Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: February

Give back to food shelves and feed Native youth—while skiing, making clay bowls, and enjoying silent and live auctions

Courtesy Big Island and Back!

Try not to let the wind, snow, and ice deter your plans to join in on these upcoming events in our fair state. Give back to food shelves and feed Native youth—while skiing, making clay bowls, and enjoying silent and live auctions.

Big Island & Back!

Saturday, Feb. 9

Big Island Swim & Surf Company, 229 Water St., Excelsior 

Get to Big Island in Excelsior for the eighth-annual day of Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, kite skiing, fat biking, and snowboard racing on Lake Minnetonka. Take part or be a spectator. Proceeds benefit ICA Food Shelf and Freshwater Society. After the race, warm up with Joey Nova’s pizza and live music at Excelsior Brewing Company. Learn more.

Empty Bowls

Saturday, Feb. 9-23

Hopkins Community Education, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins

Sign up now to make clay bowls at Hopkins Community Education Center for the upcoming 21st Empty Bowls fundraiser for ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf, to be held Tuesday, March 12. Plus, on Thursday, February 28, another Empty Bowls event will take place through STEP at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park. Learn more. 


Monday, Feb. 25

International Market Square, 275 Market St., Minneapolis

LEAP: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth is a fundraiser for the Horizons Unlimited food shelf and Youth Leadership Development Program. The event is at International Market Square, with delicious appetizers by D’Amico & Sons and a cash bar, plus a silent auction of original art, jewelry, gift baskets, gift certificates, and lots more. There’s also a live auction with vacation packages. Proceeds help feed Native families and empower Native youth. Learn more.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.