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Fraser Annual Benefit

The 2013 Fraser Annual Benefit - Darkest Night, Brightest Light

The 2013 Fraser Annual Benefit, Darkest Night Brightest Light, presented by POPP Communications raised over $350,000 for Fraser programs and services.
Guests indulged in an evening spun in fantasy and fairytales and celebrate the work of Fraser, a light in the darkness for thousands of Minnesota families.
Guests were treated to an exciting wine pull, silent and live auctions, a cocktail reception and an elegant three-course dinner. Fraser parent, Eric Gafkjen, shared his heartwarming story about his family and son with autism, and how Fraser services helped them. After the program, the dance floor was packed and guests danced the night away.

A special thank you Ron McCoy of McCoy & Associates for producing the show, and to Big Event Productions for staging, lighting, video production and projection.

New for 2013: Midnight Light After Party

New in 2013 was the Fraser Benefit After Party - Midnight Light - a late night after party hosted by WCCO-TV reporter Nina Moini. Guests enjoyed hosted hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, a variety of activities great networking, and fabulous musical entertainment by GenerationNow until midnight.

WCCO-TV anchor Jason DeRusha emceed the Benefit, and read the story of Louise Whitbeck Fraser:

Fraser parent Eric Gafkjen shared the story of his son Scotty, and how Fraser helped their family:

Benefit and After Party guests celebrating a successful evening with GenerationNow and DJ Dudley D:

Save the date for the 2014 Fraser Annual Benefit on October 25 at the Minneapolis Hilton!

Darkest Night, Brightest Light


James A. Levine Trust
Silent Auction
Wine Pull

Table Sponsors

The F.L.A.G. Foundation, Inc.
RW Builders, Inc.

DECO, Inc.
Environmental Resource Council
Duane and Lynda Jergenson Family Foundation
Lindquist & Vennum, LLP
Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
Fred and Alice Seagren
Wells Fargo Bank 
Leon and Patricia Westbrock
Martin and Donna Bruhl
Kevin and Cheri Doyle Family
Ted and Stacy Kronschnabel
Nilan Johnson Lewis PA
Christine Schultz and Emily and Matt Thomas


Patron Ticket Sponsors

Gene and Nancy Booker
William and Nancy Conley
Dr. Anjali Goel and Mike Alter
George Holden
Dr. Steven Noran and Dr. Anna Noran
Kevin Kunz and Sandy Simmons
Jean Weiss and Dave Kester


In-Kind Sponsors

Show Production Sponsor
McCoy & Associates

Event Staging Sponsor
Big Event

Event Design Sponsor

Event Venue Sponsor

Printing Sponsor
Dolan Printing

Performance Sponsor
Wine Sponsors
Big Top Liquors
Bill Belkin
East Lake Liquor Store
Fantesca Estate & Winery
Frey Vineyards
Vonda & Keith Knefelkamp
Majestic Fine Wines

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