Local nonprofit donates $60,000 to Blaine organization

TPC ROSE, a charitable woman’s organization affiliated with the Tournament Players Club (TPC) of the Twin Cities, presented a check for $60,000 to YouthWay Ministries Dec. 12.

YouthWay Ministries Directors Forrest and Nancy Gregory (center) receive a $60,000 check from TPC ROSE board members (left to right) Sharon Krumme, Janet Juenemann, Sally Phenow, Peggy Kunkel, Anita Bednarek and Dara Lynn Horner. Not pictured is Cynthia Halstenon. Submitted photo

YouthWay Ministries Directors Forrest and Nancy Gregory (center) receive a $60,000 check from TPC ROSE board members (left to right) Sharon Krumme, Janet Juenemann, Sally Phenow, Peggy Kunkel, Anita Bednarek and Dara Lynn Horner. Not pictured is Cynthia Halstenon. Submitted photo

TPC ROSE has a mission to “reach out, serve and empower” (ROSE). The nearly 50 women who are members come from all over Anoka County.

Each year, TPC ROSE selects a local charity to support. Since it was founded in April 2008, this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has donated over $235,000. Past recipients were the Anoka County Brotherhood Council (ACBC) Food Shelf in Anoka in 2008 and 2009, Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Anoka in 2010 and Family Promise of Anoka County in 2011.

Since 1996, YouthWay has reached out to children in an economically disadvantaged north metro neighborhood that encompasses nearly 1,000 homes. By offering daily, weekly and special occasion programs to these preschool through high school aged children and their families, YouthWay strives to nurture and encourage children to reach their full potential.

Youth Way launched Manna Market in 2008. This food recovery and distribution program leverages a market-like format to make food donations available to households whose budgets are unable to adequately cover grocery expenses. The weekly markets are held at the YouthWay Center in Blaine and seven area churches.

“Effectively supporting children and families is essential to the strength of our communities,” said TPC ROSE president Sharon Krumme.

YouthWay is overjoyed about the donation, according to the organization’s directors Forrest and Nancy Gregory.

“We are so appreciative of this gift from TPC ROSE,” Forrest Gregory said. “We have many opportunities to increase our programs and this funding will allow us to accelerate the timeline for seeing those enhancements materialize.”

TPC ROSE was founded in April 2008 with the goal of bringing women together to raise funds for local charities and to serve as volunteers for other charitable events hosted by the TPC Twin Cities.

TPC ROSE hosts two major events each year to raise money for local organizations. The 18-hole golf scramble in August at the TPC Twin Cities was well attended by golfers of all skill levels and included a luncheon with golf awards and door prizes. The annual TPC ROSE Fall Charity Event was held at the TPC Twin Cities club house in November. “Moonlight & Martinis” was the theme, and the event included silent and live auctions, music and dancing.

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