Paddling on a Minnesota lake © Rachel Davis & Mike Bowman
Paddling Paddling on a Minnesota lake ©: R. Davis & M. Bowman

Stories in Minnesota

Green Tie Affair

Water: Our Ripple Effect

Join us on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Let’s make waves for clean water!

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Make a splash on May 2 at The Nature Conservancy’s 2019 Green Tie Affair, happening at the Depot in Minneapolis. Together we can turn the tide in protecting our waters!

Dive in for a wondrous evening of interactive experiences, including a locally grown dinner, live auction featuring nature-inspired adventures, and back by popular demand, the Green Tie Contest. The featured speaker will be Giulio Boccaletti, physicist, atmospheric scientist, co-author of the historic “Charting Our Water Security” report, and The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Strategy Officer, speak on the Conservancy’s strategy for protecting our waters and how we all play a role.

Join fellow nature champions at this memorable event that happens only every other year!

Attire is cocktail or business. Green admired, not required. Special prizes for best green tie, scarf or sash!

Event Schedule

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Reception

  • Mix and mingle over hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails 
  • An interactive exploration into our world of water

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Dinner & Program

Complete menu description here

  • Live auction featuring incredible nature experiences 
  • Keynote presentation: “Securing Our Water’s Future

Thanks to our generous sponsors!

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Additional Thanks

  • 56 Brewing 
  • Jay Kim 
  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co. 
  • Rick and Leslie Kupchella 
  • Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts 
  • PotlatchDeltic 
  • Canetani Vacation Properties 
  • Nice Ride 
  • Judson Dayton and Shelley Mydra-Dayton 
  • Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben 
  • Beth Dooley 
  • Spot Communications 
  • Izzy’s Ice Cream 
  • Strata Corporation 

2019 Honorary Hosts

  • Chad & Mickel Abraham 
  • Michael Meyer & Mare Jarvis 
  • Julie & Doug Baker Jr. 
  • Ann Mulholland & Steve Cerkvenik 
  • Wendy Bennett & Ken Powell 
  • Kate & Stuart Nielsen 
  • Mary & Richard Brainerd 
  • Joc & Christiane O'Rourke 
  • Edward & Sherry Ann Dayton 
  • John Ostergren 
  • Beth & Kevin Dooley 
  • Gregory Page 
  • Mayor Jacob Frey & Sarah Clarke 
  • Jim Prokopanko & Bonnie McPhee 
  • Elly Grace 
  • Tom Schnettler & Cheryl Appeldorn 
  • John & Karen Himle 
  • Will Steger 
  • Kathleen & Dave MacLennan 
  • Carla Vernón & Jason Bowles 

Auction Packages

Hawaiian Destination Vacation

Escape to the lush island of Kauai for seven (7) luxurious nights at the award-winning Waipouli Beach Resort. This trip includes accommodations for up to four (4) adults, with unforgettable penthouse ocean views from your private lanai. Kauai offers incredible outdoor adventures such as hiking, ziplining, surfing and much more! Or, relax and rejuvenate at the resort’s spa. The island awaits you.

Special thanks to Canetani Vacation Properties

Luxury North Shore Adventure

Enjoy captivating views of Lake Superior from this breathtaking lakeside cabin during a three (3) night, four (4) day getaway. This home features three (3) master suites and can accommodate up to eight (8) people. You and your guests can enjoy all the area has to offer with complimentary amenities such as mountain bikes, cross country skis, snow shoes, and guided kayaking. Plus, you’ll get to indulge in Bluefin Bay Resort’s fine dining and spa with a $500 gift card. Your north shore retreat is calling.

Special thanks to Rick and Leslie Kupchella as well as the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

Lakeside Dinner and Cruise

Sip cocktails during a luxury sunset cruise on Lake Minnetonka with your party of eight (8). Following the cruise, enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by James Beard award-winning Chef, Beth Dooley, featuring local and sustainable ingredients and hosted by Judson Dayton and Shelley Mydra-Dayton in their beautiful lakeside home. Indulge in Minnesota’s sights, sounds and tastes on this evening to remember.

Special thanks to Beth Dooley, Judson Dayton and Shelley Mydra-Dayton, and Jay Kim

Interested in Sponsoring?

Sponsorships are critical to the success of our celebration. Through your generosity, you can be a part of the Conservancy’s visionary efforts to ensure that the natural resources so important to sustaining us will be available today and for future generations. The world we depend on depends on us—we hope you will join us. For details on sponsorship opportunities, please see here or contact Holly Johansson at 612.331.0776 or

* For any questions regarding the 2019 Green Tie Affair, please contact Holly Johansson, Event and Institutional Manager, at 612.331.0776 or