Giving Back

For just over a year now, Art of Edina has brought community art into public spaces, according to Jill Emmer, director of Art of Edina and owner of Shine On Photos.

In 2016 Mindy Ahler decided to raise awareness of climate change by riding her bike across the country.

She readied her bike, a 30-year-old Trek that her mom had given her. She would start in Seaside, Ore., and ride almost 4,000 miles to Washington, D.C.

Sometimes you choose service, and sometimes service chooses you. Ann Deshler of Edina knows both sides of this story. She’s been an oncology nurse her entire career, currently working in cancer research for HealthPartners.

Helping high school youth succeed in different aspects of life is something Becky Briggs truly loves. Last spring, Briggs received a Connecting with Kids leadership award. This is an honor given in recognition of a significant commitment on behalf of youth.

The Polar Plunge will take place in Minnesota in late winter and early spring. These events, which raise money for the Special Olympics, are a great way to have fun while helping a great cause.

People in Edina work to help their neighbors every day. We’d like to introduce you to just a few of them.

Edina resident Cathy Cella has been active in the community for 33 years and she isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon. Because of this, she was awarded a Connecting with Kids Leadership Award last spring.

Erica Campbell believes in roots—creating them and tending to their growth. When she moved in July 2015 to Edina from the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Ian, and their two children, she didn’t waste time.