First Annual Super Ball: The Power of The Huddle Takes Place on Dec. 16
(Minnetonka) – What would you do if you had a big party get canceled at the last minute and you knew you were going to lose the money you had put down on the venue? Jody Peterson Lodge of Excelsior decided to “turn lemons into lemonade.”

“I didn't feel like throwing a party with the paid venue, but if it came down to it, I would've held a client appreciation holiday party versus just eating the $14,000,” she said. But, thanks to the persistent urging of her business partner, Karen Danielson at Refresh Equity Solutions, a real estate & design company, five days prior to the cancellation date at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka, she sent out an e-mail to a few friends to try to sell the event at a major discount.

On a whim, Peterson Lodge added Nancy Chakrin's name to the short list of e-mail recipients. Chakrin, who lives in Minnetonka, is the co-founder of BreathLogic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing global Breath Literacy.

“I knew Nancy from The Marsh and knew she was well-tied to the world of non-profits, artists and all-things-good so I decided it couldn't hurt,” said Peterson Lodge. “I offered the venue at half price as an ‘incredible opportunity’ for some nonprofit to maybe put on a holiday fundraising party, or as a last-minute wedding venue.”

Impressed by the idea, Chakrin reached out to more than 450 Twin Cities members of Women Helping Women (WHW), a free help-line she created and facilitates. She also contacted Deborah Yungner, CEO/Founder of ERBUS Inc., and VP of Business Development for CoCreateX, an organization dedicated to creating an innovative environment and diverse network to lower the hurdles for innovators so their success may inspire others. CoCreateX taps the power of communities to help people achieve their creative dreams through helping each other and saying thank you. Whether just starting an adventure that leads to a new product or a venture that needs support and advice, they are there to help the people they work with grow!

Yungner then contacted Lori Myren-Manbeck, Founder of Inclusivi-tee, P.B.C., Inc., a subscription-based t-shirt company dedicated to creating beautiful wearable art and promoting social and environmental justice. “One of our missions at Inclusivi-tee is helping nonprofits raise funds and awareness, so I see being on this committee as part of my job as CEO,” said Myren-Manbeck, who is co-chairing the host committee with Yungner.

“The First Annual Super Ball: The Power of The Huddle” will be held at The Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, located at 5801 Opus Parkway in Minnetonka, on Sat., Dec. 16 from 5:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

“It is going to be a lavish affair of fun, food and giving,” said Yungner. Other members of the host committee include Chakrin; Peterson Lodge and her business partner at Refresh Equity Solutions, Karen Danielson; and Lesley Chester of House of Charity, an organization that helps struggling individuals meet their basic human needs of food and shelter while reducing barriers to their long-term self-sufficiency.

“The women involved in this event care about social justice and actively work in their lives to make the world a better place. The very coming together of this event demonstrates how people can step forward and make a difference, even if the time-line feels daunting,” said Myren-Manbeck. 

Tickets to the event, which is open to the public and being emceed by Summer Sasarita, a local comedian, will feature a silent auction, live auction, musical entertainment, food and more. Tickets are available for purchase online at The ticket price of $125.00 allows guests to attend the gala and the incredible afterparty.

The event will get underway around 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. In addition, artist Stephanie Acosta will begin an abstract piece of art that will be worked on throughout the night and then auctioned off during the live auction at the gala.

During the cocktail hour, party goers will also enjoy the smooth sounds of A Couple of Misfits. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The menu includes filet mignon, Moroccan roasted chicken and a vegan selection of quinoa & grilled vegetables. A champagne toast, salad and dessert are included. The live auction is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

While guests are eating, they will be treated to a ballroom dance performance by Eli and Rebecca Ramirez from Costa Rica Ballroom. The dinner entertainment also includes a reading by award-winning Minneapolis poet Chavonn Shen.

There will also be an awards ceremony during the event where the “Star of the North” award will honor the Hennepin Healthcare System Inc., which operates Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), CEO Jon L. Pryor, M.D., M.B.A., and Hennepin Health Foundation (HHF), President Ford W. Bell, D.V.M.

Yungner states, “I couldn’t think of two more deserving organizations that work so well together and complement one another to receive the Star of The North award that we could all look up to and learn from! The commitment, hard work and dedication of creating, sustaining and growing a culture of innovative, quality healthcare and the quality of care that everyone can have access to no matter their financial situation is truly remarkable and outstanding!”

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., operates HCMC/HHF and partners with the community, patients and their families to ensure access to outstanding care for everyone, while improving health and wellness through teaching, patient and community education, and research.  HCMC is Minnesota's premier Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center with many nationally recognized programs and specialties. Hennepin Health Foundation exists to connect the generosity of the community to the mission of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. HHF is a not-for-profit both in organizational form and in spirit as HHF is dedicated to caring for all people and enriching the health of our Minnesota communities.

The “Rising Star” award honors WeARE, Advocates for Reproductive Education and Becky Twamley, R.Ph., MPS, Executive Director. WeARE was founded in 2015 with the mission to provide and promote reproductive health education and services for youth, young adults, and those underserved in the Brainerd Lakes Community.

After the awards ceremony, the event will wrap up and the after party will begin. Tickets for the after party are $25.00. The entertainment during the first hour of the afterparty, which begins at 10 p.m., will feature a performance by Tim Mahoney, who was on the first season of NBC’s hit show The Voice. The Emily Marrs Band, a classic rock band offering a unique spin on various favorites, will perform from 11 p.m. until the event ends around 1 a.m. A delicious fresh buffet of party food will be served and a raffle will be held.

Several program activities being offered at the event, including music, entertainment and auction items, are being generously donated. After all general expenses and operating costs associated with the event are recovered, the remaining funds will be divided amongst the benefitting charities: Invent Minnesota, Hope Rides, House of Charity, Girls in Action and BreathLogic. 

Hennepin County Medical Center, Hennepin Health Foundation and WeARE honorees will be honored with a “fund a seed honoraria” to help grow and multiply more dollars to support a community project or initiative. Honorees will also be receiving a one-of-a-kind handcrafted award designed by artist Raymond Caron of Clay Panther Ceramics.

Invent Minnesota promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by connecting schools with businesses to create real inventions and drive economic growth. Hope Rides provides a safe, nurturing, healthy experience for at risk, displaced, disadvantaged youth, veteran men and women and individuals seeking growth and healing using horses and ranch related life to teach valuable life lessons. Girls in Action motivates, mentors, empowers, engages and educates girls to succeed in school and in life.

“It’s important to help organizations become highly visible to the community, to the state and to the country because of the important and critical work they are doing to help others succeed in their ambitions of creating stronger, healthier communities for the future,” said Yungner.

“It’s pretty amazing what a group of women can do when they huddle together,” said Chakrin.

“Isn't it magical how sometimes the stars do align, and the world serves up lemonade?” asks Peterson Lodge.

“I have never helped out at an event like this before but feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in such an amazing adventure,” said Myren-Manbeck, who is estimating the event will raise somewhere around $50,000 to be shared by the charities.

For additional information about the event, or to purchase tickets, go to