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.

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.

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.

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