LEAP

LEAP 2017 Recap

The Division of Indian Work (DIW)  is basking in the glow of a wonderful evening of giving and sharing at our LEAP benefit on February 27.  Over three hundred people enjoyed the food and drink, visited with old friends...and made new connections... while enjoying the beautiful ambiance at the Metropolitan. 

Thank you to all who came, particularly our table hosts who generated enthusiasm and attendance so effectively.  Thank you to our wonderful performers: Maria Jette, Dan Chouinard and Jearlyn Steele who donated their incredible talent.   We are enormously grateful to our sponsors whose funding more than covered our expenses, ensuring that every penny raised at LEAP went directly to Horizons Unlimited, the food shelf at DIW.  

We are delighted to tell you that we raised nearly $60,000!   The upshot?  Horizons Unlimited will now be open four days a week, will be able to order another $1,000 of food each month, and can provide holiday baskets for more clients. 

We're already making plans for next year's benefit!  Save the date: February 26, 2018!  If you're interested in serving on our committee or volunteering at the event, or if you have an auction item you think we could use, please contact Ardie Medina at amedina@diw-mn.org  

Thank you!  Miigwech!  Pidamiyaye! See you at LEAP 2018! 

- The LEAP Fundraiser Committee

 

Dan Chouinard

LEAP Performer SpotlightDan Chouinard 


For three decades Dan Chouinard has been pianist and accordionist of choice for a who’s who of Twin Cities performers, an enabler of community singalongs and a writer of hit shows for public radio, concert hall and theatrical stage.

The list of regular Twin Cities colleagues includes Maria Jette, Prudence Johnson, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Kling, Ann Reed, the Rose Ensemble and Philip Brunelle and Vocalessence. He’s appeared all across the upper Midwest and turned up often on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

As a writer and host he’s often asked to create special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, the MN Historical Society, the Rose Ensemble and others. His show Civil War Homecoming played at the Fitzgerald Theater in April 2015, was broadcast statewide on MPR and continues to be shown on Twin Cities Public Television. His stage musical Steerage Song toured throughout Minnesota in 2013, a show co-authored with Peter Rothstein about the Ellis Island era of immigration to the US, as portrayed in folk songs, newspaper clippings and Tin Pan Alley tunes. In 2014 his show Cafe Europa, about bicycling with an accordion from Naples to Normandy in search of Minnesota WWII stories, was broadcast and televised statewide.

Source: www.danchouinard.com


Jearlyn Steele

LEAP Performer Spotlight Jearlyn Steele


Join us February 27th for an evening of fundraising for DIW's Horizons Unlimited FoodShelf, including live performances from local talent such as Jearlyn Steele.

A native of Indiana, Jearlyn relocated to Minnesota and after much encouragement, she ventured out singing in churches, community centers and nightclubs. This eventually led her to theater where she has performed at such venues as Penumbra Theater of St. Paul, the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, The Historical State Theater in downtown Minneapolis, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, and the world renowned Guthrie Theater. Over a decade ago, Jearlyn, along with her siblings, “The Steeles”, began a successful run of the pop/gospel musical “Gospel At Colonus” which made its way to Carnegie Hall.

After Colonus, Jearlyn could be found in the studio recording national and local commercials for companies such as Kohler, H&R Block, Slumberland, Aveda, Target and many more. Her voice can be heard on various CD’s for national artists like George Clinton, Mavis Staples and Prince, with whom she has toured and recorded a duet, entitled “Race”. She has been a frequent guest on the prestigious A Prairie Home Companion radio show and can be seen in the final Robert Altman film, “A Prairie Home Companion” starring Meryl Streep as well as the Ray Romano movie, “95 Miles To Go”.  Among her honors are; Newsmaker of the Year 1998 by the MN Women’s Press, The William (Billy) Griffin Award by the Hallie Q. Brown Center, Beautiful Strong Woman 2002, Honorary Member of the Gustavus Library Association, and the CBS Radio General Manager’s Achievement Award 2006.

As of May 2009, Jearlyn has returned to college majoring in Organizational Management and Leadership at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  A mother of two, she has branched out to become more involved in creating ways to affect women and children’s lives through music and public speaking.  She has served on boards for the Ordway Circle of Stars and Chrysalis, a center for women.

Source: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/personality/jearlyn-steele/


Bradley Greenwald

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Join us February 27th for an evening of fundraising for DIW's Horizons Unlimited FoodShelf, including live performances from local talent such as Bradley Greenwald. 

Bradley has performed opera, theater, music-theater, cabaret, concert and recital repertoire with several Twin Cities’ arts organizations, including Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Jungle Theater, Children's Theatre Company, Theater Latté Da, Frank Theatre, Open Eye Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Nautilus Music-Theater, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, VocalEssence, Minnesota Orchestra, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, A Prairie Home Companion, 10,000 Things, Skylark Opera and Ballet of the Dolls. He adapted the novel A Wrinkle in Time into a libretto for Libby Larsen's opera; and wrote the book and lyrics for C., an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, Robert Elhai, music.

Bradley is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in music, the McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists, and a 2006 Ivey Award.

Source: http://minnesotaplaylist.com/talent/bradley-greenwald


Maria Jette

Join us February 27 at the Metropolitan Club for LEAP Into the Fight Against Hunger featuring performances from local and nationally recognized artists, including singer Maria Jette. 

Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad. Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and more. 

A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals, the Maverick Chamber Series and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she’s often heard nationally on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. For more information please visit www.mariajette.com

Source: http://msomn.org/maria-jette-soprano