Frequently Asked
Questions

General Information

The 2022 Lifeworks Annual Celebration will be a hybrid event – held both at The Depot (in person) and online for those who prefer to watch at home. For attendees both in person and online, there will be hosts to guide you through the incredible work that Lifeworks provides to our community – and the amazing people that make it happen. All attendees will be invited to bid in our Silent Art Auction as well.

Parking is available at The Depot (225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN  55401), and includes an underground option. There is a fee for parking ($15 for the evening). In addition, there are other surface lots and ramps that are within a few blocks of The Depot.

Find more information about parking on https://mplsparking.com

Lifeworks cannot guarantee parking availability or cost. 

Light Rail Directions to the Depot 

Plan your trip by visiting the Metro Transit website. 

Exit at the Government Plaza Station on South Fifth Street and go right on Third Avenue South three blocks north to South Washington Avenue. 

Attendees at The Depot may choose to wear business attire or, if you’re excited about the event, feel free to dress up a little! Those attending online? You will not be on camera, so wear those comfy clothes!

Yes. There will be a complimentary coat check at The Depot.

At The Depot on April 14, tablets will be available for your use at your dinner table.

You may also use your phone. On the Auction Harmony website , login, and then click the “Make a Donation” button to make your gift.  Simply select the amount that you would like to donate and answer the questions on the next screen. Click “make donation” to finalize your contribution.

Use one of the secure giving envelopes on your table and return the envelope to a volunteer after completion of the event. Volunteers will be in the hall tonight and will be guiding you as you exit the event.

Stop at the Checkout Table where our staff can help you make your gift via cash, check, credit card, stock, or make other arrangements We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Donations are also always accepted at lifeworks.org/donate.

Pre-Event:
For the Silent Art Auction, an email will be sent to all attendees in early April from our partner, Auction Harmony, with detailed instructions on viewing the items and making your bids. Using the link on the email you received from Auction Harmony, login to the Lifeworks Annual Celebration webpage, navigate to the “Auction” button where you are able to view all of the art and make your bid. If you’re outbid on an item, you will be notified via email and text which will allow you to bid again if you’d like.

At Event:
After checking in, go to the Mobile Bidding table and staff will get you set up to do mobile bidding on your phone- very easy!

When the Live Auction begins, you can wave your bid number card located on your dinner table to make a bid. If you win an auction item, a staff person will come to your table and explain next steps to pay for and redeem your auction purchase.

At event check-in, you’ll be asked if you would like to put your credit card on file for auction bidding and donation purposes. You will need to finalize your purchase(s) by clicking the “checkout” button after the silent art auction closes (or whenever you’ve made your donation and are not bidding on an auction item). There, you’ll see your total, including any auction items you may have won and your donation. Once you complete your purchase, you’ll be emailed a receipt. All credit cards will be billed by “Auction Harmony”.

Yes, there will be a cash bar, and something new for those who’ve attended before- there will no longer be drink tickets needed to purchase beverages! 

Cordials, Martinis & Specialty Drinks are $18.00/each
Beer and Wine are $12.00/each
Pepsi Soft Drinks are $6.00/each
Fiji Bottled Water is $6.00/each

Please note that the event bar will close at 8pm; however the Milwaukee Road Bar in the hotel will be open until midnight, with bar food service closing at 9pm.

Yes, you can. There will be a table set up in the reception area for bottle sales, to be delivered to your table during the event. 

Note: All menu selections are Gluten-Free with the exception of the Salted caramel panna cotta

Salad:
Farmers Market Salad with corn, beans, radishes, heirloom tomatoes and green goddess dressing

Entrees:
Rosemary Chicken with balsamic grilled peaches, green beans and mashed potatoes
Portabella Napoleon with Bushel Boy tomatoes, roasted garlic Yukon potatoes, arugula, and vegan ricotta with broccolini

Desserts:

Chocolate pot de crème
Salted caramel panna cotta

This year, April 14, is one of thirty days of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Sunset on April 14 is estimated to be around 7:57 p.m. If you would like your meal brought to you after sunset at The Depot, please email giving@lifeworks.org

While children are welcome at The Depot for the Annual Celebration, please know that the program, dinner, and activities are planned with adults in mind. The event, from arrival to check-out, may run just over 3 hours.

