Have a Heart Benefit

Apr 20, 2024 in Minneapolis, MN at Minneapolis Event Centers

The 22nd Have a Heart Benefit was presented by White Bear Mitsubishi and Volkswagen of Inver Grove on April 1st, 2023. The benefit was a heartwarming evening filled with campy fun to celebrate our campers, their incredible resilience, and the vital connections Camp Odayin provides. This year, Odayin hosted the benefit at the beautiful Minneapolis Event Centers.

There was a NEW SPIN on the event this year! Choose your own adventure: simply soak up the playful atmosphere or take a spin around “camp” engaging in games and activities along the way…

  • Venture into the woods to play Hammer-Schlagen
  • Jump into a wind chamber and try to avoid the Health Center
  • Try your hand at Arts & Crafts
  • Cast a line and go minnow racing
  • Gallop over to the stables and hop on a “horse”


6-8pm: Gourmet mac & cheese, stir fry, and s’mores food stations. Complementary Colby Red Wine and a beer tasting provided by Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co. Silent auction and photo booth. Campy adventure activities. Live music from Russ Parrish.

8pm: Heads or Tails game, followed by a program co-emceed by camper Rose and Rena Sarigianopoulos from KARE 11.

8:30-10pm: The adventure continues with more games, live music, and fun memory-making!

What to Wear

Typical dress at the Have a Heart Benefit is cocktail attire.


Minneapolis Event Centers
212 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Street Parking: Any available spaces. Surrounding streets are metered until 10pm. ($1/hour) Approach on the Street Level and enter through the West Entrance to Riverside. Take the stairs down to The View.

Ramp Parking: Available in the parking ramp at 201 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 ($7.50 for up to 12 hours)

Underground Route & Wheelchair Accessibility: Take the parking ramp elevator to the tunnel and follow signs to the MEC elevator. The View is on Level 2, to the right when you exit.

Thank you to our sponsors! 
Presenting sponsors: VW of Inver Grove & White Bear Mitsubishi
Benefit sponsors: AON, Children's Country Day, Fang Consulting, Grow Pediatrics, Masonic Children's / M Health, John & Karen Meslow, Parents for Heart, US BANK, Bituminous Roadways, Ron & Phyllis Ettinger, Fredrikson & Byron, Inspire Medical, Jay Ettinger Group - Edina Realty, Trusty Storage, LLC, Edwards Lifesciences, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Boston Scientific, Children's MN / Children's Heart Clinic, Mayo Clinic Pediatric Cardiologists, Medtronic, Morrie's, New Horizon Academy, American Heart Association, Bergan KDV

Please email info@campodayin.org or call 651.351.9185 if you have questions regarding the Have a Heart Benefit, auction donation, or sponsorship.

2023 Photos

View photos from the 2023 Have a Heart Benefit!


Minneapolis, MN at Minneapolis Event Centers
212 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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