Giving Back

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.

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.

In the checkout lanes at Cub Foods in Minnetonka, there’s more than chewing gum and magazines. Sometimes there are high school tennis players asking to bag your groceries.

Twenty-six years ago, a 10th grade student in Montana approached retreat leader Joe Cavanaugh and said, “There are these kids at school who make fun of me every day. Can you do anything to stop them?”

Barry and Carmen Nordstrand, Beth LaBreche and Eric Johnson recently hosted an event benefitting College Possible, which included an exclusive private performance from Nicholas David of The Voice. All photos by Molly Ladwig.

As the Skippers Booster Club celebrates its 40th anniversary, current members reflect on the legacy the club has built.

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