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Events

PACER holds several special events throughout the year, and community involvement is always appreciated through volunteers, corporate sponsorships, and attendance at the events! If you would like more information on how you can make a difference, please contact PACER Center at 952-838-9000.

PACER’s Annual Benefit

PACER’s annual Benefit supports our programs for children with disabilities and their families as well as PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The evening includes the amazing live and silent auctions, followed by the performance. Each year PACER features an amazing performer—check back to see who it will be!

PACER Symposium for Children's Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

This is an outstanding learning opportunity for general education teachers, administrators, and parents interested in understanding more about mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults. The day features both keynote and breakout workshop speakers. The Symposium is held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Registration is $30 and includes lunch as well as six hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for educators. Registration opens in mid-May!

Run Walk Roll Against Bullying

Kick off National Bullying Prevention Month in October by joining together at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minn., for PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying. The event is sponsored by the Friends of PACER. This fun family event raises awareness and funds for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. It includes a four-mile run and a two-mile fun walk/roll followed by presentations, speakers, and live music.

Raise A Glass - A Toast to PACER

(A Beer and Wine Tasting Event)
Come sample some of the best that Minnesota’s local brewers and winemakers have to offer at “Raise a Glass – A Toast to PACER,” hosted by PACER’s Young Professional Advisory Board and Friends of PACER. Enjoy live music and lots of fun while supporting PACER’s work on behalf of children and families.

Family Fun Day and Tech Expo — Simon Technology Center

From high-tech gadgets to technology that supports everything from play to learning to employment, there will be plenty to explore and try at the Simon Technology Center Family Fun Day and Tech Expo. Come explore the possibilities of assistive technology and enjoy interacting with a variety of devices for children, teens, and adults. Explore our Innovation Lab, learn to code robots, attend story time, and get creative with accessible art and do-it-yourself activities. This event is free but advance registration is encouraged.

Fun Times Youth Event Group

Fun Times is a volunteer, social program that connects teens and young adults with and without disabilities. The Fun Times concept was originally created by Win Bennett, the sibling of a teen with a disability, and other high school students. His idea: to create a program where kids can meet and go out on the weekend to hang out like any other teen.

Parent Leadership Training

Build capacity and confidence to advocate effectively within the special education process. Become familiar with the wide range of resources PACER offers parents. Learn how services on a child's IEP are based on the needs identified in the child's school district Evaluation. Gain experience teaching other parents to identify gaps in their children’s IEP services and supports Network with other Minnesota parents of children with disabilities.

Unity Day, Unite Against Bullying

If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.