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Thanks to all of our friends who attended VLN’s Annual Riverfront Celebration on September 14, 2017 at the Nicollet Island Park Pavilion.  Speaker Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights delivered inspiring remarks about the work of his department that needed to meet the challenges ahead.  Over sushi, walleye and kabobs, we honored our award winners, Stephen Rathke, Volunteer of the Year, and Joe Dixon, John Levine Distinguished Service Award recipient.  The weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy dessert and coffee on the patio while watching the sun set over the Mississippi river. To see more pictures of this wonderful event, please visit our Facebook page here

Keynote Speaker

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Kevin Lindsey
Commissioner, Minnesota Dept. of Human Rights

Honorees

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

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Steve Rathke, Attorney at Law

 

John D. Levine DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Award

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Joe Dixon, Henson Efron, P.A.

 

Special thanks to our 2017 Riverfront Sponsors

 

VLN Event Underwriters ($10,000+)

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two orange semicircles made of varying size orange dots in a round formation to the left of gray sans serif text that reads "THOMSON REUTERS" logo  gray-brown serif text reading "Fredrikson" with a red letter "k" above a white-to-gray/brown gradient line containing sans-serif text reading "& BYRON, P.A." logo

 

 

Justice Champions ($5,000+)

logo with black text on white background that reads "fox rothschild LLP attorneys at law" to the right of a green symbol capital letters briggs over tan-background briggs white-background and and blue-backgroud morgan logo blue, brown and orange blocks reading gray, plant, mooty next to a tri-color 150 logo
gray and white letters "MASLON" underlined in yellow on a black background logo blue text reading "jones day" logo brown/gray square with three gray squares and one orange circle inside above gray text reading "litigation" above orange text reading "insights" logo
black serif text reading "robins kaplan LLP" with a red polygon between the first two words logo  orange capital sans serif letters spelling "lindquist" with a blue line under the "u" logo  four diagonal lines in a gradient of light green to dark blue above black sans serif text that reads "stinson leonard street" in three stacked lines logo


          
Justice Partners ($3,000+)

Blue capital letters reading "Dykema" two lines of text beginning with a purple letter and followed by gray letters with a bright green ampersand in front of line 2, reading "merchant & gould" logo red polygon with white "US" in center to the left of blue letters reading "bank" US Bank logo
black text reading "cargill" under a green leaf shape logo red and gray heart with Christian cross in the middle next to gray text reading "thrivent financial" logo two logos, left: yellow tag with black text reading "BEST BUY", right: black oval with whit text reading "geek" and orange text reading "squad"
blue sans serif text reading "UNITEDHEALTH GROUP" logo large black capital sans serif letter spelling "fish" to the left of an off-kilter teal square above smaller similar letters reading "fish & richardson" logo  abstract art a large, rough-edged maroon circle with a white square in the center and an offset red square all to the left of maroon sans serif text in three lines reading "nilan johnson lewis PA" logo
 back-to-back capital letter Bs in purple then grey to the left of two lines of purple then grey text reading "blackwell burke P.A." logo  abstract ellipse made of a maroon and a black swish design to the left of black sans serif capital letters in two lines reading "cozen o'connor" logo  grey square with abstract white lines in a geometrical arrangement above grey sans serif text that reads "henson efron" logo
black sens serif text in two stacked lines separated by a green line reading "CARLSON CASPERS" logo

 

Friends of VLN ($1,500+)

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white letter "B" with yellow drop shadow on the right side to the left of heavy black text reading "Bowman and Brooke LLP" logo green bold text reading "Littler" logo red and yellow flag to the left of black lowercase text reading "tcf" followed by smaller red text reading "bank" logo
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 Executive Confidante  red font: large bold 3 to the left of large bold M logo  Tom Pfeifer     
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Riverfront Donors (up to $1,499)

US Bank Business Banking Dady & Gardner, P.A. Patterson Thuente Pedersen, P.A.
Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P.A. Meritage  Bassford Remele 
 Lommen Abdo, P.A.  Karen Canon Depo International 
 Best & Flanagan LLP  SiebenCarey  Minnesota CLE

 

All proceeds benefit VLN, a volunteer-based nonprofit providing civil legal services to people in poverty.