Lake Elmo PTA hosts fundraiser dinner

Event begins school group’s annual food, winter clothing drive

LAKE ELMO — The Lake Elmo Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA), along with staff, administrators and community partners, kicks off its annual food and winter clothing drive with a “Sharing is Caring” event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lake Elmo Elementary School.

“This will be the fourth year of our Food and Winter Clothing drive and we have a very generous community” said PTA President Crista Walsh. “Coming together to for a dinner is an amazing way to connect and share in this community effort.”

Walsh said many families of Lake Elmo Elementary students complain that there are not many volunteer opportunities that families can participate in.

“Bringing these opportunities to our families and connecting with local businesses and community group demonstrates to our students that they too can have a significant impact in the success of our local community,” Walsh said.

Event activities include:

A spaghetti dinner from the Lake Elmo Inn, including pasta, red sauce, chicken alfredo or meat sauce, salad, bread and dessert.

The Lake Elmo Cub Scout Pack 224 will collect any non-perishable food and new or gently used winter clothing donations.

The Lake Elmo Lions will help throughout the meal and students from Cathy’s

Music Studio in Lake Elmo will provide entertainment throughout the night.

The Lake Elmo Girl Scouts will have a craft station benefiting the Animal Humane Society.

Community Thread and Valley Friendship Club will have craft-making stations where visitors can make cards and stocking stuffers for the Holiday Bureau.

The Lake Elmo Bank and Lake Elmo Oil are sponsoring a station with Karron Nottingham, our artist-in-residence, and her Off the Wall Studio to benefit seniors in the community.

The Lake Elmo Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network will have a station benefiting military members and their families.

Visit the Spirit Club students and create a Thank You for the many volunteers in our school.

Families also have an opportunity to visit our Scholastic Bookfair to pick up some great holiday gifts and buy Lake Elmo Inn gift Certificates.

There is no charge for this event, but organizers ask anyone wanting to attend to RSVP. Visit 

or email [email protected] to RSVP. You can also sign up to volunteer on the site as well.

Families are asked to consider bringing non-perishable food and/or any new or gently used winter clothing items for donation and a $5 per plate donation for dinner.

The Lake Elmo Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a not-for-profit organization that relies on members to contribute their time and talents. Funds raised go directly to students. The PTA strives to build community in our school and enhance the communication between home and school. Visit for more information.