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ARTcetera 2019 Quick Facts


Who:              The Miller-Dwan Foundation’s best ARTcetera yet.

What:             Gourmet dinner extravaganza and auction gala with an impressive selection of one-of-a-kind vacation experiences, luxury services, elegant dinner parties, unique jewelry and original artwork.

Where:          The space that was formerly Younkers.

When:            Friday, September 20, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to midnight.

Program:       Social hour, a not-so-silent silent auction, dinner and live auction.

Attendance:  250 of our region’s most prominent and philanthropic community members.


For 20 years, the Miller-Dwan Foundation has hosted ARTcetera, our region’s leading fundraising event designed to transform healthcare in our area. Every year, we receive remarkable, and often one-of-a-kind donations from our community’s businesses, citizens and beyond – all because people like you believe in the Foundation’s work and the difference we make right here in our own region. These gifts have helped us realize net event proceeds of over $3 million – a true testament to the work we are able to do with your generous support.


Over the years, ARTcetera proceeds have filled healthcare gaps and created some of our area’s most meaningful healthcare options – options that serve you, your employees, neighbors and loved ones. By donating to ARTcetera, you can create healthier people, healthier families and a healthier community.


Auction Donor Recognition:

  • Full page dedication to donor/company in auction catalog, mailed prior to the event
  • Donation and donor name on display on online auction website
  • Donation and donor name on display at the event
  • Donor/company name in the Miller-Dwan Foundation Annual Report


Auction Donor Benefits:

  • Increasing brand awareness for you and your business
  • Marketing your work/brand directly to a targeted audience of high net worth consumers
  • Associating your work/brand with a proven and respected non-profit organization
  • Demonstrating your support for taking bold steps to create change in our community
  • Emphasizing your community leadership in advancing healthcare in our region


Event Proceeds:

Rehabilitation Services at Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center

The Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center is a leader in the delivery of individualized, specialized medical rehabilitation. Polinsky provides state-of-the art, comprehensive, multidisciplinary outpatient medical rehabilitation services to children and adults.

Polinsky utilizes a team-centered approach where patients and families collaborate with physicians, therapists, and others to provide the best possible care. Polinsky is known as a premier medical rehabilitation provider throughout the northern-tier of the United States.

With help from the Miller-Dwan Foundation and ARTcetera 2019, the Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center will be able to grow state-of-the-art rehabilitation care right here in our region by:

  • Introducing new patient care programs
  • Expanding cutting-edge technologies with robotics, apps, etc.
  • Transforming the space to better serve patients
  • Providing a place to treat both the patient and their families
  • Facilitating support groups


Unique Number of Adult Patients Served in 2018: 969

Number of visits for adults

  • Physical Therapy: 3,771
  • Occupational Therapy: 2,523
  • Speech Therapy: 3,268
  • Psychology: 855

Unique Number of Pediatric Patients Served in 2018: 1,440

Number of visits for children:

  • Physical Therapy: 4,474
  • Occupational Therapy: 7,555
  • Speech Therapy: 11,105
  • Psychology: 1,253


Thank you

If you’ve been a Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center donor, if you’ve experienced Polinsky’s state-of-the-art equipment, if you’ve been involved in ARTcetera in the past, thank you. Thank you for caring so much about your community and the people of our region.


About the Miller-Dwan Foundation

  • Creating impactful community initiatives
  • Filling healthcare gaps
  • Improving the health of people in our region
  • Your healthcare Foundation

The Miller-Dwan Foundation is the only independent, public, medical foundation in the region, and we’re here, as a charitable organization, to support and promote your commitment to the health and well-being of the people in our communities. We carry out the wishes of our donors while improving the delivery of health care services, supporting health care education and advancing treatment through medical research.

Recent major projects created with ARTcetera funds include:

Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health, located in the Miller-Dwan Building of Essentia Health. Providing highly effective acute care in a freshly transformed environment, designed for optimal behavioral healthcare outcomes.

Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being, a highly effective, innovative and accessible mental health care option for young people from birth to age 25 and their families.

Solvay Hospice House Compassionate Care Legacy Fund, providing a beautiful, peaceful, residential hospice facility for people at the end-of-life and their loved ones.

Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center, providing timely, accurate information regarding cancer diagnosis, treatment options, lifestyle considerations and compassionate support through group and individual activities.

As the area’s largest medical foundation, we have provided more than $32,000,000 in project support to critical healthcare needs by working with Essentia Health-Duluth (formerly Miller- Dwan Medical Center), Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center and more than 50 other regional nonprofit organizations which address community health concerns.

By partnering with businesses, organizations, individuals and families, our funding makes a real difference to the people of our region; it makes our community a better place to live and work.

Please learn more about the Miller-Dwan Foundation at www.mdfoundation.org.