We do not anticipate a cancellation unless circumstances are extraordinary. The online Annual Celebration will go on no matter the weather or pandemic conditions. If the Governor or the City of Minneapolis declares an emergency such that the Annual Celebration must be canceled, Lifeworks will email our attendees with a link to the online event and details about the cancellation.

COVID Information

Yes, if possible. Lifeworks respectfully requires in-person attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR COVID-19 test (within 72 hours) upon entry.

Please bring your COVID-19 Vaccine Card (provided when you received your first dose), a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccine Card on your phone, or have the Docket app on your phone with your records from the Minnesota Department of Health already loaded.

If you are not fully vaccinated by April 14, you will need to provide negative results from a PCR test (not a rapid, or Antigen test) dated within 72 hours of the event.

Masks are not required; however, Lifeworks strongly encourages wearing a mask when not eating or drinking during the in-person event.

For 2022, Lifeworks has reduced the number of persons at each table from 10 to 8 to allow for more social distancing. We hope our attendees will maintain healthy distances according to their own comfort levels during the event.

Plans for the 2022 Lifeworks Annual Celebration were made in accordance with The Depot’s COVID guidelines and restrictions, as well as any government provisions that were and are in place.

Awards Information

The Annual Awards are “on pause” as Lifeworks considers how best to celebrate the efforts and successes of our staff, our employer partners, and the people we serve. Each person and partner brings unique talents to Lifeworks, and we are assessing how best to recognize more of our friends’ achievements. If you are interested in being part of this conversation, please contact giving@lifeworks.org.

Access and Accommodations Information

If you need special accommodations, please let us know when you register (there is a place for you to enter information online). Alternatively, please call 651-365-3719 or email giving@lifeworks.org to make your requests.

CaptionMax has generously donated their services to provide captioning for the online Annual Celebration.

If you need a quiet space during the Annual Celebration at The Depot, a Quiet Room is being provided.  This space will provide guests a place to calm and focus themselves so they can later return to celebrating and interacting with others.

An ASL interpreter will be at The Depot during the in person Annual Celebration festivities and will sign during the event. Videos shown during the event will also be captioned. 

Online Attendees

You’ll be able to access the online event by clicking here.

When you reach the event website, hosted by our bidding and virtual event partner Auction Harmony, you will need to log into the site using your email address and password that you used to initially register for the event, back in February or March. If you have forgotten your password, there is a “Forgot your password?” link on this page, and you can re-set it.

You’ll find everything you need right in the platform—you can bid on silent auction items, view the program on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM, make a donation, chat with guests, and more.

We will also share the event platform page with you through reminder emails leading up to the event day.

No. To login this year, you use the email address and password that you used to initially register for the event, back in February or March.  If you have forgotten your password, there is a “Forgot your password?” link on this page, and you can re-set it.

The event video is located on the top half of the page right next to the chat dialogue box. Simply click “play” to start watching and join the Celebration! The video will move along with you as you explore the platform.

Be sure to log in on Thursday, April 14 at 6:45 p.m. for silent auction bidding and get settled for the program to start at 7:00 p.m. sharp. On the platform main page, press play on the event live stream video. If you were watching the pre-event video, you may need to press the play button again at 7:00pm.

For the Silent Auction, an email will be sent to all attendees in April with detailed instructions from our partner Auction Harmony on viewing the items and making your bids. Using the link on the email you received from Auction Harmony, login to the Lifeworks Annual Celebration webpage, navigate to the “Auction” button where you are able to view all biddable lots and make your bid. If you’re outbid on an item, you will be notified via email and text which will allow you to bid again if you’d like.

Nope. This is a one-way viewing experience. However, we encourage you to interact with Lifeworks and other attendees through the event chat and on social media using #LifeworksMNCelebration!

  • Become familiar with Auction Harmony (our event website) by logging in before the event to see the preview video, browse the silent art auction, and make a donation. To login, click here
  • Make sure you are connected to the internet.
  • For the best user experience, use the Chrome internet browser to access Auction Harmony. You can also use the Firefox internet browser.
  • Test your volume prior to the event.
  • Test your login to make sure you can enter the event. If you have forgotten your password, click the link to reset your password on the login page