Giving Back

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“A daisy is a sign of spring and renewal.
LaDonna Hoy has helped numerous lake-area families overcome poverty in the last 35 years.

For the past 35 years, Wayzata resident LaDonna Hoy has worked day in and day out to help people lift themselves out of poverty.

Rev. John Lee and his son Soren planted fresh produce in a family plot at St. Luke’s.

Think back to the last time you ate an apple, peeled a potato or sliced a pepper. Did you wonder what journey it took to get from farm to store to you? When eating pineapple in the dead of winter requires just a trip to the store, it’s easy to forget where our food actually comes from.

Maynard’s Restaurant in Excelsior is known for its waterside views, magnificent setting and delicious food (why, hello there, walleye fingers with house-made tartar sauce). But this local joint also prides itself on giving back to the community it serves.

When Alexandra Riffle and Courtney Simonson launched the @MWHSPride Twitter handle and blog “170 Days of #MWHSPride,” the Mound Westonka High School seniors weren’t trying to make a statement.

In early October 2013, Minnetonka-based designer Sussan Mahjouri and internationally renowned explorer Ann Bancroft came together to host a fundraiser for the Ann Bancroft Foundation.

In early November, the ALS Association, Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota, celebrated its 11th annual Light the Journey fundraiser.

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