This is "EP Gives Week" in Eden Prairie.

This is “EP Gives Week” in Eden Prairie.

The City Council has proclaimed April 19-25, 2015 as “EP Gives Week” in Eden Prairie, in recognition of and gratitude for the work of non-profits, service clubs, and other community-minded organizations and individuals who bring a spirit of philanthropy, charitable giving, and volunteerism to Eden Prairie.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s “EP Gives 10,000” community-service campaign concludes this week, and the organization has its annual “EP Gives” fund-raiser on Saturday (April 25).

But other things are also going on during EP Gives Week, including:

  • The Southwest Hennepin Youth Resource Forum, which is a light lunch and report to the southwest suburbs including Eden Prairie on services that help youth who are experiencing homelessness, high mobility or poverty. The City of Eden Prairie is a co-sponsor of this event, which is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S. in Edina.
  • “The Immigrant Experience” program from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Heritage Rooms of the Eden Prairie City Center, where two Somali immigrants will talk about their lives in the suburbs. Featured are Hamse Warfa, a new author and program officer at the Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Philanthropies located in Eden Prairie, and Mohamed Duale, also a published author and a community liaison with the City of Eden Prairie. The program is free; refreshments will be served.
  • The annual Eden Prairie Partnership Breakfast, which this year has former National Teacher of the Year and motivational speaker Guy Doud presenting “Molder of Dreams.” This is an Eden Prairie Community Education event that will be held Friday, April 24, at St. Andrew Church, 13600 Technology Drive, and registration deadline is today (Monday). Check-in, breakfast and networking begins at 7:15 a.m.; the event ends shortly after 8:30. The fee is $10 and you can register at or call (952) 975-6940.
  • And of course the Foundation’s annual “EP Gives” celebration and fund-raiser from 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the historic barn known as the Green Acres Event Center. This is a fun, social event to celebrate the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s work and recognize the latest recipients of Foundation grants. Tickets are $100 each ($65 of which is tax-deductible) and are available on this website.

“EP Gives Week and the EP Gives gala are opportunities to celebrate what a great and giving community Eden Prairie is,” said Mark Weber, executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. “Eden Prairie’s future depends so much on the willingness of residents and businesses to ‘give back,’ so we hope these events inspire people to get more involved in volunteer work and philanthropy.”

For more information about EP Gives Week, contact Weber at (952) 949-8499 or


Ryder Cup tickets, other great items at auction

Ryder Cup tickets, travel packages to Bermuda and Napa, and puppies – these are among the items that will be on the live-auction list at the Community Foundation’s “EP Gives” event on Saturday evening, April 25.

The live auction part of this annual event raises money for the Foundation’s annual grant program, but this is the longest auction list in some time.
If you’re attending Saturday’s event, these are the great items that will great you:

Bier Stube (Beer Room)
Another stellar selection of over “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” (Bidders must be 21 years or older.)
Value: Priceless
Donated by: EPCF Board of Directors, Bob Kreutzer of Great Lakes Brewing, EP Liquors.

Animal Humane Society Adoption Certificate
Can be used toward the adoption of a dog or puppy, cat or kitten, or 10 other species available at Animal Humane Society.
Value of package: $400
Donated by: EPCF

Dinner for 8 at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
Eight people will relax in the Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano Wine Room and enjoy food and wine.
Value of this Package: $900
Donated by: Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

Ryder Cup 2016
The Ryder Cup is coming to Hazeltine Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, 2016. Two opportunities to bid on two one-day tickets to the event.
Value: Priceless
Donated by: Randy and Ranee Jacobus

Driveway Drivin’ You Nuts?
1,000 square feet of a new driveway or 700 feet of an existing dig-out or removal, plus installation.
Value of this Package: $3,000
Donated by: Plehal Blacktopping

Fire Station Tour and Grilled Meal for 6
Personal tour of EPFD Station #4 on Dell Road and grilled meal for 6.
Value of the Package: Priceless
Donated by: The Eden Prairie Fire Department and Mary and Mark Mackmiller

