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Oct 09, 2019 10:07AM ● By Editor
From Boreal Community Media - October 9, 2019

Boreal Community Media will be hosting a community celebration called "Dessert to the Max" on TONIGHT from 5-7pm at the Arrowhead Center of the Arts in Grand Marais.  

The event is designed to recognize the good work the Non-Profit Community does in Cook County on the eve of Give to the Max Day - the single most important fund raising event of the year in Minnesota.  A coalition of non-profit organizations from around Cook County will be on hand to tell you about their missions and current projects and how they are trying to make a difference in Cook County.

"From infants to the elderly, Cook County Non-Profits serve multiple generations of people living in all corners of Cook County.  From offering quality healthcare and educational opportunities to creative arts and cultural events to protecting our environment, Cook County Non-Profits help make our communities healthier and more vibrant," said Boreal Community Media Board Chairman Jeff Latz, "This event will allow community members to thank the staffs, volunteers and board members in person and with their financial support."

"This will be a fun free event for people of all ages.  Each non-profit organization will be offering sweet treats. Beverages will be available. And a door prize from each non-profit organization will be available for a drawing at the end of the evening", said Lisa Bauer, Executive Director of Boreal Community Media, "Our theme is 'if we are sweet to you, will you be sweet to us?'"

The keynote speaker for the event will be Joan Gardner-Goodno, Executive Director of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation on "The Importance of Non-Profits in Cook County".   

Joan Gardner-Goodno has been the Executive Director of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation since 2007 coming to the position after serving as the Grants Manager at the Duluth Superior Community Foundation and as the Children, Youth and Families Director at Lutheran Social Service for many years. Joan holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is an Emeritus Licensed Social Worker in Minnesota. 

Joan believes strongly in working together to make positive change happen in community, whether that is through providing direct service, volunteering or donating monetarily. A guiding principal she holds is that we are all responsible for shaping our communities for good.  

The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation is a leading Foundation who awards grants on a competitive basis to qualified non-profits in Cook County and across Northeast Minnesota.  The mission of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation is to enhance educational opportunities in Cook County and to significantly improve the quality of life in the North Shore communities of Cook, Lake and southern St. Louis County in the areas of Arts and Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Environment, and Social Welfare programs to qualified nonprofit organizations. 

Participating non-profit organizations in the 'Dessert to the Max' event include Boreal Community Media, Cook County Higher Education, Grand Marais Playhouse, North Shore Healthcare Foundation, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, The Violence Prevention Center, WTIP Radio, Care Partners, Grand Marais Art Colony, Cook County Historical Society and the North Shore Music Association.  Each organization will have a table with sweet treats, literature and other information about their missions and staff on hand to answer community members' questions.

The event is being held on the Eve of Give to the Max MN Day - the single largest day of the year for community giving in Minnesota.  To learn more, follow this link to the website.

This is a free event!  Boreal Community Media encourages tax-deductible donations to the organizations that community members feel are making a difference in Cook County.

Door Prizes will be drawn at the end of the evening and all registering attendees are eligible to win, but you must be present to win.

The Grand Door Prize - 2 Night Stay at Grand Marais House of Light, made possible by a generous donation from Cascade Vacation Rentals.

Grand Marais House of Light is a custom home located in the heart of Grand Marais, MN.  Just two blocks from Grand Marais Harbor, you are easy walking distance to downtown Grand Marais art galleries, shopping, and sites, while being centrally located to many wilderness outdoor activities available on the North Shore. With every detail crafted by the area’s top home builders, with sustainable practices in mind such as cork floors, this light wood-paneled home creates a bright and airy feeling. Large windows allow in natural light while the foliage and fencing surrounding the home providing solitude and privacy.  The Grand Prize is a two night stay any time from November 1, 2019 to May 15, 2020 except holidays.

You can read more about the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation by following this link to their website.
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