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Special Events

PACER holds several special events throughout the year, and community involvement is always appreciated through volunteers, corporate sponsorships, and attendance at the events! If you would like more information on how you can make a difference, please contact PACER Center at 952-838-9000.

PACER’s Annual Benefit

PACER’s annual Benefit supports our programs for children with disabilities and their families as well as PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The evening includes the amazing live and silent auctions, followed by the performance. Each year PACER features an amazing performer—check back to see who it will be!

Creative Kids Contest

Children with disabilities, ages 4 to 17, and their families are invited to join PACER for a morning of creativity, fun, and exploration. Kids will use their imaginations to express themselves through various mediums and vibrant colors. The contest theme is “Unity: Friendship, Inclusion and Kindness.” The artwork of children with disabilities will be entered into the Creative Kids contest and the winner will become the cover design of the PACER Greeting Card, which is sold online and at the Benefit. The original artwork of the top 10 designs will be sold at PACER’s Benefit Silent Auction.

PACER greeting cards are great for the holidays! View and purchase greeting cards featuring last year’s winning design!

PACER Symposium for Children's Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

This is an outstanding learning opportunity for general education teachers, administrators, and parents interested in understanding more about mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults. The day features both keynote and breakout workshop speakers. The Symposium is held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Registration is $30 and includes lunch as well as six hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for educators. Registration opens in mid-May!

Run Walk Roll Against Bullying

Kick off National Bullying Prevention Month in October by joining together at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn., for PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying. The event is sponsored by the Friends of PACER. This fun family event raises awareness and funds for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. It includes a four-mile run and a two-mile fun walk/roll followed by presentations, speakers, and live music.

Raise A Glass - A Toast to PACER

(A Beer and Wine Tasting Event)
Come sample some of the best that Minnesota’s local brewers and winemakers have to offer at “Raise a Glass – A Toast to PACER,” hosted by PACER’s Young Professional Advisory Board and Friends of PACER. Enjoy live music and lots of fun while supporting PACER’s work on behalf of children and families.

EXploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E.)

EX.I.T.E. offers opportunities for girls with disabilities in middle and high school to explore, create, invent, and even get messy with the science and technology of today.

Fun Times Youth Event Group

Fun Times is a volunteer, social program that connects teens and young adults with and without disabilities. The Fun Times concept was originally created by Win Bennett, the sibling of a teen with a disability, and other high school students. His idea: to create a program where kids can meet and go out on the weekend to hang out like any other teen.

Unity Day, Unite Against Bullying

If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.