Sunrise on the Mississippi

We raised more than $55,000 at Sunrise 2016
and started many important conversations about our work.
Thank you for your support!

Read more about, and view photos from, this fun and successful event!

Join us at Orvin “Ole” Olson Park
for our 2016 fundraiser

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

7:30am arrival and check-in
8:00am program start

Featured Speaker

Leila Araghian, Architect & Designer of
the Tabiat “Nature” Bridge in Tehran

Leila Araghian, born in Tehran in 1983, holds a BA in architecture from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran. She also holds a Master of Membrane Structures from Anhalt University in Germany and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where she won the UBC Architecture Alumni Henry Elder Prize.

In 2005, Ms. Araghian co-founded Diba Tensile Architecture in Tehran, the first company specializing in the design, manufacture and installation of membrane structures in Iran. She is chief architect and designer of the Tabiat Bridge in Tehran, the nature-inspired pedestrian bridge opened in 2014 to international renown and acclaim, including a 2015 Architizer A+ Award.

Ms. Araghian has given numerous lectures internationally about the Tabiat Bridge and her work experience. Prior speaking engagements include appearances at Anhalt University, American University of Dubai, University of Toronto, London’s 5×15 talks, Tunsia’s Festival of Art and Patrimony, and the University of Oklahoma.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors of Sunrise on the Mississippi demonstrate support for the economic, environmental, civic and cultural health of Minneapolis. Sunrise sponsors also get access to a community of dedicated park enthusiasts. We have are multiple levels of sponsorship suitable for every organization. Download our sponsorship packet for more information and Please call 612-822-2656 and ask for Christine Moir or Jennifer Downham. You may also email us at or

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Tables & Tickets

Individuals and organizations interested in hosting one or more tables of 10 are invited to contact our office. Please call 612-822-2656 and ask for Christine Moir or Jennifer Downham. You may also email us at or

Happy Trails Sponsors

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Grand Rounds Sponsor


In-kind Support