Tickets are now being sold for Prairie Brewfest, a new event by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation that focuses on craft beer.

Prairie Brewfest will be held 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, on the top deck of SouthWest Station, 13500 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie. The view of Purgatory Creek Park will be amazing, and so will the beer.

Admission costs $40 per person and includes food and entertainment. Of that, $25 is tax-deductible. A raffle and door-prize drawing are also planned. Purchase tickets here.

This is a 21-and older event that will allow you to sample craft beer from the Upper Midwest and beyond. Brats and munchies will be provided, and entertainment is by Dave Lindahl and the Wondercure, which has a repertoire ranging from classic rock and pop to blues and soul music.

Plus, you can learn about the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, which has been busy brewing philanthropy, collaboration, and leadership in Eden Prairie for the past 33 years.

You can keep up to date on Prairie Brewfest planning at

If you would like to sponsor the event with the EP Community Foundation, contact Event Chair David Lindahl at or Executive Director Mark Weber at

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We’re wrapping up our annual “Century’ campaign

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is conducting its annual Century Giving campaign during June and July. Contributions help sustain the Foundation’s programs, including its yearly grant-making, which supports Eden Prairie’s high quality of life.

Did you miss the newsletter portion of our mailing? You can read that newsletter here: Century Giving newsletter

Started in 1997 as the Century Club, the annual campaign asks individuals, families and businesses to make a tax-deductible contribution of $100 or more to the Community Foundation. With the slight name change, donors giving $100 to $999 now become “Century Givers,” which aligns with the organization’s “EP Gives” event, “EP Gives Week” and “EP Givers Award.” Donors giving more than that are designated as “Patron Givers” or “Benefactor Givers.”

“We’ve added some new giving levels because a current theme at our organization is that we’re taking the Eden Prairie Community Foundation to ‘a new level,’” said Executive Director Mark Weber. “So, as we redouble our efforts to take this organization to a higher level, we hope people will consider taking their giving to a higher level as well.”

Over the past 33 years this 501(c)(3) organization has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to about 60 different organizations. This includes nearly $30,000 awarded to 10 organizations at the Community Foundation’s annual grant and donor celebration on May 3: the “EP Gives” event, held at the Green Acres Event Center.

“The annual Century campaign has a larger goal this year, so that we can broaden our work to encourage philanthropy and other ways of giving back to the community,” said Weber. “But it’s important to note that every gift – regardless of size – makes a difference at the Foundation.”

Century Giving donations can be made online here, or checks can be sent to: EP Community Foundation, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. You can also call (952) 949-8499 or email Weber at for more information. Here are the various giving levels:

  • Supporting Givers — $1-$99
  • Century Givers — $100-$249
    • Century Silver — $250-$499
    • Century Gold — $500-$999
  • Patron Givers — $1,000-$2,499
    • Patron Silver — $2,500-$3,499
    • Patron Gold — $3,500-$4,999
  • Benefactor Givers — $5,000-$9,999
    • Benefactor Silver — $10,000-$24,999
    • Benefactor Gold — $25,000 and above

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s mission is to enrich the community through philanthropy, collaboration and leadership.


Eden Prairie gathers for annual ‘EP Gives’ event

A big “Thank you!” to approximately 200 people who attended the “EP Gives” event on May 3 at the Green Acres Event Center, and thanks also to the dozens of sponsors.

Click here to see the complete list of our generous donors.

To view and purchase photos of the event taken by Kristen Nelson of Kristen Nelson Photography, click here.

This event raised approximately $45,000 for the continued work of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, including about $4,500 for future Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship Awards.

That fund had already been provided $7,500 in seed money from a very generous, anonymous donor, meaning $12,000 will be set aside for future scholarship winners.

Much of the focus that evening was on the organizations that are getting 2014 grants from the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. Grant checks were awarded to 10 local organizations who are making an impact in the community. The 2014 recipients of EP Community Foundation grants, and their projects, are:

  • CHOICE, Inc. – computers and software to help clients with communication, social, and job skills.
  • Cornerstone – Laptop computer and other equipment for school-based Preventing Abuse and Violence through Education (PAVE) program.
  • Eden Prairie Community Education – Help with funding a speaker and marketing costs for the 2015 Partnership Breakfast.
  • Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund – Support for the CounterAct and Citizens Academy programs.
  • Eden Prairie Schools Early Childhood Education – Gym equipment for a newly expanded program for 3- to 5-year-olds.
  • Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors – Construction of a handicap-accessible pontoon dock on Riley Lake.
  • Metro South Adult Basic Education – Computers for adult English-as-a-Second-Language classes in Eden Prairie.
  • PROP – A new cargo van to be used for food delivery and pick-up.
  • Teens Alone – Refrigerator for a new drop-in center for homeless youth of the west metro area.
  • True Friends – Fee assistance to Eden Prairie residents using True Friends’ camp and enrichment programs.

This year’s annual gathering was part of a larger EP Gives Week celebration that featured a number of other activities, including a “Bridges Out of Poverty” training session attracting more than 180 people.

An EP Givers Award consisting of $2,000 in free, public-service advertising went to Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors. The award – voted on by the public – was sponsored by the Eden Prairie News, Dick Ward/Equity Property Group, and the EP Community Foundation.


The Eden Prairie Foundation Celebrates 31 Years of Giving in 2012.