Spring Gala

2018 Spring Gala is Speak Easy about Mental Health

                 Beautiful and dashing guests, capturing the roaring 20’s spirit, came together in a celebration to Speak Easy about Mental Health. Over 300 swells came to NAMI’s Spring Gala on April 28 to the Radisson Downtown Minneapolis to raise awareness of people who live with mental illnesses and their families.

Old and new friends alike ate, drank, and made merry, then danced the night away to Highbrow and the Shades. There were nearly 50 new guests, as well as many stalwart supporters who have been attending year after year. We are grateful to all of you.

Shannon and Grace Bailey together shared their moving story of how NAMI Minnesota helped ease their mother-daughter journey through the twists and turns of the mental health system. Charming local KARE reporter Dylan Wohlenhaus kept the evening moving along smoothly.

Our Gala Committee did a fantastic job providing exciting prizes for our silent and live auctions, resulting in spirited bidding to raise funds for NAMI.
Auctioneer extraordinaire Karen Sorbo created electricity during the live auction, inspiring guests to place their bids. We were surprised and delighted when critically acclaimed Minnesota author Lorna Landvik spontaneously donated not one but two named characters in her upcoming book. All told, this year’s Gala raised over $109,000 – our most successful Gala yet.


The NAMI Spring Gala is an annual themed fundraiser to support NAMI Minnesota’s programs and mission. It’s a night of meaningful fun, including a program with speakers, silent and live auctions, dinner, live music and dancing. For more information or if you are interested in sponsoring the Spring Gala, please contact events@namimn.org.