Hawaiian style: Winter Luau raises funds for Stone Soup
The annual Winter Luau at Park Place Sports Bar afforded winter-weary souls the chance to break out the grass skirts, leis and resort wear and twirl a hula hoop. The Jan. 27 party, which raised $1,200 for Stone Soup Thrift Shop, featured a 50/50 raffle, a limbo contest and crepe-paper pineapple centerpieces. The activities director on this south seas cruise was Vickie Snyder, who was decked out in her finest bird-of-paradise garlands. Snyder is board president of Basic Needs, Inc., the nonprofit who runs the thrift shop in St. Paul Park. She handed out raffle prizes with board members Jen Peterson and Bill Sumner. Since it opened in 1997, Stone Soup has sold or given away tons of gently used furniture, clothing and household items to the homeless and financially distressed.