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International Women’s Day

Thank you to all who joined us for our 2020 celebration! Stay tuned for information about next year’s event.


March 7, 2021

March 8, 2020, 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel – The Depot
225 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55401

At the sixth annual International Women’s Day celebration, the International Institute of Minnesota will honor New Americans who strengthen our community and improve our world. Proceeds from the event support the Institute’s programming for New American women and their families.

Each year, the International Institute of Minnesota presents the Olga Zoltai Award, given in recognition of outstanding community leadership by, or in service to, New Americans. This year’s award winner is Ana Pottratz Acosta, a celebrated attorney, educator and advocate. Come hear from Ana as well as student speaker Luisana Mendez.

The event will be emceed by Gia Vang of KARE 11 and will include a live auction (see below for package details) and performances from Mirah Ammal and Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater.

Community contributions are more important than ever in sustaining the Institute’s programs and providing services that reflect the changing needs of New Americans. Thank you for joining us to raise funds for these critical services!

Live Auction Packages

Concert Tickets & Dinner for Four at Saint Dinette

Maroon 5 is bringing the party to St. Paul on Aug. 9! Grab three friends to see the three-time GRAMMY® Award winning multi-platinum band with hits like “Sugar,” “Moves Like Jagger” and “Girls Like You.” Opening for the band is Meghan Trainor, a highly successful musical artist in her own right with hits like “All About That Bass” and a new studio album called Treat Myself.

Prior to the concert you and three friends will be treated to a chef’s tasting menu at one of St. Paul’s most darling restaurants, Saint Dinette. Then it’s off to the Xcel Energy Center where you’ll sing, dance and create lasting memories.

Admission, Concert, Parking and $100

Enjoy VIP treatment at the Great Minnesota Get-Together with two State Fair admission tickets, two Grandstand concert tickets, a $100 Visa gift card to spend throughout the fair, and reserved parking at the Institute (we’re right across the street from the fairgrounds).

Current Grandstand headliners include Tim McGraw with special guest Midland, The Doobie Brothers (50th Anniversary Tour featuring Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, John McFee with special guest Dirty Dozen Brass Band), and Darci Lynne & Friends: Fresh Out of the Box Tour with special guest Okee Dokee Brothers.

Chef Alex Roberts & Chef Jamal Hashi

Enjoy an enchanting evening of decadent food and fun for you and seven guests in the home of Jane Graupman, Executive Director of the International Institute of Minnesota, or at another location of your choice. James Beard Award winner Alex Roberts (Alma, Brasa) and fellow Twin Cities chef and innovator Jamal Hashi (Safari) are sure to make this a truly special evening.

Chefs Hashi and Roberts will create a memorable menu just for you and your group, complete with top-shelf wine that will astound you. The evening includes a reception complete with canapés from each chef, then a sumptuous sit-down dinner with elite wine pairings. You are sure to enjoy this evening of mixing cultures and a menu inspired by Somalia and Minnesota.

Highlights from 2020 International Women’s Day

View more International Women’s Day celebration photos here.


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