FUNdraiser Event Archive

Here are FUNdraisers from 2019 and earlier to help spark ideas!

As you can see below, there's a lot of flexibility and creativity in FUNdraisers! Events span from small in-home gatherings to larger community get-togethers. And dates for gatherings can occur March-December.

2019 FUNdraisers

Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Family Dance and Dessert

Friday, March 22, 2019 6:30-8PM Barton Gym/DeLapp CommonsTicket Value $30 Pay What You Can Donation $5-$50 Unlimited Tickets Available
Hosted by: Annie Loch (parent of Cameron and Kyle), Amy Scheller , Jeff Cords, (parents of Anna and Ira), the Timmons Family (parent of Hazel), Alex Levine (parent of Lucy and Benny), and Willow Kreibich (parent of Hannah)
K/1/2 families - this FUNdraiser is just for us! We believe that if we all work together, we can raise $2,000 to support the Barton Foundation while building our Barton Community. We would love to see every K/1/2 student join in the fun. Your donation buys your WHOLE family a night dancing and dessert. Tunes will be spinning from 6:30 to 8:00. Let's rally together to show Barton that their youngest students may seem tiny, but they are mighty big when it comes to school spirit, dancing, and fundraising!

Walk Talk Tone

Thursday May 2, 2019 6:30-8:00 PM Lake Harriet (Meet at Bandshell)Ticket Value $20 Pay What You Can Donation ($5-$30) 12 Tickets Available
Hosted by: Colleen Ueland (parent of Olivia and Henry), Jodi Gruhn (parent of Elliott and Charlie)
Join Colleen Ueland (movement coach) and Jodi Miller Gruhn (Girls on the Run leader) for a fun, social, fitness experience. We will lead a brisk walk around Lake Harriet that will include intermittent stops for full body, muscle toning exercises using nature--and probably a few benches--as our fitness equipment. Along the way, Jodi will share some of the empowering insights straight out of the Girls on the Run playbook. Bring an old friend or make some new friends, as we walk and talk our way around the lake while building a deeper sense of community and new strength in our bodies.

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 4, 2019 3:30-6:30 PM (Post Time 5:50) Walz ResidenceTicket Value $20 Pay What You Can Donation $10-30 30 Tickets AvailableHosted by: Betsy and Brandon Walts, parents of Reese and Kate
Bet on Barton! Wear your best hats and most colorful ties and join us for an afternoon of Mint Juleps and horse racing.

Immerse Yourself in Healing Forests

Sunday, May 5, 2019 2-5 PM Woodlake Nature Center, RichfieldTicket Value $40 Pay What You Can Donation $15-$65 15 Adult Tickets Available
Hosted by: David Motzenbecker, parent of Fiona
I will guide you on a 3-hour immersive, meditative, and therapeutic forest walk based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. We will slow down and connect our senses with the healing, stress-reducing beauty of a little-known hidden corner of Minneapolis' green forested spaces. We will slip away from our phones and revive our relationship with the forest and ourselves via unique invitations. We will share our stories and then share a tea ceremony at which we will drink tea brewed from foraged plants. We will re-enter the tame world, renewed with the gift of nature that can be enjoyed time and again. This event is for adults only.
My name is David Motzenbecker, Barton parent of a 1st grader. I'm a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, and an award-winning landscape architect with nearly 20 years of experience. I will bring the unique perspective of a designer's eye and philosophy to each walk. I am the recipient of fellowships that have connected me with forests and cultures in the U.K. and Japan. I teach and speak on the healing power of nature. I'm funny, personable, welcoming, and kind. Guest must arrange their own transportation to Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield. If weather is dangerous, the experience will be cancelled within 24 hours. The experience is very low-impact. Restrooms are available.
What to bring: Closed-toed hiking boots/shoes Water, if desired Mosquito/Tick Repellent; Sunscreen Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing Portable Camp Stool, if desired Hiking pole, if desired.

