On Friday, August 3, the Prairie Island Indian Community will host a Masquerade Charity Ball in aid of the National Eagle Center’s Avian Care facility. The event will take place at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Island Event Center from 6-10 p.m.
The Prairie Island Indian Community warmly invites friends and the general public to join in this celebration of the majestic national Wambdi (eagle). Attendees will enjoy an elegant evening of cocktail attire that will include a three-course meal, casino games, live entertainment, and a best mask contest. Although not required, masks are encouraged and a prize will be awarded to the person with the best mask at the end of the evening. All proceeds will go to support the National Eagle Center’s Avian Care facility in Wabasha.
The Masquerade Charity Ball will feature Fox 9 meteorologist and Twin Cities personality Ian Leonard as the Master of Ceremonies, special performances from two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie of Native Pride Arts, and opportunities to meet live bald eagle ambassadors from the National Eagle Center.
“The eagle is very meaningful on many levels in our culture and the care and nurturing of these magnificent birds in captivity is something we believe is critically important to the future success of the National Eagle Center and its mission,” said Shelley Buck, Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council president.
Full event details and ticket reservations are available through the National Eagle Center website at nationaleaglecenter.org. Individual tickets are available for $150 and table reservations for eight people are available for $1,000. Tickets must be purchased in advance and sales will remain open through Friday, July 27.
“We’re very grateful for the support from the Prairie Island Indian Community,” said Rolf Thompson, executive director at the National Eagle Center. “They have been close partners and supporters of ours from the very beginning and we cannot overstate the importance of the special relationship that we share with them. We’re looking forward to a wonderful evening.”
The National Eagle Center is a nonprofit interpretive center located in Wabasha, Minn., that connects people with eagles in nature, history, and cultures. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit nationaleaglecenter.org.
The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) is a sovereign nation located on the Prairie Island Indian Reservation in Minnesota. The Mdewakanton, “those who were born of the waters,” have lived on Prairie Island for countless generations. Located in southeastern Minnesota along the wooded shores of the Mississippi and Vermilion Rivers, Prairie Island is a spiritual place for their people.
The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Mount Frontenac Golf Course, Dakota Station, and Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Treasure Island’s luxurious hotel became the second largest hotel in Minnesota in December 2017 with 788 guest rooms and suites. The Prairie Island Indian Community is proud to be Goodhue County’s largest employer and an important contributor to Minnesota’s economy. For more information visit www.TIcasino.com.