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Do I need to know how to dance to attend a dance party?

Patti Cullen, CAE
By Patti Cullen, CAE  |  September 16, 2022  |  All members

As Care Providers of Minnesota winds down our activities tied to our 75th anniversary year celebration, I want to encourage members to plan on attending our final event. I also want to respond to some of the more pressing questions related to the November celebration event, the 75th Anniversary Dance Party set for Tuesday, November 15, 2022, corresponding with our annual Convention & Exposition:

Where and when will this event be held?
Tuesday November 15, 2022, starting at 8:00 PM in Minnetonka Ballroom at Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake (where our convention will be held).

Do I have to be registered for convention to attend?
Absolutely not! This is a celebration for all members whether or not you are able to attend convention!

Will there be any fun swag?
Funny you should ask—look for neon and boas!

Do I need to know how to dance?
Another absolutely not! If you have ever seen the president/CEO attempt to “show her moves,” you will know there is no dancing skill required. You can sway or just listen to the music/show.

Why did we get a band from North Dakota?
This band—Tripwire—was highly recommended by one of the board officers as talented and entertaining. If you don’t like them, I will tell you after the event where the referral came from! In case you didn’t know:  

Tripwire is an energetic, multi-genre band based in the upper-midwest. Four multi-instrumentalists play through five decades of music on 10+ instruments, while making a spectacle on stage with choreography, trampolines, and improvised hijinks. Playing everything from Queen- We Will Rock You to Journey- Don’t Stop Believin’ to Zac Brown Band- Chicken Fried to Macklemore- Thrift Shop to Sublime- What I Got to Imagine Dragons- Thunder! Truly a multi-genre experience!

What will the COVID protocols be?
We will follow the current CDC guidelines in place for public events at the time. While we encourage everyone to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, that will not be a requirement to attend. Of course, anyone who feels sick, or who has had recent close contact with someone with COVID we ask to skip the party. ☹

When will the dance party end?
Starting at 8:00 PM, the band will play three hours of music over a four hour period so this is ideal for “night owls”—in other words, way past my bedtime!!

Will there be refreshments served?
We will have a cash bar and some free munchies, but you may want to have dinner after the last education session of the day at 4:15 PM and before the dance party to give you the energy you need to cut a rug or two! (That is old person talk for dancing!) 

Patti Cullen, CAE  |  President/CEO  |  |  952-851-2487


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