Here are the facts…


  • 4 professionals of color organizations collaborated to plan and host the event: NABA, NSHMBA, ALPFA and ASCEND.  These organizations are led by volunteers only!
  • 18 private and public companies provided sponsorship to support the mission
  • 68 local organizations and individuals donated over 100 items and services to support the silent auction to raise scholarship funds for minority students
  • 3 Community/Corporate Executives donated their personal time and talent to support the live auction to meet our scholarship goals
  • 1 Singer/Songwriter & Music star donated her music talent and private performances to support the cause
  • 200 attendees from a variety of professions, backgrounds, cultures showed up, networked, dined, celebrated and donated

The results are in….$20,000 in scholarship funds raised!

Mission accomplished?  We’re half way there…

  • Celebrate  Twin Cities professionals of color and promote greater integration
  • Establish a legacy fund to build a pipeline of minority professionals to join the corporate community and address the gaps of minority representation and achievement in the Twin Cities
  • Support minority undergraduate and graduate students to pursue academic careers in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Tax, Consulting and Information Technology

Check out the fun photos (courtesy of Andrea Ellen Reed photography) and video snippets from the event.    We plan to keep up this momentum with other innovative-collaborative events in the near future. We hope you’ll join us and stay committed to our shared-goals!

Until 2017 Salsa Sushi Soul….. here’s to 20,000 cheers!