Annual Dinner

Usually held in early November, the VHEDC Annual Dinner is the culmination of a year’s worth of collaboration, hard work and connecting with area businesses to help create a brighter future. 

The evening features a full dinner, keynote speaker and elaborate silent auction.  Another key aspect of this memorable evening is the presentation of the coveted Business of the Year Awards.  This annual honor is bestowed on area businesses who have shown a singular degree of excellence in the areas of business success, philanthropy and community spirit.

2013 Annual Dinner

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Social hour: 5:30pm

Dinner: 6:30pm

Jimmy's Conference Center, 3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights, MN

This event is open to the public. Individual reservations are $60.00.  Table sponsors are $450 for a party of eight.  Checks should be made payable to VHEDC.

Music will be provided.

Speakers - Julie Kramer & Joe Kimball

About Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer is moving from journalist to novelist. She writes a mystery series set in the desperate world of television news—a world she knows well from her career working as a freelance news producer for NBC and CBS, as well as running the WCCO-TV I-Team in Minneapolis, where she won numerous national investigative awards.

Her thrillers, STALKING SUSAN, MISSING MARK, SILENCING SAM, KILLING KATE, SHUNNING SARAH and DELIVERING DEATH, take readers inside how newsrooms make decisions amid chaos. She's won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, Minnesota Book Award and the RT Book Review's Best First Mystery. She has also been a finalist for the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Mary Higgins Clark, and RT Best Amateur Sleuth Awards.

Julie grew up along the Minnesota-Iowa state line, fourth generation of a family who raised cattle and farmed corn for 130 years. Her favorite childhood days were spent waiting for the bookmobile to bring her another Phyllis A. Whitney novel. An avid reader, she tired of fictional TV reporters always being portrayed as obnoxious secondary characters who could be killed off whenever the plot started dragging, so her series features reporter Riley Spartz as heroine.

Julie lives with her family in White Bear Lake, MN.

About Joe Kimball

Joe Kimball, formerly of the Star Tribune, reports on state politics and St. Paul City Hall. He's also the author of "Secrets of the Congdon Mansion," the bestselling chronicle of the historic Congdon murders in Duluth. (He was in Duluth the day it happened — but has a good alibi — and has covered the trials and ongoing tales of bigamy, arson, prison and suicide ever since.) Kimball lives in White Bear Lake with his wife, a mystery novelist and network television producer. They have two married daughters, two sons attending Notre Dame and two grandchildren.

Business of the Year Awards

Silent Auction

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