Letter to our readers: November 3rd Access Press Dinner

As summer ends, we want to remind you of the highlight of the fall season: the November 3 Access Press […]

Access Press text overlaid on a photo of the McNamara alumni center. Photo by McGhiever (Wikimedia Commons)

As summer ends, we want to remind you of the highlight of the fall season: the November 3 Access Press Dinner. We hope to see you there! It is the one event this year where members of our community can gather to enjoy a relaxed time and space for conversation, a delicious dinner, a featured speaker (Boyd Huppert!), the Charlie Smith Award, and a special remembrance of Tim Benjamin, who led Access Press for 20 years.  

Access Press Dinner 
Awards – Celebration – Fundraiser 
Friday, November 3, 2023 
McNamara Alumni Center 
200 Oak Street SE  
Minneapolis, MN 55455 
Memorial Hall, First Floor 

5:30 PM Registration and Reception 
6:30 PM Dinner and Program 
Tickets $75 per person, $600 per table of 8 

Getting There and Scheduling 

Located near the University of Minnesota, the Alumni Center is accessible by public transportation and has a drop-off entry for MetroMobility. We recommend scheduling rides to leave the event at 8:0015 PM. We have planned the program to end at 8:00 PM but realize there are always surprises. If you come by car, consider parking in the University Avenue Ramp, 1926 University Avenue SE, with a tunnel to McNamara. 

The Reception 

After checking in, there is lots to do. This is a beautiful, award winning, facility. You will have full access to the first floor, including the Heritage Gallery, videos, a cash bar, and live music performed by In Solid Air. Come early because there is lots to do and many friends to catch up with. 


The dinner, provided by D’Amico  Catering, will be your choice of chicken, squash ravioli, or cauliflower steak (vegan).Dinner is ordered at the time of reservation. If you need to change your menu choice after purchasing tickets, contact Jane Larson at [email protected] or 612-562-7803 by October 22 to request a change. 


A warm welcome from the Access Press Board of Directors will be followed by our guest speaker, award-winning journalist Boyd Huppert. This will be followed by presentation of the Charlie Smith Award, a remembrance of Tim Benjamin, and a special announcement. Of course, as this is our biggest fundraising effort, we will ask for your support of Access Press to fund our future.  

Scholarship Tickets 

Just as Access Press provides news to all who need it, not just those who can afford it, we want all readers and friends to join us. To the extent possible, we will furnish scholarship or subsidized tickets to the dinner. Contact Jane Larson (above) if you need a scholarship or subsidized ticket. If you wish to make a tax- deductible donation of scholarship tickets, please do so at the ticket website. 

This year, Access Press celebrates 33 years in publication and 16 years of the Charlie Smith Award, recognizing contributions to disability rights and community. 2023 is also the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Let’s celebrate together! 

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