THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2024 | 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Girlhood is unbounded curiosity. It is fearlessly exploring with your full heart and mind. It is talking to yourself out loud as you build worlds beyond your reality. Girlhood is becoming a scientist in your family’s kitchen, swimming in the summer lake, running free in the dirt and mud. It is the limitless knowing of your potential, possibility, and power. It is seeing a challenge in your community and having the confidence to do something about it. What a gift to us all to know, witness, and benefit from the dreams girls bring to our world.

Every year, the Ann Bancroft Foundation centers and amplifies the voices of girls, listens to the dreams they see for themselves, and surrounds them with a supportive network that encourages their confidence to dream and imagine something bigger.

Join us on April 25, 2024 to celebrate and honor the girls who use their voices, talents, gifts, and creativity every day to transform our world.



The evening promises inspirational performances, exciting auctions, and an opportunity to hear from remarkable girls who dare to imagine something bigger. All tickets include reserved seating for the program, appetizers, a plated meal, and cash bar.



  • Table of Ten - $1750
  • Individual Adult - $150
  • Youth ( < 22 years ) - $75

Sponsorships are available

We invite you to join us as a sponsor. Sponsorship levels include recognition, visibility, and seats for 10 or 20 guests. 



For over a decade, the Ann Bancroft Foundation has recognized individuals and organizations that inspire and dare to dream of endless possibilities for women, girls, and the broader community. Through these awards, we honor Ann Bancroft's enduring passion for helping others achieve their dreams by embracing risk, pursuing education, and seizing opportunities. We affectionately refer to these individuals and groups as DreamMakers. Among them are our 2023 honoree, Gloria Perez (President of the Women's Foundation of MN), and 2022 honoree, Jan Malcolm, former Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner. This year, we invite you to join us in honoring 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. Allow us to introduce you to our esteemed 2024 DreamMaker Honorees.


Aaliyah Murray

Aaliyah Murray is an 18-year-old social justice activist. She is an advocate for youth civic engagement, black lives matter, gun violence, police brutality, and restorative care for youth. Aaliyah was only 14 years old when she started Global Teen Activists, an intersectional youth-led organization committed to eradicating systemic injustices in schools and communities through advocacy and action. She noticed racist incidents in schools where her peers would not get justice. She decided enough was enough and wanted to create a space where youth didn’t have to ask for a seat at the table; it was already there for them. 


Cloie Stevens

Cloie Stevens is young, innovative businesswoman. Her entrepreneurial journey started at 14 years old, when she decided to open a Cottage Food Licensed bakery at the farmer’s market in her hometown of Marshall, MN. As her customer base grew, so did Cloie’s love for the business world. Shortly after her own business started, Cloie collaborated with a fellow youth business owner to create a youth only vendor market within their community, coined the KindlMarkt. Since its inception, the KindlMarkt has tripled in size and now features upwards of 30 vendors as well as being a regionally supported event. Cloie was actively involved in many organizations throughout high school, including the CEO Program, where she served as the chief operating officer of the class business and where she was tasked with creating a new business. Through an investment from CEO and with the generous help of a grant from the Ann Bancroft Foundation, Cloie was able print and publish her own cookbook Gather: The Foods That Made Me. Currently, Cloie is a full-time student at the University of South Dakota, pursuing a business degree with the hopes of continuing to inspire and support other youth entrepreneurs.


Oluwatomini Ola

Oluwatomini Ola began her advocacy journey with Ann Bancroft through the Ann Bancroft Dare to Dream grant to empower African immigrant girls through mental health literacy. She then received the Women's Foundation of Minnesota Innovators program grant to support her work to promote mental health literacy and empowerment among girls and women further. Simultaneously, she pursued academic excellence, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and nearing completion of a Master's in Public Health with a focus on Global Health. Oluwatomini's relentless dedication extends beyond academia and grants as she lends her voice to the Minnesota Young Women's Cabinet, championing women's rights and equality. Her tireless efforts embody a profound commitment to empowering individuals, especially young girls and women, through education and advocacy. In addition to her remarkable journey thus far, Oluwatomini Ola harbors ambitious aspirations for the future. With a steadfast dedication to advancing community health, she envisions pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Health. 




Nat Vuong is a 16-year-old artist from Coon Rapids, Minnesota. They are a multi-media artist, working with drawing, sculpture, digital art, and more. In Fall 2023, Nat received a grant from the Ann Bancroft Foundation for materials to create new art pieces, some of which they intend to sell at upcoming art fairs. They previously featured in the SEA Us Write & Design art exhibition with the Hmong Girls’ Circle, where they created the sculpture “Fibrous Fantasm.” They dream of one day building a successful art business and featuring as a solo exhibitionist in art galleries.

Inspired by our theme of “The Gift of Girlhood,” Nat created the key visual “Girls in a Field.” Two girls are laying down in a luscious grass field looking at ants going in and out of an ant hill. They laugh and talk as they watch the ants feast. In the grass there are few other bugs skittering about, some flowers can be seen amongst the grass. Dragonflies, which symbolize change, adaptation, and transformation, are also present. 

Want to Get Involved?


Auction Donations

Help us offer a wide variety of items or experiences to our guests. Consider donating to our silent or live auction. All items are needed by April 8th.

Volunteer at the 2024 Annual Celebration Event

We have various volunteer roles for the evening. If you are interested in joining our wonderful team of volunteers, please email



Please get in touch with Amy Eppen at or call 612-361-8191 with any questions.

Get Inspired


Walk down memory lane of our 2023 Event.

Thank You to our 2024 Sponsors




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2024 Annual Celebration EVENT COMMITTEE


  • Dr. Gigi Chawla (Co-Chair)
  • Jamie Millard (Co-Chair)
  • Amy Eppen
  • Caroline Correia
  • Christina Hansen Cohen
  • Ethelind B. Kaba
  • Grace Schreder
  • Heather Noble
  • Julie Cohen
  • Leila Keita
  • Luciano Patiño
  • Maribeth Romslo
  • Pamela Roemer
  • Robert Radtke
  • Sarah Erkkinen