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Our 8th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser was a great success! A big THANK YOU to all contributing parties-- sponsors, live auction donors, volunteer committee members, and attendees! If you weren't able to attend and would like to contribute to the event, please mail your check to: Youth Advantage, P.O. Box 11, Stillwater, MN 55082.

Miss Shannan Paul Invites YOU to Attend Mardi Gras!

Mathnasium Honored (at 1:40), then (at 4:30) Youth Advantage's Client, Emily, Shares Her Journey With Youth Advantage

Two Minutes of Fun With Lee Valsvik and Miss Shannan Paul at Mardi Gras 2022!

A Summary of the Work of Youth Advantage- Three Focus Areas Discussed at Mardi Gras 2022 by YA's Executive Director


THANK YOU to everyone who helped make Mardi Gras a HUGE success! Your community thanks you!

Lee Valsvik- Emcee/Host & Honorary Youth Advantage Board Member

Lee Valsvik - KOOL108 & KARE 11 Lee Valsvik began her radio and television career in the 1980’s and has grown to become one of the best-known media personalities in the Twin Cities metro area. She attended Bemidji State University and Brown Institute and worked for five of the metro’s largest radio stations and has become a regular on KARE 11 Saturday.

When not hosting her own radio show or appearing on television, Lee continually gives back to the community as a talented emcee for community fundraising events, always stimulating an engaged audience to support community growth. She also has served on several non-profit boards and has worked to spearhead a youth-driven philanthropy program.

Lee was born and raised in Stillwater, MN and currently lives in Golden Valley.  She is the mother of two and loves to ski and play a lot of golf.

  • Friday, February 25th, 2022   6 p.m.- 11 p.m.
  • Lake Elmo Event Center,  3712 Layton Ave. N., Lake Elmo, MN
  • Ticket Prices:
    • $75/person thru 2/21
    • $90/person 2/22- at door (if available)
  • This event is for individuals 21 years and older.
  • Typical Friday night attire. Bring your authentic Mardi Gras mask if you are inspired!

Miss Shannan Paul- Host/Auctioneer

Miss Shannan was named "Best Stand-up Comedian" by City Pages Magazine in their "2020 Best of the Twin Cities." Campus Activities Magazine® included her as one of eight Top Speaker Picks for 2015. Miss Shannan is a regular guest on TV talk shows speaking on diversity and pop culture. She started her professional career working for Fortune 100 companies including Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America. Since her cubicle days, Miss Shannan has moved on to become a radio and television host, speaker, benefit auctioneer, and a proud former player of the Women’s Professional Football League.

In addition, she is a touring stand-up comedian who has performed for a wide range of audiences. She works as the “Diversity and Community Relations Director” for the Twin Cities Film Fest. She continues to host numerous corporate and charity events. Plus, she is an active board member for the Pacer Center, an organization that expands opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities and a board member for the Autism Society of Minnesota.

Follow Miss Shannan on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.  Plus, learn more on her website

First Course: Festival Salad (pears, apples, oranges, dried cranberries, pecans, and gorgonzola on mixed greens with a Champagne Vinaigrette)

Entrée Course options:

Cajun Grilled Pork Tenderloin (gluten free)-  w/ carmelized onions; served with red beans/rice and vegetables

Shrimp and Grits (gluten free)-  served with vegetables

Creamy Cajun Chicken Breast – served on fettucini with vegetables

Vegetarian (details to follow)

Coffee and dessert (“King” Cupcakes)



PARTNER SPONSORS ($1,000 gift)