Attend our Nov. 2nd Banquet

Registration time is ticking down for the 2012 Access Press Charlie Smith Award Banquet, Friday Nov. 2 at the Minneapolis […]

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Registration time is ticking down for the 2012 Access Press Charlie Smith Award Banquet, Friday Nov. 2 at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington.
Those who attend will not only get to honor award winner Charles Van Heuveln, they will also have the chance to bid on some amazing silent auction items. For those who like to take a chance, many other items will also be offered in a raffle. All the proceeds from the silent auction and raffle support operations of Access Press. As of deadline for this issue almost 30 items had come in, with more expected for the banquet.

Every year there are new and wonderful treasures. One special offering this year is a 10-day stay in a fully accessible Luther, Montana cabin. This generous donation is from Charlie Braun of Equal Access Homes.

Another great and fun auction item is a gift basket from celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, whose work include everything from the Bizarre Foods television show to ongoing campaigns about eating right.

An iPad from Care Planners is another item many people will be bidding on. Friends of Access Press founding editor Charlie Smith won’t be able to resist bidding on cribbage boards with Charlie’s picture, donated by Access Press and The Cribbage Guy.

Gift cards from Hell’s Kitchen, Buca di Beppo, Breadsmith, the Wedge, Mississippi Market , Panera Bread and more are available, as are handcrafted items and specially designed gift baskets. Services are also offered for bid. Bid on tickets for events ranging from the Elko Speedway to the Buckwheat Zydeco show at the Ordway to the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.

Bidding can start before the banquet, and raffle tickets are also available. Call 651-644-2133 with questions or go online to the latest updates on silent auction and raffle items, and information on bidding.

The Charlie Smith Award is named in honor of the late Charlie Smith, founding editor of  Access Press, This annual awards ceremony has been held since 2003, offering an opportunity to bring many individuals and organizations together celebrate accomplishments within Minnesota’s disability community. There are still tickets available for the banquet, which is at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott, 2020 East American Blvd., Bloomington. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the start of the silent auction and raffle. The sit-down dinner and award ceremony are at 7 p.m.

Cost is $45 per person or $325 for an 8-person table (save $35) in advance. The cost at the door is $50 per person. Register online and go to the Charlie Smith Award tab on the newspaper website

Or banquet attendees can mail checks to  Access Press, Attn: Dawn, 161 St. Anthony Ave., # 910, St. Paul, MN 55103. A third option is to call the office and make the transaction

over the phone, at 651-644-2133

Banquet sponsorships are also still available, at levels ranging from $200 to $400. Contact the newspaper office at 651-644-2133 or [email protected] Details about sponsorship are available on the newspaper website,




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