Oct. 6: The Bellis Ball

Join us at the Bellis Ball at 6 p.m., Friday, October 6! At a beautiful mansion in Minneapolis, we’ll toast successes and celebrate goals to serve individuals and communities as a trusted source of adoption education and support. This event is a fresh twist on the every-other-year galas we hosted as Adoption Option Council of Minnesota.

The Bellis Ball is an elegant “Old Hollywood” themed cocktail event at the historic Gale Mansion in Minneapolis. Guests will enjoy hearty appetizers, a Champagne toast and delicious desserts. All sales at a special Tin Whiskers beer bar will directly benefit Bellis. Space is limited, so we encourage you visit our event webpage and secure your tickets today! Tickets are $65 per guest.

Thanks to the generosity of the business community, we are able to offer a stunning live and silent auction selection. Check-in, check-out, auction bidding and sales will be securely conducted via your own smart phone.

We are grateful for the support shown by our generous Bellis Ball sponsors: Larkin Hoffman, Tin Whiskers Brewing Company, My Adoption Advisor, Anchor Bank, Virtual Bookkeeping USA, White House Custom Colour, Overson Financial, and TransForm Corporation.

Speakers Workshops

Join our teams of volunteers that bring adoption education into classrooms! Learn more and register for one of several Speakers Workshops scheduled for 2017/18.

Our presentations, delivered by volunteers with adoption stories and expertise to share, demystify adoption and remove painful stigma. 

Schools seek out Bellis because we have no political or religious agendas. We are not affiliated with, nor do we endorse any one child placing service. This neutrality is essential to our mission and to our reputation as a trusted resource.

Educators report that these presentations are not only among the most popular with students, but they also effectively meet learning targets in classes such as health, child development, sexual health, interpersonal relationships, and teen survival.

Sometimes people ask us: Everyone loves adoption, right? Why would you need to educate students? Educators know the answer. Generations-old myths, insensitive comments and outdated notions abound in today’s language and can make things difficult for students.

How can you help?

  • Join our volunteer speakers team. Volunteers enjoy a sense of purpose and community, presenting alongside each other in classrooms, when they give voice to the adoption experience in a way that creates positive social change through better understanding and greater support. Training is provided.
  • Encourage educators to contact Bellis to schedule a classroom presentation. Bellis primarily visits high schools in the Twin Cities, suburbs and a few outstate cities