Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Riverview Theater’s Minnehaha Food Shelf Benefit

The Riverview Theater is holding screenings of A Christmas Story to benefit the Minnehaha Food Shelf this week, as part of their 60th anniversary:

We are presenting this film in conjunction with the Riverview Theater’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. It was on December 30, 1948 that the theater first opened. You’re invited to join in our celebration by attending one of the special showings of A CHRISTMAS STORY that we will be presenting on December 22 and 23 and, at the same time, helping to support the Minnehaha Food Shelf. Admission will be just 50 cents or a canned food item. All admission receipts and food will be donated to the food shelf. There will be special concession pricing as well. Popcorn and drinks (1 size only) will also be 50 cents.

In Minnesota, food shelves have seen a record increase in need this year, with a 15% increase this past fall, according to Minnesota FoodShare.

Here is the nitty-gritty:

Location: Riverview Theater (3800 42nd Street S, Mpls, MN 55406)
December 22nd & 23rd
Showtimes: 5 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.
Admission: 50 cents or a canned food item, popcorn/drinks will also be 50 cents

Holiday Lights in the Park

How was your Thanksgiving?

I took last Wednesday off and spent the day with my family. After proclaiming the day Epic Wednesday “the last shopping day before Thanksgiving” we set out on our adventures.

 Scheduled for the evening was a trip to see the holiday lights in Phalen Park. It’s a drive along Lake Phalen that’s decorated by lights,joy,cheer, and corporate sponsorship.

From the Eastside Review,

For 37 nights starting Nov. 25, families will be able to drive a half-mile course within Phalen Park and view 43 different displays illuminated by LED lights, such as ice castles with snowdrift peaks, soldiers with horns, Santa Claus in a North Pole truck, and a tunnel of lights.

Sightseers will pay a vehicle entrance fee of $8 Sunday through Thursday and $10 on Friday and Saturday or holidays.

What: Holiday Lights in the Park
Where: 1615 Phalen Drive East
When: Daily holiday tours are from 5:30-10 p.m. from Nov. 25-Dec. 31.

The profits go to to Second Harvest Heartland, Union Gospel Mission, the St. Paul Parks Conservancy Fund and UnderConstruction.  

The lights were pretty cool, but sadly my child node cried the entire ride. None the less, I only have two laments.

 1) It would have been nicer with snow. 2) We should have stopped at the cookie and hot cocoa stand near the entrance. I misheard directions. Live and learn. Or dare I say, that’s how the cookie crumbles?

So if you like holidays,charities, and festive lighting you should check it out.

More info:
Lights in the Park
For the brave, some video I shot and barely produced.

Helping fight hunger one comment at a time.

Today Minnesota Viking Bernard Berrian issued a challenge to Mn. A challenge to fight hunger.


Between November 24 and Christmas this year, Bernard will match all gifts up to $5,000 to put meals on the tables of children and their families.

I believe this is being organized along with Second Harvest Heartland. From the Second Harvest website:

“For each $1 donated, Second Harvest Heartland will distribute more than $9 worth of grocery products to those in need in our communities. 96% of each dollar of revenue goes directly to our programs.”

That sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Just yesterday the wife and I were discussing donating food or money to a charity for the holidays.

So here’s the scoop, for each comment that this post gets I’ll be donating $1 to Berrian’s challenge. Since Mr.Berrian will match each dollar I give, Second Harvest will turn those two dollars into 18 dollars worth of food.

Think about it, 18$ worth of food per comment.

What do you say?


Grace’s Race

I’ve contemplated running a marathon numerous times. I run. I used to run more. I’ve run the TC10 twice and I’ve run a couple of (rather difficult) half marathons. While the accomplishment of those longer races should spur me on to even longer ones, it usually has the opposite effect. So perhaps what I’m lacking is the proper motivation. Or, rather, the proper perspective.

Grace Ngunu is running the Twin Cities Marathon this year. It’s her first marathon.

Imagine having to walk over 1/2 mile each way to get clean water… My name is Grace Ngunu and this year, I will be running my first marathon! The Twin Cities Marathon will be held on October 5, 2008. I am passionate about both running and helping others in need and I am excited about combining these two passions. Kiandutu is a slum in Kenya, East Africa that is in desperate need of clear running water.

The name Kiandutu literally means, “a place with jiggers” and the living conditions of this town reflects that difficult environment. It’s considered to be the second largest slum in Kenya and is occupied by 50,000 people. A majority of these residents have no near-by access to clean running water. Several times a day, Kiandutu residents have to walk a little over 1 kilometer to fetch water in non-sterile containers at the cost of two shillings per container. The water in the closest river many kilometers away, is severely contaminated with both humans and animal waste; and is therefore unfit for consumption. The short video below gives you a snapshot of life in Kiandutu.

I will be running the Twin Cities Marathon to raise money that will be used to pump water into a section of this slum. The water supply (tap) will be strategically located and will service 2000 people.

This will be a great relief to the many families who now send their young children to fetch water over ½ mile away several times a day in the evenings after school. This will also be a tremendous help to all the parents who also have been making the same trip to fetch water all their lives.

I urge you to join me in making a difference to these families in desperate need of clean water. It costs about $600 to generate one water source (tap). Please make a tax deductible donation of any amount-100% of your donation will go directly toward making this clean water source a reality. I believe that together we can build several water sources in Kiandutu.

Fund management will be coordinated through my local church, the Faith Christian Center in MN. You can donate through Pay-Pal here or send checks to the address below:

Faith Christian Center
7917 Sunkist Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444

Please contact me via EMAIL if you have any questions or need additional information.
Thank you for joining me in this effort to provide clean water and to provide a huge positive impact to the lives of others!

Now that’s a good reason to run a marathon. More information on Grace’s Race for running water for a slum in Africa can be found at

(via MinneAfrica)


Improv for Gilda – Fundraising Marathon at Brave New Workshop

Gildas Club Twin Cities

The Brave New Institute is uniting the Twin Cities improv community for the Dudley Riggs 24-hour Improv Marathon to support Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. The Brave New Workshop theatre will host the fun starting at 10 pm on July 12th and through till 10 pm on July 13th. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Gilda’s Club’s mission is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer and their friends and families. There are 21 operating Gilda’s Clubhouses. The Twin Cities location is scheduled to open in 2009. This is the first Dudley Riggs Improv Marathon.

Groups performing in the marathon include members of the Brave New Institute’s improvisation classes (including my friend Kari!) and professionals the likes of which you probably saw a couple weekends ago at the Twin Cities Improv Festival. Ticket prices are $5 for a two hour block, $25 for a 12-hour block, and $40 for the whole 24 hours.

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