The Gala

The Annual Gala is Children’s Surgery International’s largest fundraising event. Each year, volunteers, patrons, friends, healthcare providers and community members gather to celebrate, honor and support the work of CSI. Together, we are changing lives and strengthening communities, one child at a time.


Come fly with us!

13th Annual CSI Gala
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Radisson Blu, Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN 55425

Join Gala co-hosts Dr. Paul Melchert and James Zimmerman at the biggest night of the year for Children’s Surgery International. At the event you will have the chance to sip specialty cocktails, listen to fabulous music, visit our one-of-a-kind photo booth and more, all while helping to support CSI’s mission through the silent and live auctions, direct donations and other activities.

Online registration is now open – purchase your Gala tickets today!

Tickets are $150 and include complimentary specialty cocktails and appetizers, dinner, wine and dessert. During the event program you will hear from our co-chairs and other CSI partners about the impact of the work we are doing together to change lives and communities. Plus you get a first-class ticket to enjoy fundraising games like mystery boxes and heads or tails, bid on fabulous silent and live auction items and make a “Fund-a-Need” donation during our auction.

Let us know if you would like a printed Gala invitation sent to your home or office.



Paul Melchert, MD

Pediatrician, Allina Health

James Zimmerman

Sourcing Director, Target Corp.

Speaker: Laura Romero

Executive Director, St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic
Green Valley, Arizona

CSI Service Award:

David Vandersteen, MD

Pediatric Urologist
Pediatric Surgical Associates, Ltd.

Chris Egert

Anchor, KSTP-TV

Entertainment: Belle Amour

5:30 p.m. Takeoff: Registration | Cocktails | Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Inflight Service: Dinner | Program | Live Auction
9:30 p.m. Landing and Layover: Music | Dancing

Black tie admired, not required | Valet parking available

Beef Tournedos Three Ways | Rosemary & Chive Roast Chicken | Angel Hair Pesto


Thank you sponsors!



Interested in becoming a Gala sponsor?

The Gala audience is filled with enthusiastic and committed medical, business and community leaders. We would be honored to have you join us as an event sponsor or to make a donation to our silent auction.

Gala 2016