2019 Civic Celebration


Sharon Sayles Belton

& David Durenberger

Online registration for our event on October 10, 2019 is closed, but you can still join us! You can register on site at Aria in Minneapolis beginning at 5:00pm. See below for important location, parking, and program details!

Each year at our Civic Celebration, we gather Minnesotans from diverse backgrounds, political parties, and ideologies for an evening to appreciate what makes us unique: an enduring civic culture, innovative leadership, and a commitment to public service.

At the upcoming 2019 Civic Celebration, we continue this tradition, and you are invited!

We will honor two leaders who promote civic action, seek collaboration between diverse communities, and continue to dedicate their lives to the common good in Minnesota: former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, and former U.S. Senator David Durenberger.

Join us and fellow Minnesotans from across the political spectrum to recognize the civic leadership that has inspired Minnesota.

2019 Civic Celebration

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Reception: 5:30pm
Program: 6:30pm

105 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401 (map)

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Individual Tickets:

General Admission:
Citizens League member: $75
Non-member: $125

Leadership Admission:
Complimentary drinks during reception.
Citizens League member: $125
Non-member: $200

Sponsorships & tables available!

Parking, location, and other details:

Joining us for our Civic Celebration? Here’s what you need to know!


5:30pm: Doors open for the reception! Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and bar opens.

6:30pm: Program begins.

7:30pm: Program concludes. Guests are welcome to stay and mingle! Cash bar open until 8:30pm.

105 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Google Map)

Please note: Due to the president’s rally that evening, we encourage attendees to avoid driving near/through the area surrounding Target Center due road closures.

We have received an update from the City of Minneapolis regarding limited street closures around the Target Center. (Map of the planned closures is below):

Beginning 8 p.m. Wednesday, the following streets will be closed around Target Center:

  • First Avenue North from Sixth Street North to Eighth Street North.
  • Second Avenue North from Fifth Street North to 10th Street North.
  • Sixth Street North between First Avenue North and Second Avenue North.
  • Seventh Street North between Hennepin Avenue and 10th Street North; access to parking ramp will be provided.
  • Twins Way between Seventh Street North and 10th Street North.

Interstate 394 to/from downtown access changes:

  • Exit ramp to Sixth Street North will close 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • HOV entrance ramp at Third Avenue North and Fifth Street North will close 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Access to Ramps A and B will close 9 a.m. Thursday. Ramps A and B may be accessed from local streets.

Streets will reopen as soon as possible after the event. Click here for more information from the City of Minneapolis.

Additional information on getting to Aria below.

We encourage attendees to ride-share, bike, or take public transit to the event. Aria is conveniently located a few blocks away from the West River Parkway and Cedar Lake bike trails. Multiple bus routes run right by the venue and the Metro Transit Light Rail can be accessed via Target Field Station (N. 5th St. & 3rd Ave. N.) 7 blocks South from Aria. The St. Paul Green LineMinneapolis Blue Line, and Northstar Commuter Rail can be found at this station.
Parking is available at nearby parking ramps including the Hennepin Avenue Ramp (entrance off of N. 1st Street) and on the street (please check city signs for pricing and hours of enforcement).

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at CivicCelebration@citizensleague.org or 651-289-1081.

Our honorees

Sharon Sayles Belton was the first woman and first African American to be elected mayor of Minneapolis. Serving from 1994 to 2001, Sayles Belton achieved national recognition as an expert on public/private partnerships in public safety, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development. Leading Minneapolis during its first population increase since the 1940s, Sayles Belton navigated the city through tough challenges and new initiatives.

Prior to becoming mayor, Sayles Belton served on the Minneapolis City Council for 10 years (1984-1994) and was council president from 1990-1994. She co-founded the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter in 1976, the third battered women’s shelter in the country; the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, an organization that advocated for policies and resources to help sexual assault victims; and the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit organization that guides individuals onto the path of sustainable homeownership and good financial health.

Sayles Belton is currently the V. P. of Strategic Partnerships and Alliance for Thomson Reuters, Government.

David Durenberger was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1978 to replace Hubert and Muriel Humphrey. He was re-elected in 1982 and 1988, and retired in January 1995, becoming the longest serving popularly elected Republican Senator in Minnesota history.

During his three terms, Durenberger served on several Senate committees, including the Finance Committee, the Committee on Governmental Affairs, the Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the Select Committee on Intelligence. He was considered the leading Republican authority on health care policy.

He attributes much of his success in shaping and passing bipartisan legislation in the Senate, under four Presidents, to his experiences through the nationally unique Citizens League. Durenberger also served as Citizens League board chair in 1997.

Upon retirement from the Senate in 1995, Durenberger continued as a leader in health policy, helping found the National Institute of Health Policy at the Opus College of Business in the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, as well as its now popular Masters in Health program.

Register now!

Questions? Please contact us at info@citizensleague.org, or 651-289-1081.

Citizens League
400 Robert St N, Suite 1820
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 293-0575