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Minnesota made Extravaganza

A Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society

Save the Date!

November 18, 2021

Quincy Hall  |  Minneapolis

A Note from Our 2021 Minnesota Made Extravaganza Chair

The American Cancer Society's mission to save lives and reduce cancer mortality is at risk from COVID-19.

  • ACS is the largest, private nonprofit funder of cancer research in the United States. The impact of COVID-19 reduced our ability to fund cancer research by 50 percent in 2020. This is will be our lowest investment this century.

  • Free transportation and lodging programs—including both the Minneapolis and Rochester Hope Lodges—have been paused temporarily to protect vulnerable cancer patients. The ACS hopes to resume their operation soon; however, safely reopening and sustaining these programs comes at a significant cost.


Cancer doesn't pause for a pandemic. In all communities, cancer patients and their caregivers need us to forge ahead with our work, including research, patient services, information and resource sharing, education, and advocacy.

We can't allow our progress to be put on hold because of COVID-19. At risk are more and better treatments and discoveries that will improve and save lives. That is why I am serving as the Chair for the 4th annual Minnesota Made Extravaganza led by the CEOs Against Cancer of Minnesota Chapter on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Because patients need us now more than ever, we, in turn, need you more than ever. And that is why I ask you to consider joining Ernst & Young in sponsoring the event or by making a 100% tax deductible donation. In the face of COVID-19, the American Cancer Society is continuing their lifesaving mission in Minnesota and throughout the nation. Your support will enable us to provide the resources necessary to support cancer patients and communities.

If you are unable to attend the Minnesota Made Extravaganza on November 18 either in person or virtually, you can still support the fight against cancer. Donate quickly and easily here!

On behalf of the American Cancer Society and the CEOs Against Cancer of Minnesota Chapter, thank you for your generous support of this important mission.

Michael O'Leary

Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

2021 Minnesota Made Extravaganza Executive Board Chair

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About the

American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge

For more than a 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 31% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.







This year, the Minnesota Made Extravaganza is focusing on helping a lifesaving resource right here in our backyard – Hope Lodge. Minnesota is proud to have locations in both Minneapolis and Rochester. The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges have been temporarily closed to protect vulnerable cancer patients, and hope to reopen as soon as it is safe. However, reopening and sustaining this program comes at a significant cost. Our Hope Lodges provides a supportive and nurturing environment for cancer patients and caregivers who must travel for treatment. Hope Lodge’s one-time costs related to COVID-19 include front desk plexiglass shields, thermometers, social distancing signage, protection stations and re-commissioning activities that include HVAC, plumbing, and facility disinfection. On-going costs related to COVID-19 include disposable paper masks, hand sanitizer, and daily disinfecting of every facility plus the ongoing regular operational costs of Hope Lodge.

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The Richard M. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Minneapolis

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The Sandra  J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Rochester


Event Details

6:00 PM

6:00 - 7:30 PM

7:30 PM

7:45 PM

9:00 PM

10:00 PM

Doors Open

Social Hour

  • Appetizers

  • ​Wine & Beer

  • Silent Auction

  • Games 

Dinner Served

Program Begins


Program Concludes

  • Auction Closes

  • Check out begins


Event Concludes


Event Safety Guidelines

The health and safety of our immune compromised supporters, volunteers, staff and community at-large are of the utmost importance. Therefore, we will require that all individuals attending this year’s Minnesota Made Extravaganza be fully vaccinated with either one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or two-doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  Or, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours of the event.

Certainly, we are erring on the side of caution and proceeding deliberately and carefully. However, as a public health organization that serves the immune-compromised, our responsibility is greater to protect the health, safety, and well-being of those that trust us. It is for this reason that we also require all employees of the American Cancer Society to be fully vaccinated.

We regularly assess our in-person events and will strictly adhere to all federal and local health department guidance including event size and masking.


Thank You To Our Sponsors

Distinguished Partner Sponsor

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North Star Sponsors

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Grey Duck Sponsor


Snowta Sponsors



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Exclusive Sponsors

Bar & Beverage

Underwriting Sponsors

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In-Kind Sponsor

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Lead Gift


Past Events

Watch our 2020 Virtual Event!

2019 Minnesota Made at Aria Event Center

Photos courtesy of Jeannine Marie Photography