Father’s Eve 2019


(Pictured from left to right: Andrew Freeberg, Guy Bowling and John Francis)


Founded in a St. Paul garage in 2012, Father’s Eve quickly grew from its humble beginnings to a night out for dads in 48 states and select cities in Canada and Mexico.

Father’s Eve is a grassroots event hosted the night before Father’s Day, with a focus on building a network of dads and increasing awareness of the importance of fatherhood and having fun, all while raising funds for nonprofit agencies that support fathers. For the fourth consecutive year, Father’s Eve Founder John Francis has selected GESMN’s FATHER Project as one of two beneficiaries for this year’s event.

“John approached us about participating in Father’s Eve back in spring 2016,” recalls Andrew Freeberg, director of community programing at GESMN. “FATHER Project’s partnership with Father’s Eve is a perfect match as we have a shared goal of promoting the importance of positive, involved dads.”

Over the past three years, Father’s Eve attendees have raised thousands of dollars for FATHER Project, but raising funds is only the tip of the iceberg when discussing the impacts of the collaboration.

“The event has led to new personal and business relationships for our fathers and increased our network of resources in terms of in-kind services,” says Guy Bowling, manager of FATHER Project. “We have also collaborated on many other local initiatives from the International Fatherhood Conference to our annual recognition dinner.”

While the event grows every year, the mission remains the same.

“It is still all about connecting dads,” says John Francis. “Being a dad is the most important work of my life and we feel it is important to support the full spectrum of dads, which is why we align with FATHER Project and the National At-Home Dad Network.”

“We would love to continue to build upon the relationship with Father’s Eve and their goal of 100 sites throughout the country celebrating fatherhood,” explains Guy Bowling. “Growing this event is a great way to increase awareness for the need of fatherhood programs and resources in every community and is a great way to provide direct support for fathers as they strive for long-term financial stability for themselves, their children and their families.”

GESMN and FATHER Project would like to thank John Francis, the leadership of Father’s Eve and all the dads who attend these national events for their continued support of the FATHER Project.

To learn more about FATHER Project’s mission to assist fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally click here.

For more information on Father’s Eve or registering for this year’s events in Minnesota and Wisconsin, click here.