Fundraiser to buy “Spaulding”
A fundraising drive to buy Spaulding the dog, a bronze statue by Heidi Hoy that has become a favorite in the 50th & France neighborhood during its yearlong temporary display, begins Sept. 18 when Salut Bar Americain in Edina will donate 10 percent of the day’s profits toward the purchase of the sculpture.
The Edina Public Art Committee rents sculptures and other public art and displays it in different parts of the city for a year at a time. Spaulding, who stands outside SALUT, has become so popular that the city wants to keep him. Buying Spaulding will cost $7,650, with fundraising culminating on Oct. 26 at the city’s annual Pumpkin Fest.
Many groups are involved in the fundraising effort. Checks payable to the Edina Community Foundation, with reference to “Spaulding,” will be collected at Salut or can be mailed to the Edina Community Foundation at 5280 Grandview Square, Suite 101, Edina, MN 55436.
Emergency center seeks funding support
Groundbreaking will be at 3 p.m. Monday for Fairview Southdale Hospital’s state-of-the-art emergency center.
Meanwhile, the hospital is asking for community support for the project. Supporters have contributed $7.5 million to the project to date, but more help is needed, hospital representatives said last week. The Fairview Foundation hopes to raise $15 million by the end of 2014. Total cost is estimated at $39 million.
“It’s an ambitious project, and to build the very best, we need to partner with the communities we serve to raise an additional $7.5 million in the next 18 months,” said Larry Laukka, the volunteer chairing the fundraising campaign.
Fairview Southdale Hospital opened in 1965, and the emergency department has been largely unchanged since 1985. It has reached maximum capacity and capability for patient care.
The center, which will open in 2015, will be called the Carl N. Platou Emergency Center, in memory of the former Fairview president who pioneered the development of Fairview Southdale.
PRISM will hold fundraiser on Friday
People Responding in Social Ministry (PRISM) will hold a silent auction and dinner Friday at Good Shepherd Church, 145 Jersey Av. S., Golden Valley.
The event will be catered by Pickles Cafe & Catering. Appetizers from Mama Donato’s Woodfire Pizza will be served at 5 p.m. A dinner of mostaccioli, Italian sausage and peppers, meatballs, fresh mixed greens and cannoli will be served at 6:15 p.m.
The dinner will be held in association with a golf event at 12:30 p.m. at Brookview Golf Course. The cost for the golf event and dinner is $100. Dinner only is $25.
All proceeds will support PRISM programs, including a food shelf, a clothing closet, the PRISM Express transportation service and a car ownership program.
Reservations can be made at http://prismmpls.org or by calling Sharon Pleimling at 763-544-8182.