Thursday, March 29, 2018

Caring Causes: Ann Bancroft Foundation

The Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) invites you to celebrate more than 20 years of helping girls reach their full potential as inspired by founder and world-renowned polar explorer Ann Bancroft. Voices, ABF’s Annual Celebration, presented by TCF Financial Corporation, is an evening dedicated to providing Minnesota girls the tools they need to go after their dreams and feel supported along the way.

Since 1997, ABF has awarded $1,556,847 to 4,203 girls from age five through high school graduation. Through the program, girls are connected with mentors who provide guidance, encouragement and friendship at a critical time in their lives. The grants are investments of up to $500 that have immediate and lasting impact. ABF grants have funded a wide range of activities and experiences from piano lessons to AAU basketball camps to expenses for a trip to Nicaragua where Isla Horscroft from Chanhassen recently led a soccer clinic for other girls. See the full story here.

VOICES, ABF’s 2018 Anniversary Celebration will be Thursday, April 19th from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. Adult tickets start at $125, children’s tickets start at $25, and table sponsorships are available. Register at or by calling (612) 338-5752 ext. 192.

The 2018 Anniversary Celebration will showcase program alumnae and their mentors speaking about the life-changing effect of the foundation’s support. The evening, emceed by Emmy-award winning KARE 11 journalist Adrienne Broaddus, will also feature live and silent auction opportunities, a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Who: the Ann Bancroft Foundation
What: Voices, 2018 Annual Celebration
When: Thursday, April 19, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, 225 3rd Avenue South
Tickets: Adult tickets start at $125; children at $25. Register at or by calling 612.338.5752 ext.192.


The Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) (www.annbancroftfoundation.orginspires and encourages girls to imagine something bigger. ABF strives to build confidence and offer tools that will allow a girl to go after her dreams and feel supported along the way.  Through grants, mentorship, and ongoing development opportunities, ABF is giving Minnesota girls strength to achieve their full potential. ABF exemplifies the spirit of explorer and educator, Ann Bancroft, whose leadership and personal and historic achievements have inspired all people to take on new challenges.

About Ann Bancroft
Ann Bancroft is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women and girls around the world to unleash the power of their dreams. Through her various roles as an explorer, educator, sought-after speaker and philanthropist, Ann believes that by sharing stories related to her dreams of outdoor adventure, she can help inspire a global audience to pursue their individual dreams. Bancroft organized and led the first all-woman expedition to Antarctica, becoming the first-known woman to reach both Poles across the ice. In 2001 Bancroft and Norwegian Liv Arnesen became the first women in history to cross Antarctica’s landmass.

Ann’s teamwork and leadership skills have undergone severe tests during her polar expeditions and provided her with opportunities to shatter female stereotypes. The tenacity and courage that define her character have earned Ann worldwide recognition as one of today’s most influential role models for women and girls. She has been named among Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year” (2001); featured in the book Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century (1998); inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1995); named Ms. Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” (1987); and honored with numerous other awards for her accomplishments.

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