Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Lifeworks Annual Celebration?

The Lifeworks Annual Celebration is a yearly fundraising and recognition event that honors the accomplishments of people with disabilities and the individuals and businesses that support them.

The 2018 event is presented by Atomic Data, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Horton Holding, and will include a cocktail reception, silent art auction, and formal dinner headlined by the presentation of the Lifeworks Annual Awards and a live auction.

What are the Lifeworks Annual Awards?

With categories including Employer of the Year, Personal Achievement, Staff Excellence, and Volunteer 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.

When is the 2018 Lifeworks Annual Celebration?

The 2018 Lifeworks Annual Celebration will take place on Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Where will the 2018 Lifeworks Annual Celebration take place?

The 2018 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 underground ramp accessible from Fifth Avenue South. You must pre-pay $7 for on-site parking. The parking fee can be paid with cash or credit card.

Please note: We are expecting approximately 1,000 guests, so 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. Lifeworks can provide no guarantee of parking availability or cost:

Portland Avenue Ramp

220 Portland Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55415



500 South 3rd Street

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Jerry Haaf Memorial Ramp

424 4th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Imperial Lot

240 Park Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Gateway Ramp

400 South 3rd Street

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Find more information about parking on Parkopedia.

Light Rail Directions to the Depot

Plan your trip by visiting the Metro Transit website.

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

What is the Event Schedule?

4:30 p.m. – Guest Check-In Opens

5-6 p.m. – Pre-Event Reception (Silent Art Auction & Cash Bar)

6 p.m. – Dinner

6:30 p.m. – Welcome

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

When should I arrive at the event?

Our cocktail reception and silent art auction begin at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 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 2018 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 as 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 will not be accepting cash directly. In order to purchase an alcoholic drink, you must visit a ticket booth located near the bar to pay for drink tickets to present to the bartender.

Pricing Information:


Premium – $8 per bottle

Domestic – $8 per bottle

Wine by the Glass

$8 each

Wine by the Bottle

$27-$45 each


$12 each

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

How Can I Make a Donation at the Event?

Ask event volunteers for a secure giving envelope.

If you prefer that we follow up with you for payment over the phone or via invoice, give a volunteer your bid number and Lifeworks will contact you.

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 check or credit card.

How Can I Pay for Auction Items?

You can pay for auction items with a check or credit card by visiting our checkout station following the conclusion of the event.




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