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CDF-Minnesota Beat the Odds® Awards Celebration 2012

March 16, 2012 - March 16, 2012

The Depot
225 Third Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55401

6:00 p.m.: Silent Auction and Reception

8:00 p.m.: Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Individual Tickets are $100

Tables are $5,000, $3,000, and $1,500 (10 seats per table)


Sponsors: UCare, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Delta Dental of Minnesota, Thomson Reuters

Presented by Fallon

Please join us for the Children’s Defense Fund—Minnesota’s 20th annual Beat the Odds celebration, honoring four outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities.

The program identifies and rewards young people who have experienced significant hardship in their lives and supports and trains them to become future leaders in adulthood. Beat the Odds celebrations continue to inspire community leaders and citizens who not only want to help children struggling to overcome adversity, but to work to prevent children from having to face difficulties in the first place.

Each year, Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Minnesota recognizes local teens who have overcome extreme adversity, including family violence, poverty, illness, abuse, and chemical addictions to succeed in school and life. On March 16, 2012 CDF–Minnesota will host its 20th annual Beat the Odds awards dinner and celebration. Four deserving high school seniors will be presented with a $4,000 college scholarship.

CDF–Minnesota wants all children get a great start in life. The strength of our future is dependent on the success of every child in our state and our nation. The entire community takes great pride in recognizing the honorees for their hard work, academic excellence, community service and personal determination to beat the odds.

To celebrate those achievements, Children’s Defense Fund partners with the business community to host Beat the Odds celebration. CDF–Minnesota’s Beat the Odds program has three objectives:

  • To honor high school seniors who have overcome tremendous personal and social barriers to succeed in school and life;
  • To inform the public of the difficulties children face how we can help children succeed; and
  • To raise funds for Children’s Defense Fund–Minnesota.

About CDF–Minnesota

Established in 1986, CDF–Minnesota is the only policy organization in the state to focus solely on the needs of children. Its mission is to ensure that every child receives a healthy start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with he help of caring families and communities. CDF–Minnesota pays particular attention to the needs of our most vulnerable children — children of color, children from low-income families and children with disabilities. In this pursuit, it encourages preventive investment before children get sick or into trouble, drop out of school or suffer family breakdown. CDF–Minnesota is a private organization supported by foundations, corporate grants and individuals.

For more information visit our website or contact Judy Ham at ham@cdf-mn.org or 651-855-1179 or Sybil Axner at axner@cdf-mn.org or 651-855-1172.