2022 Annual Dinner

Please join us for an evening celebrating Minnesota's parks and trails and our work to support them.

Wednesday, September 28

5:30 pm  –  Social Hour

6:15 pm – Dinner & Program

Registration is now closed

Photos from the 2022 Annual Dinner

Three men holding a wooden award
Jay McLaren and Joel Dunnette receive the Friends Group Partner Award from Parks & Trails Council President Brett Feldman.
Three people posing for camera at an outdoor pavilion
Socializing at the Annual Dinner
Four people posing for camera at an outdoor pavilion
Socializing at the Annual Dinner
Three people posing for camera at an outdoor pavilion
Socializing at the Annual Dinner
Four women and a man posing for camera at an outdoor pavilion
Socializing at the Annual Dinner
People entering the pavilion
Socializing at the Annual Dinner
Three people posing for camera at an outdoor pavilion
Socializing at the Annual Dinner
Two people posing for camera at an outdoor pavilion
Jan Lasar, the editor/owner of Minnesota Trails Magazine with his guest.
A woman and man holding an award with a wooden carving of swans
Senator Carrie Ruud accepting the Reuel Harmon Award from Parks & Trails Council President Brett Feldman.

SILENT AUCTION

Online Auction is Now Open

Sept. 19 – 27 at 8 am

After the online auction closes, leading bidder notifications will be sent to the highest bidders informing them bidding continues at the live Annual Dinner event (note: registration is now closed for this event). If no more bids are made during the live auction, then the highest online auction bid wins.

lodging * art * gear * experiences * food & drinks * etc

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Emily Ford

Duluth resident Emily Ford is the first woman to hike the entire 1,200 miles of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail in winter, a feat she accomplished in 2021. Since then, she has become an ambassador for inclusivity in the outdoors. Emily has been featured in Outside Magazine and has gone on to other impressive outdoor adventures in Minnesota.

Sen. Ruud at podium with Legacy Amendment sign and capitol in background

REUEL HARMON AWARD

Sen. Carrie Ruud

Appointed three times to lead the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee, she has championed parks and trails as well as other environmental issues at the state capitol.

View past award recipients in our
Reuel Harmon Award Hall of Honor.

Wooden plaque in shape of Minnesota engraved with "Friends of Whitewater State Park"

FRIENDS PARTNER AWARD

Friends of Whitewater State Park

We are proud to present the Friends of Whitewater State Park with the annual Friends Group Partner Award for 2022.

View past award recipients in our
Friends Group Partner Hall of Honor.

LOCATION

Como Lakeside Pavilion

1360 Lexington Pkwy N
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(google map)

Enjoy an evening in the historic, open-air pavilion overlooking Como Lake. Please dress for the weather. There is ample parking on site.

Two women sitting at table

DINNER SERVICE

Social Hour with open bar (one complimentary drink ticket) is followed by a plated dinner, which includes a salad, grain, coffee, and a choice of:

  • Vegetable Cavatappi (vegetarian)
  • Grand Marnier Chicken
  • Almond Pepper Salmon (gluten-free, seafood watch)

2021 photo gallery

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Group standing
Man and woman standing
Two women standing
Two men and two women standing
Woman and man standing
Colorful quilt and other items on display
Silent auction display from 2021
Two women sitting at table
Groups sitting at table

2019 photo gallery

woman holding raffle tickets next to raffle jars
Raffle
Woman holding bicycle bookends
Outgoing president Julie Gugin receives thank you gift
people socializing at annual dinner event
wooden carved ducks mounted on wood platform
Reuel Harmon Award
woman writing in bid sheet
Silent auction
man holding award
Reuel Harmon Award being given to Sen. Keith Langseth by Parks & Trails Council president and executive director
people socializing at annual dinner event

Thank you to our sponsor

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