EP Gives

Our annual EP Gives event is a time to celebrate philanthropy and recognize our newest grantees. It's typically held the last weekend in April.

EPCF Grant Committee Chair Katie Castro and 2018 Dr. Jean Harris Scholarship winner Ethan Jones.

In the spirit of “We do better together,” the Foundation’s spring gala known as “EP Gives” is about bringing people together – in this case, to celebrate! What’s celebrated is another year of philanthropy and the latest round of Foundation grant winners.

Of course, it’s also a fundraiser, one that supports the Foundation’s ongoing work in philanthropy, collaboration, and leadership.

Our 2019 “EP Gives” will be held 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Bearpath Golf & Country Club in Eden Prairie. For the first time in many years, “EP Gives” will have a theme to make it more fun and entertaining: “Caribbean Nights.” Are you ready to be in a tropical state of mind? (Tropical attire admired, not required!) Are you interested in sponsoring this annual gala? If so, contact Executive Director Mark Weber at [email protected] or download our list of sponsorship opportunities:

2019 EP Gives Sponsorship Packet (PDF)

The 2018 “EP Gives” was held 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, and more than 200 people attended this event.

Here are some of the 2018 EP Gives highlights:

  • Conn McCartan, emcee. This was a chance for the community to thank Conn McCartan for his community service as he retires as longtime principal of Eden Prairie High School.
  • Grantees recognized. Nine organizations were awarded 2018 grants from the Foundation, and explained how their projects will help Eden Prairie residents.
  • Scholarships awarded. EPHS senior Ethan Jones was awarded the 2018 Dr. Jean Harris Scholarship for his outstanding work on diversity and human rights issues. Last year’s winner, Naya Hill, was awarded a second-year scholarship.
  • You helped launch a new program. Approximately $25,000 was raised on the spot for Onward Eden Prairie, a new program to help local young people who are precariously housed.

Here are the great businesses and individuals who sponsored 2018 EP Gives: EP Gives Sponsors (PDF)

And, here are some Kristen Nelson photos from the event:

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