Giving Back

The 11th Annual Girl’s Night Out event was held at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. The event raised more than $4,000 for Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, which connects those facing breast cancer with resources and financial assistance. 

A decade ago, Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, wanted to make a difference. Specifically, she wanted to assist an organization in her area, the Center for Family Health, with their need for mattresses, blankets and beds.

Most people in Maple Grove are aware that the Osseo Area School District encompasses a very large population of students (more than 20,000), constitutes the fifth largest school district in the state, and draws from an area over 66 square miles.

Wastebasket Revue (WBR) first started in 1967 when Osseo district music teacher/ supervisor Duayne Malewicki suggested finding a unique way to raise scholarship funds for graduating seniors.

The women in the Vino 16 wine group have been meeting monthly for more than ten years, tasting wine and sharing life experiences. In recent years, the group decided to contribute a few dollars each month toward helping out families in need.

Since the opening of Maple Grove Hospital five years ago, the Knitting Grandmas have been crafting hats for each and every baby born there. Founded by Molly Sullivan and two other women, the group of about 50 knitters is now co-led by Jerry Enders and Kim Wood.

Dave McCarty, the current pastor of outreach and mission at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, took his first trip to the Dominican Republic in 2001 (during his tenure with a different church).

A few years ago, Osseo resident Elie Bengston and her husband where traveling in Door County, Wisconsin when she saw a mosaic that inspired her to start a similar project in her own community.

As a finalist for Allstate’s Ray Lynch Community Service Award, Greg Sniezek received a $2,000 grant that he donated to CROSS, a local nonprofit, to further its efforts in providing for those in need.

Since being featured in our May 2014 issue, interior design non-profit Designing Dreams has been incorporated in four states.

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