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87th Annual Gala a Rousing Success!

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Hallie Q. Brown’s Annual Night at the Q! was a phenomenal success!

The event, which is our annual fundraiser, transported guests around the world to experience food, drinks and activities from 6 unique locales: Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain; Edinburgh, Scotland; Tokyo, Japan; Hallie Quinn Brown’s Homewood Cottage in Ohio; and our very own St. Paul, Minnesota.

It was a phenomenal event that would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, 3M, Eric & Celita Levinson, Briggs and Morgan, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Pizza Luce and Foley Mansfield.

We also want to thank the wonderful Mayor Chris Coleman and his wife Connie Johnson Coleman for joining us and the wonderful words from the Mayor; Sam Soulprano for being a phenomenal DJ and providing music for the evening, Melvin Carter III for giving an incredible keynote address and bringing the Rondo family perspective, former Chief Thomas Smith for delivering a great Fund-A-Need, Richard Moody and IamMoody for making sure that it was a successful event, David Fhima and his team from Faces Mears Park for the sumptuous food that made the evening, Kenneth Caldwell for beautiful artwork, Wendy’s House of Soul for desserts and treats that were to die for, Maria Alexandra Caram Ibarra and International Cigars, Inc. for once again adding the wonderful level of sophistication and style that can only come from having hand-rolled cigars at the event, our Board and Staff for their hard work, and the wonderful friends who came out to support us. Thank you all for making this a wonderful event.

Click here to check out the great pictures from the event and mark October 7, 2017 down on your calendar for the 88th Anniversary Gala!


New Reverse-Mobile Food Shelf Launches October 1

IMG_5827On October 1, 2016, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center will launch a Reverse-Mobile Food Shelf, a new model it developed for addressing food insecurity, thanks in part to a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.

As its name implies, the Reverse-Mobile model inverts the conventional approach of a Mobile Food Shelf by transporting those in need: Instead of bringing the standard smaller supply of food out to the community, we transport clients in need to our already-existing food shelf, capitalizing on our excellent, accessible space and the widest possible array of nutritious food.

“The Reverse-Mobile Food Shelf model is a concept we’ve been discussing for several years; we are elated that through the Walmart Foundation we have funding available to implement this model to better serve our community, particularly those with transportation barriers,” said Jonathan Palmer, Executive Director of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center.

Hallie Q. Brown is building partnerships with a variety of community organizations – including apartment complexes and senior living facilities – to arrange for regular pick-up times to transport residents to and from the food shelf. Transporting clients to Hallie Q. Brown will not only allow them access to food shelf services, but will also provide them access to our clothing closet, community programs and other wrap-around services.

The launch of the Reverse-Mobile Food Shelf comes after a successful pilot program with Wilder Square Apartments in St. Paul. Hallie Q. Brown expects to expand pick-up locations to at least 3 additional sites in the next several months, with the hope of expanding even further in 2017. We anticipate the initiative will serve 500 new community members in the next year.


Backpacks for Back-to-School

Earlier this month our Youth Enrichment Program students received brand new, fully-stocked backpacks to help them get ready for back-to-school. The backpacks came courtesy of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Hallie Q. was provided enough for all of our pre-school and school-aged children, along with a supply to distribute through the food shelf. The kids were excited to pick out and try on their very own new backpacks!


Fun at the Selby Avenue Jazz Fest

Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Selby Avenue Jazz Fest on Saturday, September 10, and special thanks to the volunteers who helped staff our booth! It was a great opportunity to share the Hallie Q mission and programs with our community (while also enjoying great music).


Construction Zone! Capital Improvements Continue

Visitors to our building in the coming weeks will notice a bit more commotion and noise in and around the space, with the end result being some fantastic improvements. Construction begins this week to completely renovate the kitchen in the canteen; once completed, the space will be a fully functional commercial kitchen, usable not only for HQB educational programs but also for external events. Existing spaces in the educational programs are benefiting from renovation and expansion as well. Alongside the structural improvements, new security cameras are being installed this week, and volunteers are tackling exterior painting work. Please excuse any chaos you may encounter as we gear up for a new and improved space. We’ll share pictures as the work progresses.



Jonathan Palmer
Executive Director

P.S. I welcome your input and questions at jpalmer@hallieqbrown.org. In addition, Hallie Q. Brown is a 501©3 tax-exempt organization. Your contribution is tax deductible and very much appreciated in these challenging economic times. Thank you.

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