Have a Heart Benefit

April 8th, 2017
Loews Minneapolis Hotel

The 17th annual Have a Heart Benefit for Camp Odayin was presented by St. Jude Medical at the Loews Hotel on April 8, 2017. Guests celebrated our partnership with Wisconsin and our expansion to the Milwaukee/Chicago area in 2017! The benefit was themed a MN + WI Border Bash!, in support of positive life changing experiences for young people with heart disease.

The most remarkable aspect of the benefit was the amount raised to send superstar kids to camp. During the live ask alone, pledge cards, along with the St. Jude Medical match totaled $23,000! Overall, proceeds of the event broke all previous Camp Odayin fundraising records. Thank to guests, sponsors, volunteers and auction donors for helping us raise an unbelievable $92,000!!

2017 Pictures & Video

Have a Heart Album of the Mobile Photo Wall
Album by Lisa Venticinque Photography
YouTube video of the Camper Border Feud

Complimentary wine & cash bar
MN + WI beer tasting (Lift Bridge Brewery & Rush River Brewing)
Midwest-fare buffet dinner
Games & Mobile Photo Wall
Silent auction w/mobile bidding

Program hosted by KARE 11’s Rena Sarigianopoulos
Camper Border Feud
Silent auction close

Shimmy, shimmy, shake to the Best of the ’80s with Brat Pack Radio
Games & Mobile Photo Wall continues

Support Odayin Campers

In addition to the silent auction, there were a variety of fun ways to offer financial support…
Ring Toss* – $10 for four chances to win beer, wine or spirits valued from $15 to $150.
Penny Drop* – $10 for five chances to win diamond earrings from Perkins Diamonds valued over $1,000.
Heads or Tails* – $10 to play for a chance to win a $500 VISA gift card.
During the program, there was an opportunity to send a camper to camp during a live ask.
*Due to MN State gambling laws, these opportunities to give were cash only.


Loews Hotel Minneapolis
601 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

2017 Have a Heart Benefit Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor – $15,000
St. Jude Medical

Director Sponsors – $3,000

  • The Armitage Family Fund
  • Boston Scientific
  • The Children’s Heart Clinic
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics
  • David Roen
  • Edward Karon
  • Mayo Clinic Pediatric Cardiology
  • Medtronic Foundation
  • Morrie’s Automotive
  • New Horizon Academy
  • North American Banking, Co.
  • Surmodics
  • University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Nurse Sponsors – $2,000

  • Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Counselor Sponsors – $1,000

  • Cassie & Joe Stangler – Legacy Unlimited
  • Jay Ettinger – Ettinger Realty
  • Ron & Phyllis Ettinger

Camper Sponsors – $500

  • Bob and Shannon Day
  • Bruce & Jane Erickson
  • Children’s Country Day School
  • Cintas
  • Commercial Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • Flaunt This
  • FORT Group
  • Kevnik Mortgage Team
  • Matt and Kate Graham
  • Mike and Celeste Knoff
  • The Webb Group-ReMax Results

Sponsorship Benefits:
As a sponsor, we will link to and “like” your business via social media for exposure to our 2,700+ Facebook and Instagram fans, give recognition on the Camp Odayin website, present your logo electronically and on print materials at the event, and consider other promotional opportunities per your suggestion.
Director level $3,000 (includes 10 tickets)
Nurse level $2,000 (includes 6 tickets)
Counselor level $1,000 (includes 4 tickets)
Camper level $500 (includes 2 tickets)

Sponsor and Silent Auction Donation Opportunities

Please contact us if you have questions regarding 2018 Have a Heart sponsorship or donation.