Merrick, Inc.'s 3rd Annual Empower! Lunch

You're Invited

We’re pleased to announce the return of Merrick, Inc.’s Empower! Lunch on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Join us for this free event in which we will highlight why our community is better because of the services we provide and inspire guests to financially support our mission to empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and guide them toward realizing their goals and dreams.

Although registration for the event is free, donations are requested. If you intend to join us as a guest on October 14, please register using our online form.

When   Thursday, October 14, 2021
Where   Vadnais Heights Commons
    655 East Country Road F
    Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
    See Google Maps
Schedule   11:30 am – Check-In & Lunch
    12:00-1:00 pm – Program

Questions? Please contact Megan Kuneli at (651) 789-6207 or

Keynote Speaker Matt Birk

This year’s event will feature Super Bowl Champion and former Minnesota Viking Matt Birk as our keynote speaker. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Matt Birk was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998. A six-time Pro Bowl Selection and two-time All Pro, Matt proved to be an undisputed leader on the field and was named the sixth smartest athlete by Sporting News. More importantly, he has established a legacy of community service that will last far beyond his years of football.

Table Hosts

Being a table host is one of the most impactful ways you can influence the success of Merrick’s Empower! Lunch and support our mission to empower adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. As a table host, you will be asked to identify and invite guests to sit at your table. Tables are set for 8 (including you). Your guests may include friends, co-workers, family members, neighbors, and people whose business you patronize. Any individual, couple, company, or group can be a table host.

If you are interesting in hosting a table or are considering being a table host, please contact Megan Kuneli at (651) 789-6207 or You may also sign up to be a table host using our online form.


We have several different sponsorship levels available. For a complete list of sponsorships and their benefits, view our Sponsorship Levels & Benefits sheet.
Sponsorship Level Summary of Benefits
$5,000 Presenting Sponsor Recognition on all event promotional material
$3,000 Speaker Sponsor Opportunity to introduce speaker at event
$2,500 Empower Sponsor Personal/company profile in event newsletter and social media
$1,000 Goal Sponsor Branded table at event
$500 Dream Sponsor Recognition on event sign
$250 Advocate Sponsor Recognition on event webpage
$100 Patron Sponsor Recognition in event program and on social media

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Please consider patronizing the business sponsors.

Coming soon!


Merrick, Inc.
3210 Labore Road
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110

Contact Us
(651) 789-6200