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The Partnership Party


Our 2019 Partnership Party was a night to remember as we celebrated the 30th anniversary of The Partnership Plan in style. Our attendees wholeheartedly embraced the 1980s theme with some VERY inventive outfits.

And they were generous, contributing funds that will help us support teachers and students in Stillwater Area Public Schools in the year to come. They responded enthusiastically to this incredible video detailing the stories of two young men who found their passions through their participation in Da Vinci Fest.

Thank you to all the attendees, donors and volunteers who made this night such a wonderful celebration of Stillwater Area Public Schools!


1980s costumes are not required for this anniversary throwback event, but they will be deeply admired.

If you do dress up, you could be the lucky person who wins $500 to designate to the Stillwater Area Public School of your choice. We’ll set up an after-event contest with all the photos taken in the Photo Booth provided by Vickey Weiss. Stay tuned for all the details, but don’t forget to get your photo taken at the Party.

Members of the Partnership Party Gala Committee in their finest 1980s attire.

Members of the Partnership Party Gala Committee in their finest 1980s attire.

special drink

Remember Wapatui, the college party drink usually served in red Solo cups? It wasn’t always that tasty, but we’re going to have a version at our Party created by Marcus Green of the Velveteen that is going to be DELICIOUS! Just $10 for this blast from the past.

Heads & tails

You could win $500 cash if you’re the winner of our Heads & Tails game, which we’ll play at the conclusion of our program. To participate, you’ll have to buy beads at the Party. 1 for $10; 3 for $25.

flowers for teachers

Buy one of the beautiful centerpieces and we’ll send it to the teacher or staff person of your choice on Monday. Brighten someone’s day for only $25.


Our auction items this year are beyond compare.

  • A pop-up dinner featuring Oak-Land Middle School 8th grader, Spencer Venancio, featured in a Pioneer Press story, who is passionate about being a chef and has already volunteer-worked at some of the top restaurants in the Twin Cities. He’ll be creating a meal at Manger Restaurant in Bayport with James Beard award-winning chef and former La Belle Vie owner Tim McKee and Manger chef/owner Mike Willenbring.

    28 seats to this dinner will be sold in pairs of two, with each pair priced at $500.

  • A private viewing party of the fireworks over Stillwater on July 4 in a yard on the edge of the bluff in the South Hill.

  • A dinner and backyard concert this summer featuring Terra Guitarra, the husband and wife duo of master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Julie Patchouli. They live in the Valley but tour worldwide with their flamenco-inspired music. 

  • A pizza party in the backyard of Oak-Land Middle School principal Andy Fields, who will be assisted by Stillwater Middle School Principal Eric VanScoy and Stillwater Area High School Principal Rob Bach.

  • 4 tickets to see Hugh Jackman in a suite at the Xcel Energy Center, with a pre-concert meal at the St. Paul Grill.

Silent auction

We will be doing online bidding for our Silent Auction this year, and the bidding has already opened. If you are an attendee who hasn’t been hooked up yet, contact Crista Walsh at walshc@partnershipplan.org to get your private bidding code.

Item catalog

Here are some highlights of our Silent Auction:

  • A behind-the-scenes tour for 10 of the fossil lab at the University of Minnesota.

  • Six RESERVED front-and-center seats to the high school graduation ceremony on June 1.

  • A sail-plane soaring flight over the St. Croix River in Osceola, WI.

  • An up-front parking spot at Stillwater Area High School reserved for you and your family 24/7 during the 2019-20 school year.