Benefits & Fundraisers

Cody's Dash

This year marks the fourth annual Cody's Dash for Down Syndrome to benefit GiGi's Playhouse! Get moving for a great cause. Sign up for a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile walk, or a kids' dash, followed by an afternoon of big fun: music, face painting, food trucks, balloons and more.

All proceeds will benefit GiGi's Playhouse and the free programs and services they provide to the Down syndrome community throughout the Twin Cities. 

Lake Minnetonka Sailing School Annual Fundraiser Event

Our annual fundraiser event on Lighthouse Island is THE kick off to the summer social season. The live auction is always interactive and lively as guests bid on ski trips, guided fishing outings, mountain homes and private tours aboard classic boats, and more. 

2nd Annual Chanhassen Charity Car Show

Youngsteds Companies and KleinBank are teaming up to host the 2nd Annual Chanhassen Charity Car Show.

This show is free to the public and is great family fun. The event features over 100 classic and exotic cars including a replica of the Batmobile from the 1960's TV series Batman.  There will be local actors in costume as characters from the Batman series, food, and a bouncy castle for kids.

Wayzata Empty Bowls

Come to the Wayzata High School cafeteria for a one-of-a-kind food drive. Join local art students raising money for IOCP Food Shelf. Purchase a handmade ceramic bowl from an art student, then enjoy a bowl of soup and delicious bread. Suggested donation $10; 763.489.7500.

Memorial Day "Murph" in the Park!

Stop by Excelsior Commons Park this Memorial Day to support local athletes as they complete a grueling fitness challenge, to benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation. Local beer, food, and merchandise vendors will be available to the public. The event also features a live DJ, a US Army rock climbing wall, and ex Navy SEALS parachuting into the park! Stick around for the Excelsior Memorial Day Parade at noon for great family fun!

Sing-along Sound of Music

The hills are alive at this fun event, where audience members are invited to sing along with the familiar tunes of Sound of Music. The classic film will be projected on a giant screen, with subtitles for the audience to interact and jump into the action. Costumes are encouraged; prizes will be given for the best costumes in a contest occurring a half hour prior to each show. 

Caring Youth Recognition

Minnetonka, in conjunction with Golden Valley and Hopkins, recognizes inspiring youth each year. Congratulate them along with the Minnetonka and Hopkins school districts, as well as the Glen Lake Optimists. A “caring youth” identifies a need in his or her community and volunteers to make a difference. A selection committee votes on nominees.

Luck o’ the Lake 5K Run

Channel the luck of the Irish on the day o’ the green (or close to it). Sponsored by the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce and Jake O’Connors, the 5K Fun Run invites all participants to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. The Commons Workplace will be on hand to offer complimentary beverages post-race, as well as pre- and post-run yoga sessions. Runners are encouraged to fundraise, and all proceeds benefit the Excelsior Fourth of July fund and other Excelsior events. 

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