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Ordinary Magic 2024

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


Celebrate and build community with Wilder!

Join us for Ordinary Magic on Thursday, May 2, 2024, for a magical evening in support of Wilder and the people and families that we serve. The evening features a reception with activities and an auction, plus light dinner and an inspiring program hosted right at Wilder Center.

Let’s celebrate the power of Ordinary Magic to transform lives. The event helps raise critical funds to fuel Wilder’s mission to improve lives today and for generations to come by combining knowledge, compassion and action.


Host a table or purchase tickets

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Ordinary Magic is held at Wilder Center in the midway neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Tables will be seated together. Seating is limited so reserve your tickets today!

New this year: To prioritize the comfort of our guests we have a variety of table sizes for you to reserve, please select the table size or number of seats that work best for your group. If you have any special requests for your group's seating arrangement, please contact us at magic@wilder.org.

Bid in our online auction

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The auction features packages from local businesses, day trip and overnight destinations, and some fun family outings. Auction preview begins on April 18 and bidding begins April 25 and closes on May 2. 

Thank you to the generous donors who contributed to our auction!

Take advantage of our early bird sale now!

 Prices increase to $150 per ticket on March 15.

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Make an early gift in support of Wilder's fund-a-need. Gifts to Wilder help 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: Julie Brunner, Christina Cooley, Stephanie Johnson, Judy Kishel, Maggie O’Gara, Kate Pearce, Sue Piva, Kathryn Schleich, Carla Sellner, Katie Schmidt, Stephanie Wolkin, Pahoua Yang Hoffman and more than 40 volunteers 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

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Bronze Sponsors

Brown & Brown, a sponsor of Ordinary Magic






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Thank you to the businesses that donated to the 2023 Ordinary Magic auction!

Stories of Ordinary Magic

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. 

Stories of Ordinary Magic

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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 »