A Romantic Adventure in California Wine Country
Relax in Napa for four days, three nights at the Andaz Napa boutique hotel. Includes economy class air for two and a horse and carriage wine country tour.
Donated by: EPCF
Estimate Value of this Package: $4,000

Mama Mia! Lasagna Dinner With-a-View for 8
Ric Rosow and Vicki Underland-Rosow host a five-course gourmet Italian dinner in their downtown condo overlooking the Mississippi River. Buon appetito!
Value: Priceless
Donated by: Ric Rosow and Vicki Underland-Rosow

Bermuda! British Flavor, Exotic Flair
Five days, four nights in Bermuda at your choice of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess or the Fairmont Southampton with economy class air for two.
Estimated Value of the Package: $5,800
Donated by: EPCF

Wall of Wine
Forty-plus bottles of wine plus wine rack. (Bidders must be 21 years of age or older.)
Value of the Package: Priceless
Donated by: EP elected of?cials, community staff, organization leaders and the EPCF Board.

Evening Cruise for 8 on the Beautiful St. Croix Aboard “Remedy”!
Captain Brad Aho and First Mate Bev Aho will be your hosts aboard their 392 Silverton, Remedy. Wine, beer, appetizers and desserts await you.
Value: Priceless
Donated by: Brad and Bev Aho


Tickets still available for April 25 EP Gives event

Tickets are now on sale for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s annual gala, EP Gives. It will be held from 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the historic Eden Prairie barn known as the Green Acres Event Center, 14150 Pioneer Trail.

The Community Foundation will be celebrating 34 years of local giving that has benefited organizations you care about. More than $1.5 million has been granted to 60-plus organizations since the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s start in 1981.

The Community Foundation uses the “enchanting event center in a historic barn” to honor its newest grantees, and raise money for its annual granting cycle.

Tickets, which cost $100 each ($65 is tax-deductible), can be purchased on this website. There will be room for just 225 lucky people. Light appetizers, drinks, music, dancing, and a great program emceed by EPHS Principal Conn McCartan are all a part of this year’s event.

Individuals and businesses are also invited to be a sponsor and reach a great audience. Sponsorships begin at $250, and many sponsorship levels include free tickets to the event.

For details contact Executive Director Mark Weber at

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is dedicated to “enriching our community through philanthropy, collaboration and leadership.”


‘EP Gives 10,000′ campaign is launched

The theory that Eden Prairie residents generously give back to the community is about to be tested with the Jan. 26 launch of “EP Gives 10,000.”

The three-month campaign will have the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, Grace Church, and the Eden Prairie News urging people who live, work, or worship in Eden Prairie to pledge and contribute 10,000 hours of volunteer service to Eden Prairie projects, causes, or organizations between Jan. 26 and April 25.

April 25 also happens to be the date of the Community Foundation’s annual EP Gives event, which celebrates the organization’s newest grants as well as the community’s philanthropy and service overall.

Does your Eden Prairie organization have a service project that can count toward the 10,000-hour goal? Does your organization need Eden Prairie volunteers? Then campaign organizers want to hear from you, so they can track the volunteer hours being contributed and also connect prospective volunteers with jobs to be done.

Much of the campaign information will be shared on the “EP Gives 10,000” Facebook page at From there, people looking for a volunteer service project will be directed to a list of possibilities. You can also follow @EPGives on Twitter.

“This is a way to call attention to the great community service work that already exists, and also to get more people giving back to Eden Prairie,” said Mark Weber, executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. “Plus, it falls right in line with the Community Foundation’s mission to promote collaboration, leadership, and philanthropy.

“We really appreciate the involvement of Grace Church and the Eden Prairie News, because they’re great believers in community service and they can help us spread the word. Remember, it’s really all about cause and effect: We have the cause, and you have the effect!”

Civic organizations and non-profits that have community service projects planned for that time period, or need volunteers, are asked to contact Weber at so those projects can be noted and additional volunteers can be located.



The Eden Prairie Foundation Celebrates 34 Years of Giving in 2015.