Benefits & Fundraisers


To celebrate its 28th anniversary, destination pet supplies store Chuck & Don’s will hold an company-wide birthday bash and inaugural adoption event at most locations throughout Minnesota and Colorado. The events, which will take place simultaneously on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, will celebrate 28 years of business by providing activities to customers while supporting local pet adoption organizations.

"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.

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.

27th Crime Prevention Golf Classic Fundraiser

The Crime Prevention Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit. Your sponsorship, participation, and donations help fund DARE, Scholarships for Westonka and Orono HS graduates, Youth, Neighborhood and Elder Crime Prevention events, Safety Awareness and other educational programs and services that support Crime Free Safe Communities for the people and schools sever by the Orono and Minnetrista police departments.

Community Breakfast

You are invited to join your friends, neighbors and community members at the Annual Community Breakfast to benefit Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) on Thursday, April 27, at the Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Boulevard in Mound.

The event will run from 7 to 8:30 a.m., with registration starting at 6:45 a.m. This year’s featured speaker is Kevin Borg, Superintendent of Westonka Schools. Borg’s topic will be “Celebrating a Century and Beyond” in recognition of the district’s centennial this year.  

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Presents "Celebrating Danceland: 1904-1968"

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society (ELMHS) will present “Celebrating Danceland: 1904-1968” on May 9, 2018 at the Old Log Theatre, 5185 Meadville Street, Greenwood, MN. The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with a “mini-exhibit” of historic Danceland artifacts and photos and will include Excelsior Brewing Company’s “Big Reggie’s Rootbeer,” a cash bar, gourmet popcorn, a raffle, and a trivia contest.

We Can Ride 23rd Annual Chefs' Brigade Dinner

What:  We Can Ride's 23rd
Annual Chefs' Brigade Dinner will celebrate New Beginnings this year in honor
of the successful move to the Medina location in the Three Rivers Park
District.  The event will be held at the Edinburgh Country Club and will
be emceed by KARE11's own Jeff Edmondson. The evening will commence with a
silent auction, photo booth, raffles, and an array of appetizers.  A
plated multi-course dinner will be served by a team of talented Twin Cities
chefs, and will be accompanied by a live auction, inspirational speakers,

Charlene's 5K Dog Run

Join The Brain Injury Research Lab and the Hennepin Health Foundation for Charlene’s 5K Dog Run. They encourage every human with or without a four-legged friend to participate in enjoying the park, outdoor exercise, and raising money for a unique cause.


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