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In an effort to raise funds for United Way’s annual campaign, local restaurants teamed up to improve lives and strengthen the Itasca Area through Dining United events. Participating restaurants included Forest Lake, 17th Street Grill, Pickled Loon Saloon, El Potro, and Toivo’s. Each restaurant donated a percentage of dining orders from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to help fight poverty in our community.

United Way aims to raise $300,000 this year to support more than 30 programs and initiatives in the Itasca Area. These programs address a wide range of basic needs, income, safety, education, and health related barriers that people in our community face all year round.

If you have already made your United Way gift, thank you. If you haven’t yet given, please consider donating online here or mailing a donation to United Way of 1000 Lakes, 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.

Forest Lake Restaurant presented a check to United Way that will support individuals and families in need – from experiencing hunger and homelessness to barriers to health. Pictured above from left to right: Lori Nolette, John Fredrickson, and Tammy Newman.

Mary Ives and Micheal from 17th Street Grill at Timberlake Lodge presented United Way with a gift of $1,430 for their Dining United efforts. The funds raised will support the organizations 2017-18 grants to local programs impacting one-in three in the Itasca Area. 

Left to right: Representing Toivo’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Laura, Nikki, Amy and Riley Toivonen award United Way of 1000 Lakes with a $250 check to support local programs and initiatives serving the Itasca County area.

Left to right: Pickled Loon staff, Katie Walczalk, Jamie Scholer, Lexi Rahne and Larson Haynes (owner) present United Way volunteers, Bill Martinetto, Tashanna Martinetto, Leanna McBride with a gift to support children, family and community well being through United Way programs.
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