Giving Back

Top Dog Foundation, Lake Minnetonka

While Top Dog Country Club has earned the unofficial title of the “un-kennel,” boasting Club Med-style digs for dogs when their owners are away, behind the hotel lies a cause that’s close to the owner’s heart

There are times when the most dire and barren circumstances produce bountiful sources of inspiration. Dr. Merlin Antunez, a native Honduran, recalls the deaths of two of his siblings when they were barely toddlers.

In the 2005 novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 9-year-old protagonist Liesel Meminger turns to literature to cope with living in Nazi-occupied Germany during World War II. Liesel steals books from a local library, teaching herself to read amid the chaos and despair surrounding her.

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals group promotes professional development and community engagement for the chamber’s younger members.

When you strip away all the consumerism and commercialism that make up a 21st-century holiday season, you can still find plenty of timeless kindness in the Lake Minnetonka area.

St. David’s Center senior director of pediatric therapy and autism services Beth Fagin was recently named the 2015 Transformational Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Tucked away off County Road 16, just minutes outside of Orono, the Garden of the Sleeping Angels is a memorial for babies lost during pregnancy or infancy.

For children living in the Lake Minnetonka area, attending school primarily means freedom to learn.

Since 2006, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation of Saint Paul has been preparing children for school through their annual backpack and school supply drive. “The goal is to remove the burden of cost to families who are often sending multiple kids back to school,” says drive organizer Laura Brown.

It was playtime for the adults at this May 16 event benefitting the Minnesota Children’s Museum.

Everybody runs out of milk or bread from time to time, and it’s a nuisance. But for Brian Felt, and too many others like him, running out of basic food items can put his physical and emotional health in jeopardy.