Thank You!

Thank you to those who supported this year’s annual celebration. Together, we raised critical funds needed to provide transformational experiences to K-12 girls in Minnesota to reach their potential.

Event Recap


2024 Annual Celebration: Gift of Girlhood, a night to celebrate and honor the girls who use their voices, talents, gifts, and creativity every day to transform our world. 
April 25, 2024


Meet Trailblazer and Event Illustrator, Nat: Nat is a 16-year-old artist from Coon Rapids, Minnesota. They are a multi-media artist, working with drawing, sculpture, digital art, and more. Watch a snippet of how Nat created the key visual “Girls in a Field”: 


Meet 2024 DreamMaker Award Winners, Aaliyah, Cloie, and Oluwatomini: 
This year, we honored three remarkable DreamMakers, all of whom are grantees (Trailblazers) of the Ann Bancroft Foundation. They embody the essence of our theme, ‘The Gift of Girlhood’, fearlessly embracing change and striving to create a better world as they are in their youth. 

Aaliyah is a social justice advocate and founder of Global Teen Activists, an intersectional, youth-led organization committed to eradicating systemic injustices in schools and communities through advocacy and action. 

Cloie is a young entrepreneur. Cloie opened a Cottage Food Licensed bakery at a farmers market. Cloie then collaborated with fellow youth business entrepreneurs to create a youth-only vendor market within their community called the KindlMarkt. 

Oluwatomini is a mental health advocate striving to increase education and literacy in African immigrant communities. Oluwatomini lends her voice on the Minnesota Young Women’s Cabinet. 

Hear from each DreamMaker here: 


Hear from Founder, Ann Bancroft, on the vision behind the Ann Bancroft Foundation and her inspiration:


Event Gallery

Thank You Sponsors




Minnesota Timberwolves logo
Minnesota Lynx logo



Walser logo



Fredrickson & Byron logo



Perforce logo
Minneapolis Foundation logo
Mortenson logo
John Sullivan logo
ECMC Foundation logo
Women's Foundation of Minnesota logo




Adelante Advisors logo
U.S. Bank logo
Old National Bank logo
Blaze Credit Union logo
South-Town Refrigeration and Mechanical logo
Dorsey and Whitney logo

Event Partners

Year-Round Partners



Dr. Gigi Chawla (Co-Chair)

Julie Cohen

Leila Keita

Luciano Patiño

Maribeth Romslo

Pamela Roemer

Robert Radtke

Sarah Erkkinen

Jamie Millard (Co-Chair)

Amy Eppen

Caroline Correia

Christina Hansen Cohen

Ethelind B. Kaba

Grace Schreder

Heather Noble


Table Hosts


Alice Johnson, Amy Crawford, and Friends

Angie Boelter and Kari Henri

Ann Bancroft

Atlas Staffing, Inc. 

Brian and Pahoua Yang Hoffman

Ethelind B. Kaba

Dr. Gigi Chawla

Jennifer Lundblad

Jeri Meola and Judy Osborne

Lisa Brezonik

Maribeth Romslo


Michelle Hoff

Mike Ruetz

Milpha Blamo

Robert Joslin

Sara and Amy Kilian

Sara Armstrong

Sears Imported Autos

Sunrise Banks

About The Ann Bancroft Foundation

Supporting a girl today strengthens our community now and in the future.

We envision a world in which all who identify as a girl have a chance to live their dream and reach their full potential. We achieve our mission by providing grants, mentorship, and ongoing development to K-12 girls in Minnesota. Learn more about our strategic priorities here and continue investing in our mission here.