Opus & Olives

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Tickets are now on sale below!

Opus & Olives
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Saint Paul RiverCentre

5:00 p.m. | Cocktails and Book Signing

6:15 p.m. | Dinner and Author Presentations

Opus & Olives is a fundraiser that supports the Saint Paul Public Library and local literacy programs of the Pioneer Press. When you join us at Opus & Olives, you support early literacy, workforce development, and other lifelong learning opportunities for individuals of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. This lively and elegant evening is not your average gala. More than just fabulous dinner, drinks, and conversation, Opus & Olives is a celebration of the power of the library to transform communities.

Each year, we feature five bestselling authors who entertain guests, sign books, and share their love of libraries. Check out this year's incredible line-up below.

2019 Emcee Announced

The full 2019 line-up of five bestselling authors will be announced this summer.

How to Forget

Kate Mulgrew, emcee

Kate Mulgrew, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, is an actress and author with an extensive career on stage and screen. From her start as Mary Ryan, the lead role on the popular soap opera Ryan's Hope to the groundbreaking first female starship captain on Star Trek: Voyager to her acclaimed performance as Galina "Red" Reznikov on Netflix's smash hit Orange Is The New BlackKate brings a formidable presence and deep passion to all her projects. Her 2016 book, Born With Teeth, allowed her to add "New York Times bestselling author" to her resume.

About her latest work: How to Forget

They say you can’t go home again. But when her father is diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and her mother with atypical Alzheimer’s, New York-based actress Kate Mulgrew returns to her hometown in Iowa to spend time with her parents and care for them in the time they have left. The months Kate spends with her parents in Dubuque—by turns turbulent, tragic, and joyful—lead her to reflect on each of their lives and how they shaped her own. Those ruminations are transformed when, in the wake of their deaths, Kate uncovers long-kept secrets that challenge her understanding of the unconventional Irish Catholic household in which she was raised.

Ticket Opportunities

Library Champion:

$3,000/table
$300/individual ticket

Guests receive premier seating tickets (tables seat ten), a three-course plated dinner, wine at each table, complimentary valet parking, and recognition for table host(s).

Reading Ambassador:

$1,500/table
$150/individual ticket

Guests receive tickets (tables seat ten), a three-course plated dinner, wine at each table, complimentary valet parking, and recognition for table host(s).

Because The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all but $75 of each ticket is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Price
Quantity
Total
Library Champion Table
(10 registrants)
$3,000
Tables Seat 10 Guests
Library Champion Ticket
(1 registrant)
$300
Reading Ambassador Table
(10 registrants)
$1,500
Tables Seat 10 Guests
Reading Ambassador Ticket
(1 registrant)
$150
Total due:

Sponsorship

Support Learning for a Lifetime

By sponsoring Opus & Olives, our biggest, most visible fundraising event, you are helping us make an impact in your community and beyond. Your partnership supports early literacy, workforce development, and lifelong learning, for individuals of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.

Entertain and Enjoy

This lively and elegant evening features more than just fabulous dinner, drinks, and conversation. Opus & Olives is a celebration of the transformative power of the written word. Each year we host five best-selling authors that deliver engaging presentations with personal stories about their work, their inspiration, and the importance of libraries on their journey.

Now in its fifteenth year, Opus & Olives is recognized nationally as one of the premier literary and social events of the year. Whether you’re entertaining clients or mingling with Twin Cities leaders, you’ll find an audience of smart, savvy, influential Minnesotans.

Get Involved

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, you can download our sponsorship kit  or contact Greg Giles, Vice President of Development and Community Engagement, at 651-366-6499 or [email protected]

Presenting Sponsor:

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Don’t see your company’s name? Join us in promoting libraries and literacy! For more information on any of The Friends’ giving opportunities, please contact The Friends at 651/222-3242 or [email protected].