HeartLink Gala

2016 HeartLink Gala Presented by Cargill

The 2016 HeartLink Gala Presented by Cargill was a huge success. Thanks to our many generous sponsors and donors, we raised over $900,000! This is a record for our organization and will help us expand our work and save thousands more children with heart disease next year. We are grateful for your support! You can find photos from the event on Children's HeartLink's Facebook page.


The gala was held on Friday, October 28, 2016, from 6-10 p.m. at the Hilton Minneapolis. 

Kathleen MacLennan and Dave MacLennan, Cargill Chairman and CEO, were the 2016 HeartLink Gala Honorary Chairs. 

The evening featured our work in Brazil and included a cocktail reception, dinner, an exclusive culinary silent auction, a live auction and live entertainment. Attire: Black tie optional. 

Presenting Sponsor 


Platinum Sponsors

Boston Scientific

CHS, Inc.

Delta Air Lines

Ernst & Young

Hubbard Broadcasting

Land O'Lakes

McKinsey & Co



St. Jude Medical

U.S. Bank

United Health Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Susan Kent Anderson and Richard Anderson

Guillaume and Liliane Bastiaens

Wendy Bennett and Ken Powell

Best Buy

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Richard and Theresa Davis


Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Geoff and Stephanie Martha

Minnesota Vikings


Robins Kaplan LLP

Ray Skowyra and Marianne Short

Silver Sponsors

APi Group

Bellisio Foods

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Faegre Baker Daniels

McGough Construction



Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsors

JoAnne and David Alkire

Allina Health

Jackie Boucher

Ann and Joseph Dearani, M.D.

Jeff and Brynn Evanson

Susan Gebelein and Richard Holcomb

Penny and Bill George, George Family Foundation

Jean and John Hedberg

Hogan Lovells US LLP


Laura and Joe Kiser, M.D.

Steve and Katherine Austin Mahle

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation


Palanisami & Associates, Inc.

Judy and Jim Rice

Jacqueline and Kenneth Stein, M.D.

Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney

Thomson Reuters

Vocera Communications

Waycrosse, Inc.

In-Kind Sponsors

Susan Bordson, Creative Director/Producer

Colby Red Wine

Kayd Roy Design

Nate Maydole, Cinematographer/Producer

Shapco Printing

2016 HeartLink Gala Executive Leadership Committee
Richard Anderson, Delta Air Lines

Doug Baker, Ecolab

Lydia Botham, Land O’Lakes

Mary McMahon Busch, St. Jude Medical

Richard Davis, U.S. Bank

Omar Ishrak, Medtronic

Dave MacLennan, Cargill

Geoff Martha, Medtronic

Michael O’Leary, Ernst & Young

Tolá Oyewole, Cargill

Greg Page, Cargill

Chris Policinski, Land O’Lakes

Marianne Short, UnitedHealth Group

Dannette Smith, UnitedHealth Group

Tim Welsh, McKinsey & Co