PPL Celebrates a Milestone Anniversary
It’s not every day that an organization turns 40. What better way for PPL to acknowledge such a major milestone than by throwing a party? That’s exactly what happened at the PPL 40th Anniversary Gala on September 29th. Hundreds of guests enjoyed a night of dinner, dancing, and story-sharing at the historic Depot Minneapolis. More than just a party, the Gala was also an opportunity to thank the community of donors and supporters who have, year in and year out, helped bring PPL’s mission to life.
It was a thrill to see so many familiar faces, but there were also plenty of people who were new to PPL. Guests mingled as they participated in a silent auction throughout the night. After a few rounds of bidding, it was time for a dinnertime program. Former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton gave a keynote reflecting on PPL’s positive impact — both in the community and, as a past PPL homeowner, in her own life. She was joined on stage by Carolyn Roby of the Wells Fargo Foundation; and Neeraj Mehta, a passionate north Minneapolis community-builder who got his start at PPL as a program manager. As the current director of community based research at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Neeraj talked about the ways PPL helped him develop professionally. After the program, a commemorative video presentation, and a champagne toast, the dance floor opened up to the live music of Davina and the Vagabonds. From beginning to end, the Gala was a success.
PPL has so much to be proud of: more than 2,000 units of quality affordable housing built; hundreds of jobseekers earning living wages thanks to our employment training programs; and countless families using skills gained through our responsive support services and youth development programs. It is important to recognize these accomplishments — especially considering how none of them would have been possible without contributions from staff, volunteers, interns, donors, and other partners.
We cannot thank our Gala sponsors enough: Wells Fargo, Thrivent, General Mills, Carlson Printing Company, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Caliber Foundation, Flowers in the Park, Thomson Reuters, BMO Harris Bank, Bremer Bank, Marquette Transportation Finance, Shaw-Lundquist, Travelers Insurance, US Bank, and Xcel Energy. Your generosity truly made the night a memorable one.