Military Appreciation Night - Tuesday April 4, 2023

Military Appreciation Night is back for its 9th consecutive year at the Twin Cities Auto Show, sponored by Toyota.

The Twin Cities Auto Show is open 4pm-9pm on Military Appreciation Night! 

Join us for a day of community and support at the “Heroes Hub” during the Twin Cities Auto Show. Meet and connect with non-profits and local service providers dedicated to serving current and former military members and their families.


Discover resources and learn about the programs and services available to help you navigate the unique challenges of military life.

All heroes and their families are welcome!

There will be military-themed exhibits,  and a Ceremony at 7:00pm with donations given to both the DAV and MAC-V.


On Tuesday, April 4th, all active military and veterans will receive FREE Entrance to the Twin Cities Auto Show!
Guests and family members accompanying military professionals will receive $7 off gate admission.  

7:00 pm Ceremony includes:
 - Color Guard and speaker (TBA)
 - Donation presentation to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and MAC-V (MN Assistance Council for Veterans) 

 - Contest winners from the VFW and the American Legion posts will be presented with a $1,000 check each

 2021 Check Ceremony of $40,500 to the DAV of Minnesota Left to right: Mary Velline, GMADA, Staff Sargeant Ava Penner from the 34th Infantry Band, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Johanna Clyborne, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Commander Ron Haugen and DAV Foundation Chair Mark Jarzewski, Eva Jelink, Toyota, Scott Lambert, GMADA  

2023 Check Ceremony of $40,000 to the DAV of Minnesota (Left)

Left to right: Scott Lambert, GMADA, Tim Carter, GMADA,   Ellsworth Fields, Senior Vice Commander of the DAV of Minnesota, and service on the DAV Foundation Board, Mary Velline, GMADA, Michael Horejsi, Toyota, 

2023 Check Ceremony of $40,000 to the Mac-V(Right)
Left to right: Reg Chapman, WCCO,  Jon Lovald, Chef Operationg Office of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, or MACV, Tim Carter, GMADA, Mary Velline, GMADA,  Michael Horejsi, Toyota,  Scott Lambert, GMADA

Military Appreciation Night Post Contest 

The Twin Cities Auto Show wants to celebrate the Heroes who served our country in our time of need and continue to serve their community. 

We invite you to submit your Post to be recognised for your service to the community. 


We believe that nobody does more for veterans than members of your organizations and we want to recognize your service! This contest was open to all American Legion and VFW posts. 

Entrants must  submit pictures and descriptions of their post's serivce in the community and why they should be choosen as a VIP! 

Each winning post will receive:

$1,000 check to be presented at our Military Appreciation Night Ceremony

VIP tickets for up to 25 people from their Post on Military Appreciation Night

Fast pass to all track and driving experiences

Free mobility device rental, where needed. 



Winner from 2023 are:

American Legion Post 501, Woodbury

American Legion 45, New Prague

American Legion 228, Waseca

American Legion 489, Underwood

VFW 9625, Coon Rapids



*The Twin Cities Auto Show will also be celebrating winners and nominees on social media and 



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