2022 Avivo Night of Champions Entertainment

Avivo Night of Champions is an amazing evening where we honor champions who maximize and propel Avivo’s mission and gather to support Avivo to ensure everyone has the chance to live well and work well. We are EXCITED to be back in-person at The Depot in Minneapolis. We will be presenting the 2022 Avivo Champion Awards to recipients, honoring their longstanding dedication and support. Share an evening with us and hear inspiring speakers and entertainers!

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Keynote Speaker

Sean Sherman
Founder/CEO Chef, The Sioux Chef

Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, has been cooking across the U.S. and world for the last 30 years. His main culinary focus has been on the revitalization and awareness of Indigenous food systems in a modern culinary context. With co-owner Dana Thompson, he opened The Sioux Chef in 2014 as a caterer and food educator. The Sioux Chef team works to make Indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible. Chef Sean and Dana opened the highly acclaimed, full-service Indigenous restaurant Owamni in Minneapolis’ downtown riverfront in 2021. Chef Sean and his vision of modern Indigenous foods have been featured in numerous articles and radio shows, along with dinners at the James Beard House in Manhattan and Milan, along with teaching and sharing his knowledge to gatherings and crowds at Yale, the Culinary Institute of America, the United Nations, and many more.


Kiya Edwards
News Reporter, KARE 11 

Kiya Edwards is a news reporter currently working at KARE-11 News in the Twin Cities. She has worked at several stations, nationally and internationally. She worked previously at KSDK News in St. Louis, Missouri, and KWQC-TV6 News in Davenport, Iowa. She also worked at Africa 24 Media, based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she travelled internationally, covering various stories within each place. You can catch Kiya on KARE-11 News at 5 and 6 PM, Monday through Friday, or connect with her on social media.


Harley Wood

Harley Wood is an accomplished vocalist, performer and songwriter. He has extensive experience in stage and studio production, engineering, choreography, working as a band leader and performer, with an impressive collaborative list of established artists and entertainers. He has training in theatre, voice and stage performance (solo and collaborative), and he is a self-taught musician including acoustic and electric guitar, bass, percussion and keyboard instrumentation.


George Maurer

Minneapolis-based pianist George Maurer is well-known for his work as a performer, arranger, music director and jazz composer. He’s performed with Eric Clapton, shared the stage with Bruno Mars, and served as symphonic music director of the Midtown Men, featuring members of Broadway’s original Grammy-awarded and Tony-winning “Jersey Boys” cast. His arrangements have been debuted and performed by symphonies across the U.S. His numerous awards and appointments include two McKnight Composer Fellowships (2014, 2021), and he has been called upon to compose and arrange music for film, theater and ballet.