Giving Back

A hat made by Excelsior company Summit Creek Hat Co.

Excelsior native Tony Filippi founded Summit Creek Hat Co. last summer, inspired to create a line of hats and other products that make the wearer think about their favorite places in the world.

Joe Ryan, CEO and owner of Oppidan Investment Company

Joe Ryan’s worldview is simple: leave the world better than you found it.

As the CEO and owner of Oppidan Investment Company, a national property development firm based in Excelsior, Ryan knows he—and Oppidan—can make a real difference in the communities they serve.

Top Dog Foundation, Lake Minnetonka

While Top Dog Country Club has earned the unofficial title of the “un-kennel,” boasting Club Med-style digs for dogs when their owners are away, behind the hotel lies a cause that’s close to the owner’s heart

Volunteers clean up a beach

The next time you plan a trip (even here in the states), think about how you might do some volunteering while you’re there.

The Minnetonka Climate Initiative, a group dedicated to curbing the effects of climate change.

A group of high school students creates a climate report card for the city of Minnetonka.

In September, award-winning former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby and Minnesota Public Radio’s chief meteorologist Paul Huttner were the featured speakers at a private event in support of the Great Plain Institute (GPI).

A Helping Paws service dog gets a pet from a man.

Service dogs are making a difference in Hopkins.

"Grandma" Esther Begman with Candice Ledman and her daughters, with Ledman's Leo Weiss Courage to Teach Award.

This spring, one Wayzata teacher received the Leo Weiss Courage to Teach Award for her commitment to Holocaust education. The award—which is named for the late Leo Weiss, a Holocaust survivor and Minn.

Wayzata resident Gary Marquardt plays a bugle.

Wayzata resident Gary Marquardt will be very busy on Veterans Day, as he is every year, by choice … even though he is not a military veteran.

Food has a way of bringing people together—from Sunday brunch with a good friend to experiencing the food of another culture for the first time. We bake cookies for new neighbors, celebrate accomplishments with steak dinners and so on.

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