United Way Imagination Library Progressive Dinner

2019 United Way Progressive Dinner

10th Anniversary

United Way Imagination Library Progressive Dinner

Saturday, April 6, 2019 & Saturday, April 13, 2019

Please join us for a unique dining experience to benefit Imagination Library! Your choice of different cuisines – 10 guests per cuisine – unless noted! Tickets: $125

To register, please complete the form below or call 320.223-7995 any time after 8:00 a.m. on February 8.


To celebrate this event’s 10th anniversary, we will be auctioning off a unique, one-of-a-kind chair at each of the reception homes!  You can view each of the chairs at our Chair Sponsor locations: North Benton Dental Care, Paramount Center for the Arts and Schneider Orthodontics.

Silent Auction Instructions

1. visit this site:  https://www.32auctions.com/dinnerchairs and select ‘View All Items’ to see each of the chairs

2. if you would like to place a bid, just ‘create an account’

3. select the chair(s)* you would like to place a bid on and select your amount

* Each chair comes with a Coat of Many Colors book signed by Dolly Parton herself!

Note:  bidding is taking place now and will end at 10:00 p.m. on April 13 for all chairs and books.  Need not be present to win.  United Way will deliver the chairs and books to the winning bidders!


Please text DINNER to 85511 to make a gift to United Way’s Imagination Library program

April 6, 2019


Curry Cravings – Discover a mix of traditional Indian cuisine and aromatic spices. (SOLD OUT) (Gluten and Dairy)

Dinner and a ShowA dinner stacked with entertainment that will keep you in your chair, let your palette devour this SEW delicious cuisine!  (SOLD OUT)

Masquerade Ball Let your tastebuds unmask a dinner prepared by students from the award winning Sauk Rapids-Rice ProStart Culinary program. (SOLD OUT) (Fish and Dairy)

Ferdinand’s Feast – La Corrida de Sabores No time for bull (fighting), all braun aside, join us for the Running of the Flavors, a meal that will have you smelling the flowers while enjoying the beauty and comfort of Spanish cuisine. (SOLD OUT) (Seafood, Nuts and Gluten)

Reading Railroad Take a ride on reading railroad. Backtrack to the golden age of train travel. (SOLD OUT) (Dairy and Gluten)

You had me at Aloha Don your aloha shirt or island dress and leave the mainland behind for this vegetarian Hawaiian adventure. (SOLD OUT)

The King and Thai Get a sweet, salty, spicy surprise when you try these uniquely Thai delights. (SOLD OUT) (Seafood and Nuts)

That’s Amore – You will love this interactive culinary experience from the kitchens of Milan. (SOLD OUT) (Nuts, Dairy and Gluten)

Down on the Bayou Join us for a Cochon de Lait and experience the flavors of the Bayou. (SOLD OUT)

Roll into Spring – Your tastebuds will spring as you participate in cooking a traditional family-style Vietnamese meal.(SOLD OUT) (Seafood and Nuts)


April 13, 2019


Asian Infusion Infuse your tastebuds with the flavors of the subcontinent as you dine on traditional home cooked dishes. (SOLD OUT) (Nut)

Cuisine Royale – No need to play roulette with your palette, this steak and lobster dinner will be a sure bet! (2 tickets remaining) (Seafood)

Banquete de España – melding the heritage and foods of Spanish culture. ¡Buen provecho! (SOLD OUT) (Seafood and Nuts)

All That Jazz! – A festival of flavors that’s sure to be the cat’s meow. (SOLD OUT)

Gathering Friends – Gathering our friends for a delectable cuisine with some of our family’s favorite dishes.  (JUST OPENED – 4 tickets remaining) (Seafood)



NEW CUISINE:  A Taste of Italy – Travel over the Alps through the canals of Venice to the ruins of Rome. (SOLD OUT)

Beads on Bourbon Street – Join us in a feast from Dixie — dress to impress for this celebration of foods and flavors from New Orleans. (SOLD OUT) (Seafood and Nut)

Bon Appétit Experience an evening of sophistication while dining on delicieuse haute cuisine. (SOLD OUT) (Seafood and Dairy)

Alice in Wonderland – Don your favorite tea party costume as we travel through the looking glass. (SOLD OUT)

Tandoori Temptations A chance to indulge the delicacy of spices and unique flavors. (SOLD OUT)

I Love Lucy Join Lucy on her cruise to Havana. (SOLD OUT) (Dairy)

New Delhi Delight Ignite your taste buds as you savor the flavors of New Dehli.  (SOLD OUT)

Escape to Neverland Follow the ʺsecond star to the right and straight on till morningʺ.  Join the boy who wouldn’t grow up in a magical meal. (SOLD OUT)

Country French – Sophisticated, elegant dinner on the French countryside. (SOLD OUT)

Wunderbar! Guten Abend! Willkommen heissen Abendessen. Let your mouth visit Frankfurt in this am appetitlichsten dining experience. (SOLD OUT)


United Way Imagination Library Progressive Dinner Registration

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A United Way staff member will call you within two business days of your registration to confirm your cuisine choice.

If payment is not received within four business days from your confirmation phone call, the tickets will be released.

$125/person includes four course dinner, beverages and pre/post receptions.

Premier Sponsor:

  • Premier Real Estate Services

Event Sponsors:

  • Alliance Building Corporation
  • College of St. Benedict, Dr. Mary Dana Hinton and Robert Williams
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Granite Equity Partners
  • Jason and Debbie Erickson
  • John and Nancy Bartlett
  • Paul and Joanne Dorsher
  • Marco, Inc.
  • Mike Schlough and Becky Bastien
  • Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.
  • St. Cloud Ear, Nose & Throat, Brian and Eileen Dauer

Corporate Sponsors:

  • BankVista
  • Chip and Bill Martin-Chaffee
  • D.J. Bitzan Jewelers, Dick, Mimi and Erin Bitzan
  • Kwik Trip

Supporting Sponsors:

  • Bill and LuAnn Popp, Coldwell Banker Burnet
  • Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union
  • Gary and Barb Strandemo
  • North Benton Dental Care (Chair Sponsor)
  • Paramount Center for the Arts (Chair Sponsor)
  • Schneider Orthodontics (Chair Sponsor)
  • Wilcox Family Dentistry

Choose your cuisine early with reserved seating as an Event Sponsor at the $2,500 level and above. Sponsorships are available from $500. If you are interested, please contact Lori.


Local chefs will prepare appetizers, soup and salad, main entrée and desserts. You will travel to different homes in the area to dine and visit with others who have selected the same cuisine. 10 – 14 guests per cuisine.

Your evening will begin at a reception home with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and socializing with a larger group. Then you and the other guest in your cuisine will progress to your first course and main course homes where you will enjoy a meal prepared by volunteer and gourmet chefs. You will finish the evening at the reception home for a wonderful array of desserts and beverages.

Proceeds benefit the Imagination Library program of United Way of Central Minnesota which provides a free book each month to children in Central Minnesota from birth to their fifth birthday. Last year more than 7,500 children received books.