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Hawaiian style: Winter Luau raises funds for Stone Soup

Vickie Snyder, (left) board president of Basic Needs, Inc., reacts as board member Jen Peterson raffles off a prize at the 2nd annual Winter Luau at Park Place Sports Bar in St. Paul Park. At right is board member Bill Sumner. The Jan. 27 Hawaiian-themed fundraiser benefits Stone Soup Thrift Shop. William Loeffler / RiverTown Mutlimedia

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.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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