The Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prairie, site of the 2015 EP Gives.

The Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prairie, site of the 2015 EP Gives.

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.