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Letter: A showcase of support for Kinship

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The 2013 Kinship Spaghetti Dinner with Arts & Cultural Showcase on Sept. 27 was indeed a showcase for arts, culture, and youth mentoring!

Amy Andersen graciously chaired this event, bringing her efficient and focused leadership for the fourth consecutive year. She and Century School cook Ellen make sure the dinner gets better each time. With the help of a wonderful team of Kinship Friends, Mentors and Mentees, it runs like clockwork.

Special thanks to event sponsors Northwoods Bank and Park Rapids Lions Club.

It was great to partner again with Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC). The council arranged for local arts and cultural groups to have informational displays and coordinated the entertainment. Sincere thanks to Incredibly Real, Unpolished, Tae Kwon Do and Eric Bervig with Lael and Nathaniel for the engaging acts.

Our remarkable business community generously stepped forward with more than sixty quality donations for the Silent Auction. You can identify many of them by the Kinship Supporter sticker in their windows. Please add your thanks to ours for their support of youth mentoring.

Of course, the dinner guests and auction bidders were absolutely critical to the success of the evening. And they too were generous!

We at Kinship applaud and encourage all of us working together to care for our youth, support our families and patronize our local businesses. Thanks for your partnership and support!

Jennifer Therkilsen

Kinship Executive Director

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