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Stone Soup gained funds, friends at event

A great big thank you to the very giving community for the great response to our first-ever Fashion & Variety Show Fundraiser held on Jan. 26.

Despite the fact that we had a blizzard bearing down on us, a couple hundred people came to the Cottage Grove VFW to enjoy a Carbone’s spaghetti dinner, a delicious dessert potluck, lots of talented local singers and musicians, a karate demonstration and some of our friends modeling some great outfits from Stone Soup Thrift Shop. We also had a silent auction with items donated by some of our great local businesses and friends. We took in just about $2,800.

What we think is equally as important as the fundraising that was done is the “friend-raising” that was done. We think that the event helped the public to see that Stone Soup is a very valuable partner in the south Washington County community when it comes to providing a much-needed service to our friends and neighbors in our community. We think that we made some important connections through the event with people that will continue to support Stone Soup in the future by either shopping there, by donating goods to us, by volunteering at the shop or future events, by being ambassadors for us in the community, or by financially supporting us.

We are so appreciative of the volunteers on the planning committee and the volunteers who showed up to help make the event possible. There were many hours of volunteer work put into this event, and for that we are grateful. The staff at the thrift shop also worked hard to help make this event a success. Every year Stone Soup gives away about half of its inventory to people in need and to the community. Stone Soup is able to provide a vital service to many people only because so many other people care enough to support Stone Soup. We will do this again in the fall of 2015. Thank you.

Peterson is vice president of the Stone Soup Thrift Shop board. Carroll is president of the thrift shop’s board.