Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Lifeworks Annual Celebration?

The Lifeworks Annual Celebration is both a fundraising gala and a celebration of people working together for the inclusion of people with disabilities. Headlined by the Lifeworks Annual Awards, the event features stories about the positive impact we see in the community when people with disabilities are represented where we live and work.

The 2019 event is presented by Atomic Data, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Carlson Partners, and Horton and will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, and formal dinner headlined by the presentation of the Lifeworks Annual Awards. The event will also include a giving opportunity, a live auction, and a performance by the Lifeworks Rock of Ages band.

What are the Lifeworks Annual Awards?

With categories including: Employer of the Year, Personal Achievement, Staff Excellence, and Advocate of the Year, the Lifeworks Annual Awards are presented each year at the Lifeworks Annual Celebration.

Award recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee from nominations submitted each fall.

This year, more than 80 different people and companies were nominated for an award. Lifeworks received over 140 nominations from family members, friends, employers, coworkers, and people in the community.

When is the 2019 Lifeworks Annual Celebration?

The 2019 Lifeworks Annual Celebration will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where will the 2019 Lifeworks Annual Celebration take place?

The 2019 Lifeworks Annual Celebration will take place at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis.

The Depot
225 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Where should I park?

On-Site Parking

The Depot has both a surface lot and an underground ramp accessible from Fifth Avenue South. You must pre-pay $8 for on-site parking. The parking fee can be paid with cash or credit card.

Please note: 

We expect approximately 1,000 guests to attend the Lifeworks Annual Celebration.

A Big Brothers Big Sisters event is also taking place at The Depot on April 25, 2019. Their program begins at 5:30 p.m. This additional event means that onsite parking may be limited. Please have an alternative parking option in mind should the on-site parking facilities be full when you arrive.

Alternative Parking Options

In the event that parking is unavailable at The Depot, you may find parking at one of the following locations:

Portland Avenue Ramp

220 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

3 minute walk to The Depot

Gateway Ramp – InterPark LLC

400 South 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

5 minute walk to The Depot

Allied – Transpark

500 South 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415 

5 minute walk to The Depot

Imperial Lot – SP Plus Corporation

240 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 

6 minute walk to The Depot

Jerry Haaf Memorial Ramp – MPLS Parking System

424 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

 7 minute walk to The Depot

Mill Quarter Municipal Ramp – MPLS Parking System

711 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

9 minute walk to The Depot

Find more information about parking on Parkopedia.

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.

What is the Event Schedule?

4:00 p.m. – Guest Check-In Opens

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Pre-Event Reception & Silent Art Auction

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

6:30 p.m. – Welcome

7:00 p.m. – Annual Award Presentation, Giving Opportunity, Live Auction, Closing Remarks, & Performance by Rock of Ages

When should I arrive at the event?

Our reception and silent art auction begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner following at 6:00 p.m. We’re expecting approximately 1,000 guests, so arriving early is encouraged!

Do I need a ticket to enter the event?

No tickets are necessary to enter the event. When you arrive, follow the signs to the registration table.

How many people do you expect to attend?

We expect approximately 1,000 guests to attend the 2019 Lifeworks Annual Celebration.

What is the Suggested Attire?

Business formal attire is suggested. If you’d like to get an idea of what to expect, take a look at some event photos from last year.

What is the dinner menu?

The formal dinner begins with a mixed greens salad with zucchini, yellow squash, and tomato garnish with your choice of ranch or balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The main course consists of a duet of short rib with sauce Milanese paired with herb-roasted chicken with roast jus lie, piped mashed potatoes, green beans, and julienne carrots. Dessert is a choice of chocolate mousse cake or raspberry mousse cake. Coffee, tea, and water will be served.

The vegetarian option is quinoa truffle ragout with green beans and julienne carrots. Special requests are accepted for any dietary needs; however, these options require advance notice. If you have not already notified us of your request, please do so as soon as possible by sending a message to

Will alcoholic drinks be available for purchase?

Yes, alcoholic drinks will be served at a cash bar in the reception hall. Bottles of wine are also available to purchase from your server at dinner or before dinner in the registration room.

Please note that the bartenders in the reception hall cannot accept cash directly. In order to purchase a drink, you must visit a ticket booth located near the bar to pay for drink tickets, which can then be presented to the bartender. (This is The Depot policy, not Lifeworks.)

Pricing Information:

Premium Beer  – $8 per bottle

Domestic Beer – $8 per bottle

Wine by the glass – $8 each

Wine by the bottle – $27 to $45 each

Cocktails – $12 each

Soft drinks and bottled water are also available for $4 each.

How can I make a donation at the event?

There are two ways to make a donation at the event.

1.        Ask event volunteers for a secure giving envelope and return the envelope to the volunteer after completion.

2.       As you leave the event, you are welcome to stop at our checkout station where our volunteer staff will help you make your gift via cash, check, or credit card. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.

How can I pay for auction items?

You can pay for auction items via cash, check or credit card by visiting our checkout station following the conclusion of the event. Present your copy of the bid receipt and our volunteer staff will help you with your items.





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