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· Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund ( V4V ) approved a $20,000.00 to EveryThirdSaturday Homeless Veterans Organization. At the September 2017 Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans Trust fund monthly meeting, the following grant was approved by the eight-member board of directors: EveryThirdSaturday Organization located at 4303 East 54th Street, Minneapolis MN 55417. A 501c(3) charity was awarded $20,000.00 to be dedicated to working with homeless veterans and their families by helping and pursue a better future for them. They distribute necessary items e.g. clothing hygiene kits, sleeping bags, boots etc. to hundreds of homeless veterans. The objectives of this organization is to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of homeless veterans and their families. The grant is needed to establish programs that are not currently available which will encourage connection with others and discourage isolation and withdrawal and also allow the organization to commit funds to outreach efforts including the rebranding of a van donated by the DAV and participate in community events which let veterans get to know what they can do for them. For further information on this organization contact Tom McKenna at 612-226-9981 The Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans (V4V) Trust Fund is a 501c(19) non-profit organization established as the result of the 2006 sale of Lake Minnetonka Big Island Disabled Veterans Camp. The non-profit organization has eight board members, two veterans each who are appointed by the DAV, VFW, MOPH, and American Legion. The board oversees the funds from the sale of the island to the City of Orono and has a grant application process on their website. Grants are made to organizations serving MN veterans in a way that conforms to the criteria the V4V has documented online at their website.....Website: mnv4v.org ####
· Flyover America Activity Discounts- Located at Mall of America It’s never too early to start thinking of the upcoming holidays; in fact, Christmas is less than 3 months away! The holidays bring chilly weather, a few snowflakes and beautiful twinkling light displays – but that’s not the only thing it brings, it brings family celebrations, holiday gatherings and year end parties! Nothing can bring you more holiday cheer the way a holiday party surrounded by co-workers, friends and family. Are you hosting such a party this year? Consider hosting your event at FlyOver America, the Ultimate Flying Ride! FlyOver America celebrates the holiday season with a magical flight to the North Pole! FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season, from November 24, 2017 - January 2, 2018. Guests will have fun helping Santa search for his missing elves during the exhilarating flight across America and on to the North Pole. Some may even be able to catch a whiff of Mrs. Claus' baking as they swoop over her Gingerbread factory!
· TPT Features ‘The Telling Project’ with PBS An Original Play Featuring Minnesota Veterans of the Vietnam War- May 12th 3-4:30 pm “Join TPT for an unforgettable afternoon of history, theater and community building. In a production created exclusively for MN Original and Twin Cities PBS, The Telling Project brings together seven Minnesotans to share their experiences of going to and coming home from The Vietnam War. Veterans and their family members will take the stage to perform intimate firsthand testimonials giving critical insight that helps to bridge the divide between vets and civilians. The cast includes a Marine specializing in public affairs, an Army nurse, a Captain of the Royal Lao Army and his son, a filmmaker, working to tell his father’s story, a Navy cook, an Army helicopter pilot and a Hmong nurse who worked for the American CIA. This performance will be filmed for an upcoming MN Original documentary that will take you inside the process of creating this one of a kind theater experience, watching first hand as these veterans become stage performers. The documentary will air this fall in conjunction with Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour series The Vietnam War, which will air nationally on PBS. More info: Free but RSVP is required. Performance will include strong language and mature themes. Audience members may be captured in recorded footage. Doors open at 2:15. Performance at 3:00 (approximate run time is one hour). Post-show refreshments, meet the cast. The performance and documentary are part of Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, a statewide, multimedia initiative aimed at inspiring Minnesotans to share stories, recognize bravery, express their reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war.”
· MN Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund Approved $10,000 to Fishing with Vets Organization Grant was approved at V4V March 2017 Meeting Click Here to Read Full Press Release