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.

The final step to becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank for a Boy Scout of America, is to plan and complete a service project. For his project, local Boy Scout Tony Lindholm, age 18, designed a mud kitchen for St.

The members of LeagueAires are all about spreading music. The women’s vocal group, sponsored by the Junior League of Minneapolis, brings the joy of music to older adults and people with special needs, performing at nursing homes, rehab centers and other venues.

There are times when the most dire and barren circumstances produce bountiful sources of inspiration. Dr. Merlin Antunez, a native Honduran, recalls the deaths of two of his siblings when they were barely toddlers.

In the 2005 novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 9-year-old protagonist Liesel Meminger turns to literature to cope with living in Nazi-occupied Germany during World War II. Liesel steals books from a local library, teaching herself to read amid the chaos and despair surrounding her.

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals group promotes professional development and community engagement for the chamber’s younger members.

When you strip away all the consumerism and commercialism that make up a 21st-century holiday season, you can still find plenty of timeless kindness in the Lake Minnetonka area.

St. David’s Center senior director of pediatric therapy and autism services Beth Fagin was recently named the 2015 Transformational Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Tucked away off County Road 16, just minutes outside of Orono, the Garden of the Sleeping Angels is a memorial for babies lost during pregnancy or infancy.

For children living in the Lake Minnetonka area, attending school primarily means freedom to learn.

Since 2006, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation of Saint Paul has been preparing children for school through their annual backpack and school supply drive. “The goal is to remove the burden of cost to families who are often sending multiple kids back to school,” says drive organizer Laura Brown.