

5:30 pm      Cocktail hour & Silent Auction  
.                      Registration / Silent Auction /Cash Bar
7:00 pm      Welcome Remarks
.                     Introductions & Housekeeping
7:05 pm      Dinner Program
.                     What a Year! by Tea Rozman Clark, GCV Ex. Director
.                     Poems by Ifrah Mansour
.                     Fund-a-need & Live Auction
8:00 pm      Keynote Speaker: dr. Bruce Corrie, City of St. Paul’s Director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development
8:30 pm      Awards Presentation
8:40 pm      Silent Auction Checkout

Dress to impress. Black tie optional.

The Fundraising Gala will start with a cocktail hour, continued with a sit down dinner, speakers and a wonderful and entertaining. This evening will be sure to inspire, entertain, and fill your stomach! We’ll share how far we’ve come and what we hope to accomplish and what we need to get there. There will be a silent and a live auction, too! Help us build the largest video library of immigrants’ stories in America!

Keynote Speaker

Corrie-BruceDr. Bruce Corrie, City of St. Paul’s Director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development

Dr. Corrie is well known for his work studying the economic impact of minorities and immigrants in the Twin Cities. A faculty member of Concordia University since 1987, Dr. Corrie has served on the board of several national, state and local public and non-profit boards such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, Governor’s Workforce Development Council, Chair of the Governor’s Working Group on Minority Business Development and the World Cultural Heritage District.
In January 2018, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter selected Dr. Corrie to oversee the city’s Department of Planning and Economic Development, much to the excitement of the immigrant community. His keynote address will be an opportunity for us to hear about his experiences continuing to advocate for immigrants on a statewide level!

Poems by Ifrah Mansour


Ifrah Mansour is a Somali, refugee, muslim, multimedia artist residing in Minnesota. She explores trauma through the eyes of children to uncover the resiliency of black, muslim, and refugees. She interweaves poetry, puppetry, films, and installations to illuminate the invisible stories of immigrants. Her critically-acclimated “How to Have Fun in a Civil War” premiered at Guthrie Theatre. Her first national museum piece; “Can I touch it” as part of “I am Somali” exhibit is currently on view at Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her latest piece “Floating Refugee Aqal” is currently on display as part of Then and now, Somali Stories through art Exhibit at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. latest work “Banned & Blessed” premiering at Arab American national museum. Learn more at facebook.com/ifrahmansourart/

Get social!

Share the Green Card Voices Gala experience on social media! Contribute to the digital social wall by using #GCVgala18 on all of your Instagram and Twitter posts. Share those selfies, photos of your attire and your observations throughout Gala!

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions or contact our Executive Director Tea Rozman Clark at tea@greencardvoices.com or (612) 889 7635. Thank you for helping us recognize the contributions of immigrants. Please share this information with your colleagues, and spread the word on social media using #GCVgala18 and tag us using @greencardvoices on twitter and @GreenCardVoices on Facebook.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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2017 Gala Highlights

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