Highlights from the 2016 Gala

With the support of Title Sponsor U.S. Bank, CommonBond’s GrandeGala annual fundraiser celebrates the work of CommonBond Communities and our partners, who share the vision that a holistic approach – affordable housing with supportive services – can change lives. Join us as we spotlight the impact of this critical work. The 19th annual event – “Lights, Camera, Action” – promises to be a night to remember!

Friday, April 7, 2017

6 pm- Registration Opens, Cocktails, Games, and Silent Auction
7 and 7:20 pm- Sneak Previews
7:45 pm- Dinner, Program, Live Auction

Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN

Purchase your tickets today (individual tickets: $200)

Learn about sponsorship opportunities (pdf)

Can’t Attend? Make a donation today

Showcasing Our Stars

The GrandeGala raises funds to support CommonBond’s Advantage Services, which promote housing stability, education, employment, youth services, independence for seniors, and community building among CommonBond’s residents.
All proceeds benefit youth, older adults, families, and individuals with disabilities who call CommonBond home.


Duet of Braised Beef Short Ribs & Cracker Crusted Walleye, served with roasted fingerling potatoes and green beans and red peppers

Vegetarian option: stuffed Portobello mushroom filled with spinach, tomato, chevre and panko breadcrumbs, served over spelt and red peppers


Red Carpet–Think Hollywood!

Auction Items

Here’s a quick peek at some of the Live and Super Silent Auction Items waiting for your winning bid at the GrandeGala. We can’t wait to see you on April 7!

Bike Tour with Deidre Schmidt, CommonBond CEO
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to go on a bike tour with Deidre Schmidt, CommonBond CEO, and Kyle Hansen, incoming Board Chair, to tour CommonBond properties throughout south Minneapolis. Afterwards, refresh with a leisurely lunch.

Justin Bieber VIP Party Experience
You and a guest will be treated like VIPs as you enjoy the concert in the Suite on August 18 at U.S. Bank Stadium. As you sing along to your favorites, you’ll enjoy food, beverages, party activities and a photo booth.

David Fhima’s In-home Chef’s Tasting
The concept of the “Chef’s Table” is, in fact, extremely old. It is a celebration of food, wine and friends. The traditional setting for an event of this nature is typically in the kitchen. We have created an occasion to be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. You and 9 guests will be entertained by the inspired Chef with a 5-course menu created exclusively for the group. All courses will be paired with a wine that complements the unique flavors of each dish. Our staff will magically appear, set the perfect table and when the evening is finished, will have your home back to its original state, leaving only long lasting memories of flavors and conversations.

Hit the Links
Grab your clubs for a round of golf at either of these popular spots: Interlachen Country Club or Wayzata Country Club.

Sophisticated Night Out
Live like the Rat Pack with a gift card to the classic St. Paul steak destination: Manny’s Steakhouse. Includes 4 premium cigars, a bottle of Chivas Regal, and a bottle of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur.

Emcee: T. Mychael Rambo

Regional Emmy award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, and community organizer, T. Mychael Rambo has made an indelible mark in the Twin Cities, performing principle roles in local theaters as well as national and international stages.






Auctioneer: Kurt Johnson

Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has carved a niche as one of the nation’s premier benefit and corporate motivational auction companies. Not only is Kurt a top dollar raiser, but he does it while entertaining and engaging his audience.

2017 GrandeGala Sponsors







Snap Construction

US Mechanical

Value Plus Flooring

WIPFLi, LLP (Wisconsin)


Allina Health

Bremer Bank

Catalyst Construction


Dougherty Mortgage LLC

Finishing Touch Plus

JLL Capital Markets

Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

LHB, Inc.

Metro Mechanical

Morgan Stanley

ProSource Technologies, LLC


TCF Bank

Yardi Systems, Inc.


AMEK Custom Builders

American Masonry Restoration

Associated BRC

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Bassford Remele

BMO Harris

Capital Investigations & Security Services

Clean Response

Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann

CSC Service Works

Diversified Waste Solutions

Enterprise Community Investment

Ferguson Facilities Supplies

Founders Properties, LLC

Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate

High Profile Ground Maintenance

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

J. Becher & Associates

Kaas Wilson Architects


KVG Building Corp.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP

MedCraft HealthCare Real Estate

Miller Hanson/Steen Engineering

Minneapolis Holding, LLC

Minnesota Vikings


National Window Associates

Pella Commercial

Preferred Properties

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

RBC Capital Markets

RedPath and Company


Room & Board

Sherwin Williams

Sisters of St. Joseph

Stonebridge Capital Advisors

Watson-Forsberg Co.

Weis Builders, Inc.

Wheeler Hardware

WL Hall

Xcel Energy