The event will include a keynote presentation, live entertainment and a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The MPRB will also present its "Living the Dream" award to an individual, community group, or business that has demonstrated dedication and distinguished service to the lives of Minneapolis residents and park users. The honoree must act consistently with the teachings and examples of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the award is intended to recognize those whose work embodies Dr. King's message of Unity and commitment to community. To nominate an individual, community group or business please fill out a Nomination Form and return to Megan Gregory at mgregory@Minneapolisparks.org.
The Celebration will also mark the 5th Annual "Feeding the Dream" food drive. The food drive will take place at recreation centers throughout the city. The community service project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and since then more than 7,000 pounds of donations have been collected.
Leading up to the celebration handmade knitted items will also be collected in support of the Love Light Project. The Love-Light project supports local teenage victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Donated items will be sold during the celebration and 100 percent of the profits will be used to support adolescent victims of commercial sexual exploitation.