Family Farm Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2019 1-5:00 pm Peichel Family Farm, Chaska, MN Ticket Value $30 Pay What You Can Donation $20-$40 25 Family Tickets Available
Hosted By: Marnie and Dave Peichel, parents of Neela and Ani
Get out of the city and enjoy an afternoon on the farm! We’d love to have you join us for some outdoor fun! We will have family games, hikes in the woods and plenty of room for kids to just play at our family farm in Chaska, MN (35 min. drive from Barton). Swing from the 300 year old oak tree, play bean bag toss or ladder ball on the hill, play board games in the “party barn”, dance party in the hayloft, go on hikes in the woods, look for frogs down by the creek or sit on the deck and make new Barton friends. There is fun for all ages! We will provide snacks and drinks for the afternoon. FUNdraiser address will be emailed to guests privately.

3rd Annual Peaceful Family Hike and Picnic: Featuring the Free Forest Initiative

Sunday, June 9, 2019 4-7 PM Near Barton along the King's Highway side of Rose Gardens/ArboretumTicket Value: $50 Pay What You Can Donation $35-$65 10 Family Tickets Available
Hosted by: Jerri Clark Wagner and Mark Wagner (parents of Zoe and Simon), Sarah Cooper-Evans and Nathaniel Evans (parents of Juna and Sampson), Lucy and Chris Jones (parents of Sam and Addie), Andrea Gregory (parents of Ave, Cyrus, Natalie), Tina Strong and John Thompson (parents of Ivy), Kate Guin (parent of Marina and Georgia), Karen Gudeman and Todd Winter (parent of Griffin)
Please join us for our 3rd Annual Peaceful Family Hike and Picnic. This year, we would like to feature the wonderful Free Forest School initiative that several classrooms at Barton are a part of. We hope by being in the Free Forest School space (near Barton along the King's Highway side of Rose Gardens/arboretum), more families will be inspired to encourage continued involvement at Barton. Come and hike with us at Free Forest School, play with your kids for the afternoon, and enjoy a lovely meal catered by us. We hope to have Anna Sharratt, Founder of the Free Forest School movement, join us. We may also have some special musical guests.

Bartonpalooza II

Saturday September 28, 2019 2-6PM DeLapp CommonsTicket Value: $5 Unlimited Tickets
Hosted by: Mary & Chris Scavotto (Lucia, Gia, Theo) Rosanna & Kurt Faber (parent of Camille, Cora)…Maccoy 10th Carolyn & David Ramberg (parent of Lillian)…Cass 9th, Mary & Thor Bjork (parent of Ella, Maddie) Angela & Vic Nelson (parent of Annika)…Mia 10th
This FUNdraiser is a celebration of all the performance talent we have in and around Clara Barton Open School. The stages will be open to any/all kids, parents, grandparents, Duo’s, Trios, Bands, and anyone who wants to perform! We plan to have an Open House atmosphere. For quicker set-up times we will have two stages set up in the commons. People will be free to come and go as desired. We already have a number of current students, Alumni, and parent’s committed to perform. Final plans to come but we envision an all school celebration!!

Kindred Spirits: Perfect Pairings for Popular Craft Cocktails

Saturday, November 2, 2019 7PM Muller/Randall ResidenceTicket Value $50 Pay What You Can Donation $35-$65 12 Tickets AvailableHosted by: Sarah Dodge and Rick Olson (parents of Sawyer), Mel Muller and Erik Randall (parents of Will)
Come sample four popular craft cocktails, each perfectly paired with a delicious vegetarian plate - savory to sweet. We will discuss how to compliment the flavors you love with the spirits you adore. For those interested, you can learn the basic techniques and tools for mixing a brilliant cocktail. Everyone will take home the recipes for all food and drink we will serve. Please join us to celebrate Barton with great food & spirits, as well as a music soundtrack expertly curated by Erik Randall. Cheers!Adults only. You won't want to miss sampling everything so please plan to Uber or make other arrangements for a safe ride home.FUNdraiser address will be emailed to guests privately.

