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2020-02-25 Print

Historic Night at The Sanneh Foundation’s 10th Annual Gala For Goals

Largest Ever Attendance and Fundraising in Support of Minnesota Non-Profit


The Sanneh Foundation (Sanneh) hosted its 10th Annual Gala For Goals on Saturday, February 22nd at The Saint Paul RiverCentre. This year’s event, presented by Atomic Data, was the most successful on record, with both the highest ever attendance and the most money raised in the event’s history.

In total, over 1,500 philanthropists, community leaders, organizational partners, and friends of The Sanneh Foundation helped to raise over $650,000 in funds to support Sanneh’s programs and initiatives for diverse youth and families.

The evening’s program was hosted by Christiane Cordero of WCCO, and Sanneh Board Member, Adam Gislason. Highlights of the night included remarks from the event co-chairs, CEO Jim Wolford of Atomic Data and Delta Dental of Minnesota CEO, Rodney Young. Welcome speeches from Saint Paul’s District 67B Representative Jay Xiong, and Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey helped to set the tone for the event by impressing on the attendees the importance of The Sanneh Foundation’s work and community impact. Other notable highlights of the night were an energetic dance performance by the Conway Community Center’s youth dance team, and the launch of the Girls First (G1) soccer and employment initiative supported by Allianz Life Foundation for North America.

The evening’s keynote was provided by 2019 Bush Fellow, and Founder and CEO of The Sanneh Foundation, Tony Sanneh. Sanneh drew a standing ovation, as he described the evolution of The Sanneh Foundation over the last ten years, and his goals to create social and physical environments to create a culture of health and well-being in Minnesota. “It was an honor to have so many community members in the room to celebrate 10 years of successful programs and community impact,” said Tony Sanneh, “and I am equally proud of the fact that our event is able to show the true spirit and diversity of Minnesota today.”

To learn more about The Sanneh Foundation and how to support or get involved, please visit

About The Sanneh Foundation: The Sanneh Foundation (TSF) is a Saint Paul, Minnesota based 501(c)3 created to serve the holistic youth development needs of the increasingly diverse state of Minnesota. TSF’s mission is to empower youth by supporting and promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school support, improve lives by providing programs that strengthen physical health and social and emotional development, and unite communities by advancing diversity, equity, and community well-being. For more information, visit

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