2023 Benefit Breakfast

Tune in to Fresh Energy’s 8th Annual Benefit Breakfast—Delivering on the Promise: Celebrating the moment with an eye to the future—taking place on Thursday, October 12.

We hope you will join us back in person at the Saint Paul RiverCentre for a high-energy Benefit Breakfast program featuring climate tech entrepreneur Ramez Naam and Fresh Energy’s new executive director Brenda Cassellius. Together, with special guests, they will host an engaging discussion delving into why the stakes have never been higher when it comes to making our clean energy future a reality—and the crucial role Fresh Energy is playing to make it possible. If you can’t attend in person, please be sure to purchase a ticket for the virtual event.

Historic clean energy and climate policies both at the federal level and in Minnesota have created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our state to make major leaps in planning for and creating a clean energy future for all Minnesotans. All eyes are on Minnesota—but what does it take to make sure we make the most of these opportunities by equitably shaping and deploying the clean energy solutions in Minnesota and the Midwest, and continue building sound, equitable policy structures for even more ambitious and challenging advances in the future? Join us and find out!

Our featured speaker

Back by popular demand, featured speaker Ramez Naam is a climate tech investor and author with his finger on the pulse of market trends in wind power, energy, storage, and electric transportation. Ramez has spoken around the globe about how these technologies—and ambitious, actionable clean energy policies—are reshaping the energy and consumer markets.

Guest video message

Big news! We’re so excited to share that Leader Stacey Abrams will be sharing a special video message with our Benefit Breakfast guests! Yes, THE Stacey Abrams! Don’t miss her message, our featured speaker Ramez Naam, and other awesome guests—not to mention the return of the Fair of the Future product showcase! Registration is required.

All proceeds from this dynamic event will support Fresh Energy’s work to design, influence, and implement equitable policy to continue ambitiously advancing a carbon-neutral economy in Minnesota and the Midwest. 

Get your tickets to the 2023 Benefit Breakfast!

There are two types of tickets for the 2023 Benefit Breakfast. Please choose your tickets based on whether you plan to join us in person or virtually. Registration is required; please RSVP by October 3, 2023.

Event details:

Thursday, October 12, 2023
Saint Paul RiverCentre
7:30-8 a.m. CT Guest check in and Fair of the Future all-electric showcase
8-9:30 a.m. CT Breakfast program
9:30-11 a.m. CT Fair of the Future continues
$125 suggested minimum donation.*

In-person registration is now closed.

Please contact Meggie LaValley for assistance at lavalley@fresh-energy.org.

*There is no fee to register for this event, but you will be asked for a donation during the program.

If you are not able to join us on October 12, please consider supporting our work by making a donation online.

For information on sponsoring the 2023 Benefit Breakfast, becoming a table captain, or volunteering at the event, please contact Meggie LaValley at lavalley@fresh-energy.org or 651 726 7561.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Fair of the Future Sponsor

VIP Meet and Greet Sponsors
Atomic Data
Enterprise Energy
Minnesota Power
Xcel Energy

Match Pool Sponsors
Bird and Randy Anderson
Mark and Kate Hanson
Kathy Iverson and Mike Menzel
Sarah F. Lang Fund
Kevin Lawless and April Egan
Cotty Lowry and Laurie Jacobi
Jan and Rick Neville
Michael and Patsy Noble
Chris O’Brien and Jane Alexander
Eric and Dana Pasi
William and Markell Rahr
Federico and Nassim Rossi
Van Steenburgh/Ladner Family Fund
Kate Wolford and Ed Reilly

Clean Energy Champion Sponsors
Best Buy
Clean Grid Alliance
Connexus Energy
U.S. Bank

Friends of the Future Sponsors
Arc Initiatives
Bremer Bank
Climate Generation
Merritt Clapp-Smith and Craig Smith
Conley Family Foundation
Ever-Green Energy
Grid Catalyst
Keystone Compensation Group LLC
Otter Tail Power Company
Raj Rajan and Kavitha Sitaram
Strategen Consulting Inc.
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Mary Woollen and Clark Heindl

In-Kind Sponsors