Each year MICs annual benefit features a particular country or region of current interest. In 2005, the focus country will be the Czech Republic, providing guests with an opportunity to sample the culture and cuisine of this fascinating country in a private home on Lake Minnetonka.
Located in the heart of Central Europe, the Czech Republic is a cosmopolitan country rich in history, culture and natural beauty. The cultural character of Czech cities, villages and spa towns has always inspired visitors and guests. A unique blend of old Europe and 21st century cultural diffusion, the Czech capital city, Prague, boasts awe-inspiring architecture with historic buildings dating to the medieval period, a lively art scene, and some of the best beers in the western world. Independent from Slovakia since 1993, the Czech Republic joined the European Union in 2004.
MIC connections to the Czech community date back to our inception, as one of MICs founders, Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser is the honorary consul of the Czech Republic. In October 2003, MIC hosted Czech Ambassador Martin Paulos for a public program and, in June 2004, MICs President, Carol Byrne, traveled to Prague as a member of the Governors Trade Mission.
Providing approximately 20 percent of the support that MIC annually receives from individuals, proceeds from the annual benefit are essential to MICs mission to inspire our community to understand global cultures and issues in an ever changing world.
Bookmark this page and check back for more information (silent auction updates, menu, entertainment details) as it become available.
Updated list of Silent auction items to-date include:
1 week stay in La Quinta, California
4 night stay at the Hilton Nassau
4 night stay in a Prague apartment
Insider's tour of Washington, D.C.
Air Canada tickets
Czech Airline tickets
Weekend on Grace Ann II
3 night stay at Bluefin Bay, Lake Superior
Sunset sail on Lake Pepin
Tea for 8 at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Dinner with British Consul General Andrew Seaton
Lunch with Senator Mark Dayton
Dinner with Canadian Consul General Kim Butler
Kare II studio visit
2 tickets to Minnesota Opera peformance of Tosca
2 pairs of tickets for the Minnesota Orchestra
Japanese cooking class for 6
Gourmet French dinner for 10
Indian cooking class for 6
Authentic Chinese dinner for 6
Golf at the Minikahda Country Club
Golf at Woodhill Country Club
Seminar for 10: Doing Business in China
Wine and Cheese party at Junk Market
Handmade Puppet Theater
Keep checking back for more items as they become confirmed.
DIRECTIONS TO EVENT PARKING
YOU WILL TRAVEL BY SHUTTLE BUS TO THE EVENT LOCATION.
Go west on Highway 394 to County Road 15 westbound. Travel on County Road 15 (Shoreline Drive) for approximately 6 miles. You will pass the Lafayette Club after approximately 5 miles. After the traffic light on Shoreline Drive and Shadywood Road, there will be two locations for convenient parking.
1) At the traffic light on Shoreline Drive and Shadywood Road, turn left and go one block to the Gray Freshwater Center parking (2500 Shadywood Road)
2) Continue on Shoreline Drive (County Road 15) to Kelly Avenue (Rick's Market) which is one block from the traffic light. At Kelly Avenue turn left. The first driveway on the right is the entrance to the second parking location.