Pictured: LGN Partner Heidi Silton and Steve Silton
Lockridge Grindal Nauen is honored to have been presented with the Red Stocking Award from Hunger Solutions Minnesota for our commitment in the fight to end hunger. The firm has partnered with Senator Tom Bakk to organize the "Stock The Shelves" fundraiser, benefiting the Arrowhead regional food shelves, for the past five years.
This week's event raised $65,000 and brought together many of the state's generous corporate sponsors. "Senator Bakk has shown great leadership in bringing people together to raise money for hungry Minnesotans. Senator Bakk's commitment, our gracious sponsors and the special guests, Governor Dayton and Vikings' Jared Allen, made this year's event a success." Lydia Bjorge, event organizer and a member of the state government affairs team at LGN.
The Arrowhead region of Minnesota has been adversely affected by hunger. Last year 23.4% of the population experienced a food hardship.
"Due to the poor economy and high unemployment, food shelves are struggling to meet the increased demand. More and more families are stretched to the limit and relying on food shelves to eat. We are doing our part to help, and I encourage all Minnesotans to take some time to help others this holiday season," said Senator Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, Senate DFL Caucus Leader. In many areas, the statistics of food shelf visits cannot paint the picture of the real need for food assistance. Some food shelves' service statistics have leveled off in recent months because they can no longer expand their capacity. Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota welcomes this timely financial gift. Said Moriarty, "This event and the funds raised will go a long way to assist these food shelves ramp up their service capacity, especially now during the holiday season."
Presenting sponsors of this year's event are: Thomson Reuters, Cliffs Natural Resources and Ameriprise Financial. Gold Sponsors include Minnesota Power, Twin Metals and Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. Additional sponsors include CenturyLink, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., Delta Airlines, The Minnesota Twins, The Liffey, the Minnesota Wild and Fortune Bay Resort Casino. "This event is a great opportunity to continue Thomson Reuter's mission of relieving hunger in our community. We understand the need grows every year, and we are happy to do our part in helping to meet that need for Minnesota families," said Rick King, COO Technology, Thomson Reuters.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen Government Relations team member Lydia Bjorge accepts the "Red Stocking Award" from Hunger Solutions Minnesota for LGN's continuous efforts to fight hunger in Minnesota. She is pictured with Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Tom Bakk and the Minnesota Viking's Jared Allen.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. is again proud to participate in the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Giving program benefiting local families in need through the Genesis II for Families program. Members of the LGN team donated a mountain of gifts, Cub Foods gift cards, hundreds of dollars and their time to make the holidays brighter for local families. Gifts were distributed to families at a holiday party taking place on Saturday, December 3. Check out the photos from the LGN gift wrapping party.
About Genesis II for Families
Genesis II for Families began as the Criminal Justice Project in 1976 through a federal grant, becoming the first community-based corrections program for women in the state of Minnesota. In 2003 the name changed to "Genesis II for Families, Inc." to better reflect services provided to whole families. Populations served have grown to include not only at risk adults and their children but also teens. Today, Genesis II for Families is a financially stable organization with comprehensive programming that allows us to effectively fulfill our mission of strengthening families, empowering youth and changing lives.
The firm is collecting money and household items in order to assist the victims of the recent tornado that hit parts of north Minneapolis. The donations will be send to the American Red Cross for distribution to those in need.
The computers were donated to Adelphi Elementary School, which is a Title 1 school located in the Prince George's County Maryland Public Schools - the 18th largest school district in the nation. Adelphi is lead by Principal Dr. Jane Ennis and serves approximately 400 children in Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. Adelphi's vision is to create a culture of high academic achievement for all students in an engaging and collaborative learning environment.
LGN Lobbyist Lydia Bohn Organized a Food Shelf Fundraiser with Senator Bakk and Special Guests, Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Viking's Adrian Peterson.
Lydia organized the fundraiser for the Arrowhead Region Food Shelf in conjunction with Hunger Solutions Minnesota. The event took place on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Liffey in St. Paul, MN. Hunger Solutions Minnesota "is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, and guiding grassroots advocacy."
For the second year in a row, LGN will be a sponsor for the Adopt-A-Family program through Genesis II for Families. Genesis II is an organization whose mission is "to promote social change by strengthening families and the community through programs that encourage self-determination, self-sufficiency, and healthy family lifestyles."
As a member of the University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Program Committee, Elizabeth Odette ('04) planned an Alumni Service Project packing food at Kids Against Hunger in South Minneapolis for alumni, students, faculty/staff and guests. Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. During packing sessions, volunteers package Kids Against Hunger's specially formulated rice-soy casserole into serving size portions to send to people in need..
Dave Asp and Nate Prosser are volunteering their time to Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County together with Minnesota Volunteer Network in offering volunteer legal services to low-income clients at clinics in suburban Hennepin County by answering legal questions and assisting in obtaining publicly available legal assistance. Mr. Asp is a board member of Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County.
Led by Partner Charlie Nauen, Team LGN walked to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk which brings help and hope to people fighting blood cancers. The walk took place Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Target Field. View details.
LGN's Director of State Government Relations, Rebecca Klett and lobbyists Elizabeth Emerson and Lydia Bohn, represented the firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen in their sponsorship of the 2010 Inver Grove Heights BEST Foundation Golf Tournament. LGN proudly supports the BEST Foundation, whose mission is to provide scholarships to graduating students of Independent School District 199. Photo: Lydia Bohn, John Reich, Rebecca Klett and Elizabeth Emerson
Heather Potteiger, a paralegal with the firm, together with a friend raised $8,365.00 in the fight to end breast cancer. This was Heather's second year walking for the cure and we congratulate her on a fantastic result.
On March 13, 2010, LGN sponsored the 2010 Scripps Seven County Metro Regional Spelling Bee at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, MN.The guest speaker for the event was Vineeta Sawkar, news anchor on KSTP Channel 5. Partner Charlie Nauen was the emcee for the event. With 46 participants, the bee went 22 rounds before the winner, Anja Beth Swoap,age 13 from Valley View Middle School in Edina (who was also last year's spelling champ) won with the word "Sumo." She got a run for her money from second place winner (and youngest speller), nine year old Paul Di Fuccia, a home schooler from Chaska and third place winner, 14 year old Priyanka Naryan from Wayazata East Middle School. View slideshow.
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