Benefits & Fundraisers

Woodbury Lions Pancake Breakfast

The 42nd annual fundraiser for this Woodbury organization is the best (and certainly most delicious) way to start your Sunday morning. Indulge in pancakes, sausages, orange juice and even a yogurt parfait for those seeking a lighter option. New this year, the Lions will collaborate with local high school students, who will help run the event. $4-$7. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive; 651.245.3766;

Woodbury Adoption Day

Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue hosts monthly adoption days at the local PetSmart, providing an ideal time to add a furry friend to the family. Peruse the selection of pets and pick out which one to bring home. Not only will you have something cute around the house, but you’ll also feel good about rescuing a dog who needs a home. Prices vary. 11 a.m. 8460 Tamarack Village; 651.702.9779;

It's Time to Shine With Way to Grow

Way to Grow is a nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood education. By focusing on early education, we know we can make a difference for the future of individual children and families, our community, our workforce and our economy. Help us celebrate and shine at our 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Come wearing a splash of silver and enjoy a fun-filled evening featuring entertainment, stories, and a few surprises commemorating a quarter-century of service. Shine 25 will feature a silent auction, dinner, live auction, entertainment and more!

David Spade Headlines Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities

The third annual Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities (LOLTC), fundraiser for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare will be held Saturday, September 27 at the Hilton Hotel, 1001 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tickets for Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities can be purchased by visiting The ticket levels are:

River Valley Riders Round-Up Dinner and Auction

Support children and adults with special needs in our community!  Enjoy an evening including a delicious meal with wine, live musical entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on unique auction items.

River Valley Riders, a non-profit therapeutic horseback-riding program, announces the eleventh annual Round-Up Dinner and Auction. The event will raise funds increasing services to help more children and adults with special needs.

4th Annual National Honor Society 5K Run/Walk

Invite friends to walk/run for a great cause! Proceeds from this event will go to St. Jude's Research Hospital. There will be free food, water, and Caribou coffee for participants! For parents who want to participate, there will be a free child play station for your kids to stay while you run!

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Relay for Life

Raise money for cancer research and honor victims and survivors with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. Start a relay team and take turns walking around the track at East Ridge High School. When it isn’t your turn to walk, take advantage of the food, games and activities provided. If starting or joining a team isn’t an option for you, you can walk as an individual or walk the survivor lap. $10. 6 p.m.

Cody's Dash

This year marks the fourth annual Cody's Dash for Down Syndrome to benefit GiGi's Playhouse! Get moving for a great cause. Sign up for a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile walk, or a kids' dash, followed by an afternoon of big fun: music, face painting, food trucks, balloons and more.

All proceeds will benefit GiGi's Playhouse and the free programs and services they provide to the Down syndrome community throughout the Twin Cities. 


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