Still looking for more ideas? Here's a complete list of FUNdraisers from 2013 - 2019

2019: Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Family Dance and Dessert (March)・Walk Talk Tone (May)・Kentucky Derby Party (May)・Immerse Yourself in Healing Forests (May)・Family Farm Day! (May)・3rd Annual Peaceful Family Hike and Picnic: Featuring the Free Forest Initiative (June)・Bartonpalooza II (Sept)・Kindred Spirits: Perfect Pairings for Popular Craft Cocktails (Nov)
2018: K-1-2 Family Dance and Dessert (April)・Mini Makers and Music (April)・Somali Culture Night (April)・Kentucky Derby Party (May)・Family Farm Day (May)・3rd Annual Summer Kick Off BBQ (June)・2nd Annual Peaceful Family Hike and Picnic (June)・Push It, Beat It, Whip It: Dancing Optional (June)・Like Movies for Dinner or Water for Chocolate (August)・Movie Night on the Driveway (August)・Sip, a Shrub (September)・4th Annual Oktoberfest (October)・Spirited Away:Stop Drinking Vodka and Learn to Love Other Spirits (January)・Seize the Night Cross Country Skiing (February)
2017: Rock Paper Sushi (March)・K-1-2 Family Dance (April)・Chill Out, Get Going! (April)・Mat Pilates and Smoothies (April)・Group Norae Karaoke Shanty Night (April)・Somali Culture Night (April)・Fermentation Class (April)・Tuscan Wine Tasting and Dinner (April)・Wine, Cheese, Shop! (April)・Kentucky Derby Party (May)・Pilates-a-thon (May)・Family Outdoor Movie Night (May)・FUNRUNdraiser (May)・2nd Annual Summer Kick Off Barbeque (May)・Pachanga de Paella y Sangria (June)・Peaceful Family Hike and Picnic (June)・Bartonpalooza (September)・Mexican Independence Day: Margaritas and Carnitas (September)・Come Shabbat With Us! (September)・3rd Annual Oktoberfest (October)・Craft Cocktail Class (November)・ Scandinavian Night of Light (December)
2016: Orange Theory Fitness Class (April)・Somali Culture Dinner (April)・Totally 80's Prom (April)・Kentucky Derby Party (May)・FUNRUNdraiser (May)・Basement Kegger (May)・Kindergarten Family Dance (May)・Container Planting Class (May)・Summer Kick Off Backyard BBQ (June)・Jewish New Year (September)・Beer (and Pong) for Barton (September)・2nd Annual Oktoberfest (October)・Garden Harvest Cooking Class (October)
2015: French Raclette Dinner (March)・Wine, Chocolate, Yoga (March)・Align and Wine (April)・Movie Night at the Walsteads (May)・Mumbai in May (May)・Sing-a-long Jam Session: Rise UP Barton (May)・Spirit Garden Happy Hour (May)・Basement Kegger (June)・Lake Minntetonka Sunset Cruise (June)・Progressive Petite Plate Pedal Party (August)・The Barton Lebowski (September)・Wine Tasting and Henna (September)・Oktoberfest, Saturday Night Soiree (October)・Making Spirits Bright (December)
2014: Wine Tasting and Cheese Pairings (October)・Beer for Barton III-Oktoberfest (October)・Spirit Garden Tour and Dinner (September)・Family Shabbat Dinner (September)・Dinner and a Movie-Big Night (August)・Lake Minnetonka Sunset Cruise (June)・Backyard Paella Party (June)・Family Hike and Picnic (May)・Spirit Garden and Happy Hour (May)・Primavera Wine Dinner at Cafe Ena (May)・Barton Goes Bangkok (May)・Kentucky Derby (May)・Sicilian Dinner (April)・Barton Community Breakfast (April)
2013: Pre-Holiday Wine Tasting (December)・Cooking Class and Sit-Down Dinner (June)・Beer for Barton II (June)・Spirit Garden Harvest Dinner (October)・Sushi and Sake 101 (May)・Private Dinner at Mission American Kitchen (April)・Primavera Wine Dinner-Cafe Ena (May)・Spanish Tapas Dinner (May)・Kentucky Derby (May)・Sixties Sing-Along (April)・Family Hike and Spring Picnic (May)・Rock the Bulldog! (March)

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