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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2024

Community Health Fair "Your Health, Your Legacy - A Health Fair Empowering You To Make A Difference."

Jack and Jill of America, Inc will bring families together for a healthier future. As part of the 46th National Convention, Your Health, Engage in healthy heart, blood pressure, and kidney screenings as well as mental health, crown club and healthy kids eating activities. The American Red Cross will also host a blood drive.

Join some of our partners: American Heart Association, March of Dimes, St. Jude Hospital and the American Red Cross as we work together to empower healthy futures for African-American families.


Father’s Minnesota Twins versus Philadelphia Phillies

Join us for an exhilarating MLB baseball game at Target Field as the Minnesota Twins face off against the Phillies!  Jack and Jill’s fathers, be ready for a fun-filled day of sports and camaraderie.

Welcome Party Featuring DJ Vince Adams and Shelia E.

Kick off the 46th National Convention with an iconic Welcome Party!  DJ Vince Adams is a name that has resonated throughout the party scene for the past 25 years and one of the few Chicago DJs to personally spin for President Barack Obama. 

What better way to be welcomed to Minneapolis than by world famous Percussionist Shelia E.! Get ready to dance the night away to her hits "The Glamourous Life" and "Love Bizarre." This is your chance to mingle, make new friends, and set the tone for an incredible weekend ahead.


Father’s Networking Bro Breakfast

Join us for a powerful Father's Networking Breakfast featuring distinguished speaker, Billy Dexter!  Start your day with inspiration and practical advice on improving your networking game. Billy Dexter, acclaimed author of "Making Your Net Work: The Art and Science of Career and Business Networking," will share invaluable insights and strategies for building meaningful professional relationships that can propel your career forward.  In addition, we're delighted to welcome Dennis Ware, a respected Jack and Jill associate member, who will provide unique perspectives on networking and how we as Jack and Jill Fathers can take actionable steps to build out our collective network that includes our families.  As you enjoy a delicious breakfast, seize the opportunity to connect with fellow fathers, and exchange ideas, share experiences, and expand your network in a supportive and welcoming environment.

Father’s River Cruise on the St. Croix

Embark on a scenic journey along the tranquil waters of the St. Croix River in Minnesota with Stillwater River Boats. Relax and unwind as you glide past picturesque landscapes through the St. Croix National Riverway. Enjoy fellowship with fathers as you savor delectable cuisine, refreshing spirits, vibrant music, and games aboard the river cruise. While spending quality time with our fathers, the cruise offers the perfect opportunity for bonding and networking.

JJOA Family Night
“JJOA Family Night Sports Center, Celebrating the Sports Culture of Minneapolis"

Bring the whole family for an evening of laughter, games, and bonding at our Mid-Western Region Family Fun Night! From carnival games to interactive activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Create cherished memories with your loved ones as you partake in the fun-filled festivities.

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2024

Father’s Bro Breakfast about our Mental and Physical Health
Get ready for an inspiring Fathers Bro Breakfast featuring two remarkable speakers: Kenneth Poole, Jr., Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealth Group and Podcast Host, and Andrew Tyler, CEO/Founder of Tylerman Films, TV, & International Film Festival, and Director of "No Knock - No Charge: The Amir Locke Story."  Join us as Kenneth Poole, Jr. shares his insights on health, leadership, and personal development, drawing from his extensive experience as a medical professional and podcast host. Gain valuable perspectives on mental and physical health and wellness, as well as strategies for achieving success in your personal and professional life.  Additionally, Andrew Tyler will take you behind the scenes of his latest project, "No Knock - No Charge: The Amir Locke Story." Learn about the making of this powerful film and the important themes it explores and the impact it has on mental and physical health in our community. Leave with a morning of empowerment and community.

Father’s Tour of the Minnesota Vikings Training Facility
Immerse yourself in the world of football with a tour of the Minnesota Vikings Training Facility! Step inside the renowned home of the Vikings and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at where the magic happens. Explore state-of-the-art training facilities, locker rooms, and practice fields where the team hones their skills for game day glory. You'll learn about the team's history, training routines, and strategies for success. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just curious about the inner workings of professional football, this tour will be an unforgettable experience.

Father’s Bid Whist Competition
Join us for the ultimate Fathers Bid Whist Competition run by Las Vegas Tonight! Prepare for an evening of thrilling card games and high-stakes action. Test your skills at our Bid Whist tournament, where strategy and wit reign supreme. But the excitement doesn't stop there – take your chances at the blackjack or beat the house tables and walk away a winner. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at our unique pokerlette table, where the classic game of poker meets the excitement of roulette. With prizes, bragging rights, and endless fun on the line, join us for a night of unforgettable entertainment!

Election Party and Concert Featuring Bel Biv DeVoe (BBD)
Celebrate the "Masterpiece of Leadership" with BBD. The band is best known for their debut album, the multi-platinum selling Poison, a key work in the new jack swing movement of the 1990s that combined elements of traditional soul and R&B with hip hop


Father’s Shotgun Clay Shooting Competition
Join us at the South Saint Paul Sportsmen Club, home to an exhilarating sporting clay course! The wooded course offers a thrilling experience for clay shooting enthusiasts of all skill levels. Navigate through various stations, each presenting unique challenges to test your marksmanship. Whether you're a seasoned shooter or new to the sport, the knowledgeable staff will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Father’s Social and Lawn Bowling

Join us for a memorable Father's Social at Brit's Pub with fellow dads for an evening of reflecting and relaxation. Weather permitting, we'll enjoy the afternoon air as we sip bourbon or your drink of choice and puff on cigars on the outdoor patio.  A buffet spread is on the menu with something to please every palate.  And for some added fun, we'll engage in the classic lawn bowling game on Brit's Pub meticulously manicured lawn. Grab your best cigar and join us at Brit's Pub for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship!

Closing Gala, "A Crystal Night in Lights" with Jay Ellis

Celebrate the Masterpiece of Legacy at 46th National Convention Gala hosted by Jay Ellis. Mr. Ellis the is an LA-based actor, writer, director, and producer. He is best known for his role s ‘Lawrence’ on HBO’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated series Insecure, created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore. Ellis also played ‘Lt. Reuben ‘Playback’ Fitch in the recent box-office hit Top Gun: Maverick. Ellis most recently appeared opposite Alison Brie in the Amazon Prime romantic comedy, Somebody I Used to Know. Jay won a 2018 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor” in a Comedy Series. Jay also starred as ‘Bryce “Blue” Westbrook’ on the hit BET series The Game from 2013-2015. Jay served as the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Spokesman. The Obama administration requested him to speak and moderate a panel at the White House for the final My Brother’s Keeper summit.

Music Entertainment Provided by Gritz and Jelly Butter Band.