2019 Benefit Breakfast

Fresh Energy’s 2019 Benefit Breakfast was our biggest yet, and most inspiring. Nearly 750 people gathered together to hear speakers Rhiana Gunn-Wright (New Consensus) and Jigar Shah (Generate Capital) have an exciting conversation about how and why we can transform our energy system while building prosperity and improving our communities. They brought a compelling and aligned vision of how policy change and business can drive down carbon emissions at the speed and scale of the problem, while growing healthy, equitable communities and successful companies.

We don’t have the luxury for slow and incremental change, gradually cutting our fossil emissions. We need change consistent with the plain physics of the problem. That means deep and fast cuts in carbon pollution, not just in our electric system, but in transportation, buildings, agriculture, and industry.

When we all come together, amazing change is possible. That was more visible than ever when we highlighted our children protesting around the world, who appeared in our event video and on the Benefit Breakfast podium with one clear message: join us, we can do this.

Special thanks to our event sponsors and table captains, Event Chair Teresa Morrow, volunteers, and everyone who came out at the crack of dawn to make this event a success! Together, we raised $340,000 to support a clean energy future.  

Missed the event or want to relive your favorite parts? Event photos are on our Facebook page—feel free to tag yourself and share! Check out the event videos and highlights here:

2019 Benefit Breakfast: Michael Noble with Rhiana Gunn-Wright and Jigar Shah
Creative Minds and a Clean Energy Future
Fresh Energy History

Thank you to our sponsors!

Title Sponsor

EV Showroom Sponsor

VIP Meet and Greet Sponsors

Match Pool Sponsors

Randy and Bird Anderson
Berns Knight Law Firm
Paul and Shannon Burke
Kathy Iverson and Mike Menzel
Ralph Jacobson and Cynthia Bartoo
Will and Claudia Kaul
Sarah F. Lang Fund
Cotty Lowry and Laurie Jacobi
Chris O’Brien
Federico and Nassim Rossi
The Van Steenburgh/Ladner Family Fund

In-Kind Sponsors

Min Enterprises Photography LLC
Print Solutions
Saint Paul RiverCentre

Fair of the Future Sponsors

Friends of the Future Business Sponsors

All Energy Solar
Apex Clean Energy
Askov Finlayson
Best Buy
Boulay PLLP
Bremer Bank
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Houlihan Lokey
IPS Solar
Minneapolis Foundation
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Moonbridge Wellness
Old National Bank
Ryan Companies
Solar Garden Services
Stoel Rives LLP

Friends of the Future Family Sponsors

Donna W. Allan and Bill Mahlum
Conley Family Foundation
The Gustin Family
James P. Lenfestey
Bridget and Ross Levin
Chuck and Candice Nadler
Michael and Patsy Noble
Raj V. Rajan and Kavitha Sitaram
John and Nina Tuttle