Open Arms of Minnesota

Moveable Feast 2024: What To Know Before You Go

Attending Moveable Feast? Here's What yOU Need to Know

We can’t wait to welcome all of our Nouveau Bohemian guests to the 20th Annual Moveable Feast – Paris Est Une Fete! Held at the Minneapolis Event Centers (MEC) on Thursday, May 16 from 5-10 p.m., Open Arms’ largest annual event – and the Twin Cities most unique fundraising gala – will generate much needed funds to help us nourish our critically ill neighbors with medically tailored meals.  

We’re thrilled you’ll be joining us to celebrate our collective achievements as a community. The festivities kick off at MEC and continue as you and your group are chauffeured by limo to one of our partner restaurants for an unforgettable evening! 

Event Details
Timeline 
5:00 p.m. |
 Doors open; cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, bid on the unique silent auction packages, purchase a raffle ticket, and play games of chance and skill! Come early – you won’t want to miss it! 
6:30 p.m. | Program, Fund-A-Need, Live Auction, Raffle Drawing
7:30 p.m. | Limos depart to dinner 
9:30 p.m. | Limos return for one last treat. Don’t forget to collect all your winnings! 

EVENT PROGRAM

Parking 
Complimentary valet parking will be available on-site at Minneapolis Event Centers. Please enter the valet parking area on 2nd Street SE between SE 2nd Ave and SE 3rd Ave. Upon arrival, be on the lookout for our staff and volunteers to guide you in the right direction. For those looking for self-park, you can use the St. Anthony Parking Ramp located at 201 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. 

Arrival & Check In 
Check in will begin promptly at 5 p.m. Attendees will do so at the main entrance on 2nd Street SE. Whether you are an individual attendee or a member of a group, please see our staff at the check-in table.  

Attire 
Formal fun, it’s a party! If you would like to dress in theme, early 20th century Bohemian Paris is the vibe! 

Silent Auction 
This year’s Silent Auction includes a number of exciting and unique items and packages. You will be able to do all your bidding online while you’re strolling through the event! To expedite the check-in process, we strongly encourage you to REGISTER HERE ahead of time. You will also have an opportunity to register your information when you check in at the event, but this step will expedite the check-in process when you arrive.  

Please note, you will still need to stop at the check in desk to receive your needed items and information for the evening, but you can enter your information and start bidding right now by clicking on this link, using the email to which we sent this message: 
https://one.bidpal.net/moveablefeast24/welcome 


Once on the site, please click “sign in” in the upper right corner on the welcome page to register for bidding ahead of time.  

Raffle 
Our raffle prize is an exciting trip to Paris, France! Just $125 gives you the opportunity to win a seven-night trip to Paris for two, with airfare included! You can purchase raffle tickets with a debit card at the event.  

Food & Beverage 
The bar will be open from 5-6:15 p.m. and then again following the program from 7:15 p.m. until your limo departs. As you enter MEC, it will be our pleasure to treat you to the 2024 Moveable Feast Welcome Cocktail, the French 95, and hors d’oeuvres. There are cash bars throughout the venue for the remainder of your cocktails for the evening. A maximum of 300 raffle tickets will be sold, so the odds are pretty good!

Limo Procedure 
Following the evening’s program at approximately 7:30 p.m., guests will be invited to board their respective limos in groups to head off to one of 40 restaurant locations. Please refer to your name tag for limo number and restaurant name and listen carefully for overhead announcements and refer to monitors throughout the venue regarding limo departures. We will do our best to keep our limo departure times on track, so thank you for your patience ahead of time.  

At The Restaurant
Please remember that the restaurant dinner is hosted by our wonderfully generous restaurant partners, but gratuity for your server is your responsibility. Your first round of beer/wine will be complimentary; additional beverages are your group’s responsibility.   

Food is a celebration. Life is a celebration. We can’t wait to celebrate the thousands of lives we have impacted as a community with the simple gesture of delivering healthy food.  

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