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.”


More activities scheduled as EP Gives Week nears

More activities that focus on giving back to Eden Prairie and meeting its needs have been scheduled for April 19-25, which is EP Gives Week in Eden Prairie.

This special week of activities was created last year to put the spotlight on charitable giving and community service in Eden Prairie, and also on the non-profit organizations and service clubs that give back to Eden Prairie in significant ways.

One of those activities – a campaign highlighting clubs and non-profits that have been nominated for the $2,000 EP Givers Award – is already underway. The 10 nominated organizations are being profiled in the Eden Prairie News, and those profiles continue till April 16. You can now vote for your favorite organization by going to the Eden Prairie News website, and the top vote-getter will get $2,000 worth of public-service advertising donated by the newspaper.

Other things going on during EP Gives Week include:

·   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. 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.”


‘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.