FastBreak Foundation Honors St. Louis Park Emergency Program

FastBreak Foundation Honors St. Louis Park Emergency Program

Cristy Brusoe
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The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) was honored Wednesday night as the Wolves took on the 76ers. STEP social worker, Karen Clara and her son Elijah were in attendance to accept a grant from the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and SPIRE Federal Credit Union in front of the Target Center crowd.

Throughout the month of December, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation is celebrating the Season of Giving, present by SPIRE Federal Credit Union. During the month, the foundation focuses on improving the holiday season for Minnesotans in need, as well as recognizing those in the community whose work assists others.

Minnesota Timberwolves President Chris Wright, along with SPIRE Federal Credit Union CEO Dan Stoltz were on hand to present the $5,000 grant to Clara, who accepted it on behalf of the Emergency Program.

“We’re very excited. It’s such a fun event and a great honor to be able to receive these funds to help the families. It’s very exciting,” Clara said.

During the holidays, STEP not only provides food to those in need, but they also set up a toy shop that offers parents an opportunity to pick out gifts for their children. Funding will be used to purchase over 500 toys this holiday season.

“It’s great because sometimes the small organizations get overlooked and we all have our niche, communities we serve in. We’re really appreciative that they have decided to help STEP out at this time. It’ll be a great help for the families.”

In the past year, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and the Minnesota Lynx Foundation have combined to impact 2,028 organizations with $750,000 in-kind donations, 60,000 Tickets for Kids donations, 4,226 volunteer hours, 45 Heroes in the Making on-court presentations and fourteen $5,000 grants.

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