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Fundraiser held for area nonprofits

After Washington County Commissioner Myra Peterson found out she was running for her fourth four-year term unopposed, she knew she wouldn't have to raise money for a campaign.

She decided to host a little shindig for her supporters instead.

The idea grew into the "Heart of the County," a celebration with a nonprofit twist at the River Oaks Golf Club Sunday afternoon.

She invited 1,500 of her friends, supporters and local movers and shakers to a fundraiser for community organizations such as the Stone Soup Thrift Store, Friends in Need Food Shelf, Human Services Inc. and Youth Service Bureau. The invitations were signed by local mayors and township officials.

"I didn't need to pollute the environment with signs and literature," Peterson said.

"I often see and hear that many are dealing with hardships," she said. "Sometimes I have been able to assist in dealing with these problems, but often times, I call upon one or more of our community nonprofit agencies for assistance."

Nonprofit and social service agencies are continuing to see government funding cuts, she said, prompting her to offer an event filled with entertainment and food, but also featuring presentations by community help organizations.

The event was attended by Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11 television meteorologist who talked about growing up in Cottage Grove.

Stan Turner, Minnesota News Network and former KSTP news anchor spoke about Minnesota news coverage and Anne Dimock, 2005 Minnesota Book Award winner, gave a reading from her book: "Humble Pie: Musings on What Lies Beneath the Crust."

Tony Redmond, Elvis impersonator, provided entertainment.

Information was also available about The Veteran's Rest Camp, Washington County Library, Vote Minnesota, the county's upcoming vote on funds for "open space" and Washington County parks.

A silent auction was also held and food and refreshments served.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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