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Celebrating Success: Sustainable Stillwater MN's 2023 Sustainability Works! Gala Recap

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

What a night it was on November 2! We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each one of you who joined us for FOR A BETTER FUTURE with Clean Energy for ALL, the theme of Sustainable Stillwater MN's second fundraiser. A total of 184 individuals gathered to not only attend but also to demonstrate their commitment to making the Stillwater area a greener, more sustainable community.



The energy in the room was contagious as supporters came together to pledge their resources and support our mission. We are thrilled to announce that the funds raised during the event will play a crucial role in several key initiatives:

  1. Building a Stronger Green Business Economy: Supporting businesses that prioritize sustainability is a cornerstone of our efforts.

  2. Developing Climate Policies: Working within government to establish policies that address climate change and provide energy assistance to vulnerable communities.

  3. Creating a Walkable, Bicycle-Friendly, Carbon-Free Community: Fostering a community that is not only environmentally friendly but also promotes healthier modes of transportation.

  4. Protecting and Restoring Our Natural Environment: Initiatives focused on preserving and rehabilitating the beautiful natural landscapes that surround us.

The success of the evening was not just measured by the funds raised but by the sense of community and shared commitment to a sustainable future. We are thrilled to share that through the silent auction, live auction, and the appeal, our generous attendees contributed over $30,000 to further our initiatives.


We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed, attended, and embraced the ethos of "Think globally, act locally."



A special thank you to our event partners and contributors who made the night possible:

  • Karla Hult of KARE-11: An incredible Master of Ceremonies who kept the evening lively and engaging.

  • Rolf Nordstrom of Great Plains Institute: His inspiring speech resonated with everyone present.

  • Sven Sundgaard: His moving explanation about polar bears and climate change.

  • Champions of Sustainability Award Winners: Your dedication serves as an inspiration to all.

  • Rick Robbins, the Auctioneer: Your skills added excitement to the evening.

  • JX Event Center: The venue that provided a spectacular backdrop for our gathering.

  • Bella Vida Catering: Thank you for the delicious dinners that fueled our night.

  • Volunteers: Your dedication and hard work are deeply appreciated.

A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, whose support is invaluable:

  • Mediamazing

  • Lakeview HealthPartners

  • Andersen Windows

  • Sarah Grace Photography

  • PaleBluedot

  • Healing Within Acupuncture

  • Hillwater Grooves

  • Market and Johnson

  • Justin Depew Designs

  • Green Guardian Wealth Management

  • First State Bank and Trust

  • Bella Vida Catering

  • Carriage Realty

  • Metro East Real Estate Services

  • XCEL Energy

  • Arcola Trail Flower Farm

While the final fundraising total is still being tabulated, we want to acknowledge and appreciate all the generous donors and ticket buyers who have contributed to the success of the 2023 Sustainability Works! Gala. Your support is instrumental in advancing Sustainable Stillwater's vital sustainability initiatives.


In the spirit of making a difference, the 2023 Sustainability Works! Gala was not just an event; it was a celebration of our collective commitment to a greener, more sustainable future. Check out the guest photos below to relive the memorable moments from this extraordinary night. Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey towards a better future!


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