Benefits & Fundraisers

"Cody's Dash for Down Syndrome"

2018 “Cody’s Dash for Down Syndrome” is on Sat. June 16th at Central Park in Hopkins.  Our event is a 5K run/walk family event, with a kid’s dash, kid’s games, face painting, balloon artists, FREE Dilly Bars, live music, food trucks and much more!!! All of the proceeds from our event support the FREE therapeutic, educational, and social programs for children and adults with Down syndrome, at “Gigi’s Playhouse” in St. Louis Park. Read more about "Cody's Dash for Down Syndrome"

Reach for Ralph

Hammer Residences, Inc. is a Minnesota non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 1923 by Alvina Hammer, Hammer provides residential caring support for adult and children with developmental disabilities. Hammer Residences, Inc. serves more than 1500 individuals with a wide range of intellectual disabilities like Autism and Down syndrome. Hammer serves 284 people in 36 homes and 10 apartment complexes in the western metro of the Twin Cities. We also provide specialized services to more than 1,600 individuals in their homes. Read more about Reach for Ralph

Valley Vine & Harvest Throwdown

Chefs to compete for Top Chef honor at
charity event celebrating fall’s bounty

Proceeds
of 9th Annual Valley Vine & Harvest Throwdown will benefit
Canvas Health’s mental health services

Lake
Elmo, Minnesota - On Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, seven local chefs will take part in
an epic culinary competition with the goal of raising money for local mental
health programs, substance use programs, and Minnesota’s suicide prevention
phone lines. Read more about Valley Vine & Harvest Throwdown

BOOK LAUNCH: Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill

Join us on Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 pm at the Stillwater Public Library after you are done watching the pumpkins get weighed at Harvest Fest, to help us celebrate Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill.  This is a new book set in Stillwater during Harvest Fest! What do giant pumpkins, tap dancing, cellos, a table saw, Charlotte’s Web, and J.S. Bach have in common? Join us to make the connections! Author Melanie Heuiser Hill will welcome you with music, food, and readings ... the very best kind of book celebration! Read more about BOOK LAUNCH: Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Twin Cities

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against this disease!

Take the first step by finding a Walk near you. Once you register, you’ll have access to a wide range of tools and support through your customized Participant Center. Join us and lead the way to Alzheimer's first survivor. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease! Read more about Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Twin Cities

Breanna’s Star: a Night of Art, Celebration and Giving

Breanna’s Star is a Night of Art, Celebration and Giving in support of Breanna’s Gift, an organization bringing classes & workshops in visual arts, dance, music, theater and “Art Takeout” to children at Ronald McDonald House Upper Midwest and Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The event includes appetizers, wine and beer, silent and live auctions, a make-it-yourself art project and entertainment by country/rock/swing band Trailer Trash. Attire is casual. Read more about Breanna’s Star: a Night of Art, Celebration and Giving

Alzheimer’s Association Purple Gala – 25th Anniversary

The
Alzheimer’s Association annual Purple Gala is a time to celebrate and honor the
lives of people impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The evening
includes a reception and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner, live
auction, entertainment, and after party with a live band. Proceeds from the
Gala raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

  Read more about Alzheimer’s Association Purple Gala – 25th Anniversary

Plaid Friday

From the organizer:

For the second year in a row, dozens of local retailers will participate in an alternative campaign to Black Friday, known as Plaid Friday. Started five years ago in Oakland, Calif., Plaid Friday encourages consumers to put their holiday gift dollars back into the local economy by shopping at stores in their own communities. Read more about Plaid Friday

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