MPI Minnesota celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 17th at the newly remodeled Treasure Island Resort and Casino. The event kicked off with a volunteer appreciation cruise on the Mississippi, thanking those that have served on committees or the board for the past 40 years. The awards gala followed at the Treasure Island Resort event center.
The celebration continued over a surf & turf plated dinner. MPI Minnesota distributed their prestigious Excellence in Meeting Professionals International (EMPI) awards to the following five participants:
Outstanding Meeting or Event: Tom Edelen, Thrivent Financial
Outstanding Planner Member: Amanda Sullivan, CFA Society of Minnesota
Outstanding Supplier Member: Kathryn Laulainen, The Marquette Hotel
Outstanding Supporting Company: Synergos AMC
Rising Star: Emily Van Lith, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities
The night ended with full black jack tables and a performance by the band Hitchville. MPI hosts about a dozen events a year and welcomes non-members to attend meetings.