Organizations often talk about “raising funds and raising friends,” and that’s exactly what the St. Anthony Park Area Seniors board intends to do with its first-ever fundraising event on Sunday, June 14, from 3 to 6 pm. A $35 ticket will get you food and beer (and other beverages) at Giggle’s Campfire Grill on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, as well as music, a silent auction and information about the activities the organization sponsors.
There will be at least 35 craft beers from local breweries to sample (free with the ticket) and the food is an abbreviated version of the menu Giggle’s offers during the fair.
Just as important as the food and drink is the opportunity for neighbors to meet and learn about the important work SAPAS does.
“We want people to know that SAPAS is a vibrant organization serving more than the very elderly or homebound,” says board member Katherine Eklund. Besides health care, rides to appointments and Meals on Wheels, SAPAS offers exercise classes, respite support for caregivers, social outings and much more. (You really must see their website sapaseniors.org!) They are also focusing on issues of housing and community building.
Because state and grant funds are shrinking, a new source of income was needed to supplement individual and corporate donations. Expenses, including those for staff, facilities, administration, communication and supplies continue to grow.
Tickets will be available at a number of local businesses, including Tim & Tom’s Speedy Market and Stout’s Pub, and online at the group’s website soon. Local businesses, including the University of Minnesota golf course, are also donating items and services for the silent auction, and local musicians will provide music. This is an event not to be missed.