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Ordinary Magic 2023

An Annual Community Celebration and Fundraiser in Support of Wilder's Mission


Together we raised more than $370,000 in support of the people and families that Wilder serves!


We are so grateful for everyone who joined us for Ordinary Magic on Thursday, May 4. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the resilience and accomplishments of people in our community. Thanks to all of our guests, volunteers and sponsors for supporting the event and Wilder's mission!



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Videos from the Event

Longtime Wilder supporters Craig and Kathy Binger welcomed guests to the event and shared their connection to Wilder that spans generations. 

Hear examples of how Wilder Research and direct services staff partner to have the greatest impact possible. 

A woman (Shamara Butler) behind a podium speaking at an event at Wilder Center.

I know I’m here today because of every obstacle Noah and I have had to wade through… And as a mother, I can stand a little taller, I can push a little harder, I can climb a little higher… and I know I am elevating myself and those around me.

Shamara, parent of a Child Development Center student

Your support of Wilder’s mission helps provide

Wilder gave us so much - they gave John mental stimulation and activities with dignity and compassion. They helped me process my grief, learn about caregiving and showed me that sorrow and hope can and do co-exist.

Chris, caregiver who used Wilder Healthy Aging and Caregiving Services

Thank you, Ordinary Magic Committee!

Ordinary Magic Committee: Dana Bloyer, Julie Brunner, John Gauger, Robyn Hansen, Stephanie Johnson, Judy Kishel, Maggie O’Gara, Kate Pearce, Sue Piva, Kathryn Schleich, Katie Schmidt, Stephanie Wolkin and more than 40 volunteers and staff that help make Ordinary Magic a success every year!


Thank you to our generous sponsors for making Wilder's annual celebration and fundraiser possible this year!

Presenting Sponsor

The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation, a sponsor of Wilder's 2019 Ordinary Magic

Platinum Sponsors

Ciresi-Conlin logo


Gold sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Andersen Windows & Doors, an Ordinary Magic sponsor





Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Aon Corporation logo



Bell Bank logo
Brown & Brown, a sponsor of Ordinary Magic






Capital Maintenance logo



CyberAdvisors, a sponsor of Wilder Ordinary Magic




Delta Dental




Gardner Builders logo


Heacox Hartman logo



Lockton logo




NCCO logo



Nilan Johnson Lewis logo



speece thorson capital group



Additional Sponsorship Support From:

Modern Heating & Air

Thank you to the businesses that donated to the Ordinary Magic auction!

Stories of Ordinary Magic

Preschool-age boy wearing blue graduation cap and gown

The McKinney family chose the Child Development Center for its diversity and focus on kindergarten readiness in a supportive environment

When Lawrence and Charmaine McKinney started looking for child care for their oldest child, they wanted to find something near their neighborhood. They also wanted an opportunity to interact with a racially and ethnically diverse group o...More about this story »