Giving Back

Attendees gather to support those living with multiple sclerosis (MS), and raise funds to drive research and life-changing advancements. Since beginning in 2016, the event has raised more than $450,000 for the causes.

When Vasilisa Costin and her family immigrated to the United States from Moldova eight years ago, they felt like they had won the lottery. “We applied for a green card and won,” Costin says. “I was so excited to come to America. We wanted to see something new.”

Twelve years ago, the Chanhassen community gathered to help Steve Chepokas keep a promise of the most solemn kind: a pinky swear to his 9-year old son, Mitch, to help other kids with cancer and their families after he was gone.

“Are you sure these clothes are for us?” a young boy asked his mother. The bundle of new clothing, with the store tags still attached, cast doubt in the boy’s mind, since he could only remember wearing used or hand-me-down outfits.

Bruce Reimer was out of options. The man who used to run marathons now could barely walk a quarter of a mile without getting tired. He had to take frequent rest breaks when completing the most routine of tasks.

Dave Philp of Waconia believes that the giving-back gene can be found in all of us. We all have an interest in helping someone less fortunate. “If we all make a little bit of a difference, it will make a big difference,” he says.

 Two Friends of the Eden Prairie Library, Pat Wassink, left, and Elaine Anderson, at the Eden Prairie Library.

Think about the last time you visited your local library. What do you love best about it? The welcoming easy chairs, perhaps? The Internet access? The rich collection of books? Public libraries are an institution almost as old as civilization, and many of us take our libraries for granted.

EP Gives is May 3 at the Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prairie.

Buy your tickets now for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation's annual EP Gives event on May 3 at the historic

When the Chanhassen Fire Department started participating in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in 2011, the station’s fitness coordinator John Williams thought it would be a great way to raise money for a good cause while helping build camaraderie and working towards fitness goa

“Best-kept secret.” After the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s new executive director, Mark Weber, heard those words uttered about the foundation on three different occasions during the same day, it reaffirmed his goal to increase the organization’s visibility.

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