5th Annual Picnic and Walk a Success!

This past Saturday’s 5th Annual Walk & Picnic was a huge success! It was a beautiful and cool morning to begin Open Access Connection Annual Walk at Minnehaha Park. We had a great turnout among the Board, Staff, 50+ Generation Group, Open Access voice mail participants, and other community members. Big thanks to all that came out to enjoy the nice day, great food, and wonderful music!

Special thanks are in order to everyone who worked on the event. It could not have been such a great success without the Picnic & Walk Committee! Big thanks to everyone on this committee (Mike Menner, Cheri Speeter Margoles, Debra Bean, and Monstuer Herring) that took time out of their already busy schedules to assure yet another successful Walk & Picnic.Special thanks to Cheri Speeter Margoles for chairing the committee and organizing the event including all of the details that made the event a success. Special thanks to Mike Menner, our board chair, for being the MC and grilling all of the great food.


Thanks to Mike, Cheri, and Debra for organizing, making, and bringing all of the food. Thanks to Monstuer for bringing Root Beer Floats! Thanks to Manuel Moore and 50+ Group for donating buns and hamburgers. Thanks to Simon Cavalho for taking great photos of the event! The event could not have run so smoothly without an awesome set up and clean up crew! Thanks to all that showed up early and stayed late!


John Ward was with us once again playing his guitar and singing. He has developed a fan club at Open Access. Thanks to him for his fabulous music.


Over 80 people showed up and many people donated in honor of walkers. New and increased donations are matched by the Frey Foundation. These funds will be used for Open Access Connections programming for come year. Thanks Walk Committee and everybody that gave their time, money, and organizing to make this year’s Walk and Picnic a huge success!

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Big thanks to our door prize donors, a wonderful list of Minneapolis and St. Paul businesses willing to supportOpen Access Connections: 


 Cub Foods, University Avenue, St. Paul


Dunn Brothers, University Avenue, St. Paul


Five Two Six Salon, St. Paul


Gingko Coffee House, St. Paul


Great Harvest Bread Company, St. Paul


Isles Bun and Coffee, Minneapolis


Izzy’s Ice Cream, St. Paul


May Day Café, Minneapolis


Mill City Museum, Minneapolis


Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Shakopee


PC Afterhours, St. Paul


Peace Coffee, Minneapolis


Punch Pizza, Grand Avenue, St. Paul


Roots Salon, St. Paul


Sarah’s Beauty Salon, St. Paul


Sister Sludge Coffee, Minneapolis


Starbuck’s, Highland Park, St. Paul


Starbuck’s, One Financial Plaza, Downtown Minneapolis