Authors, plays and more: EP organizations inspire and amaze

Organizations that hold funds at the Eden Prairie Community Foundation and allow the Foundation to be their fiscal sponsor continue to inspire and amaze.

They include such notables as the Friends of the Eden Prairie Players, which is helping the local community theater group gear up for its winter play, Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite”; the local baseball enthusiasts who have raised funds for an Eden Prairie Miracle Field to serve disabled youngsters and young adults; and the EP-Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group that helps veterans and is currently rallying local organizations to send holiday cards to service men and women overseas.

Another very active group on this list is Eden Prairie Reads, which has been working closely with the Foundation since 2013. Its mission is to promote reading and encourage community discussion. It plans to do so with its next community read, the novel “Homegoing,” and an appearance March 6 by “Homegoing” author Yaa Gyasi, who is pictured above. (A Foundation grant is helping fund the March program.)

Gyasi’s debut novel – an account of slavery’s legacy, stretched over eight generations and two countries – is a New York Times best seller that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in 18th-century Africa. It stretches across 300 years, from the wars of Ghana to slavery, the Civil War in the U.S., coal mines in the American south, and 20th-century Harlem.

You can read a Time magazine profile of author Yaa Gyasi here.

Eden Prairie reads will supplement Gyasi’s appearance and book signing with a panel discussion and small-group discussions, according to Jody Russell, who chairs the Eden Prairie Reads group. You can find out more about this event and get involved in the group’s activities at

Thank you to all the organizations that are helping make Eden Prairie better. Are you part of an Eden Prairie group that might benefit from the Foundation’s fiscal-sponsorship role? If so, let’s chat. Call the Foundation office at (952) 949-8499 or e-mail [email protected].

Categories: Fiscal Sponsorship

About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.




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