IOCP gala

Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners raised more than $1.7 million through its gala and founders fund. From left: guest speaker Patty Paasch, IOCP Executive Director LaDonna Hoy and guest speaker Zoe Swanson.

PLYMOUTH — Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) raised more than $1.7 million at its biennial gala and its 40th anniversary Founders Fund earlier this month.

In a May 23 news release, Interfaith said 500 people attended the Spread Your Wings gala on May 3. The event is the organization’s “premier fundraising event” to support its mission to address the cause of poverty in the suburbs.

The Founders Fund is dedicated to growing the organization’s work and aims to create more affordable housing, ensure educational opportunities for people of all ages, and improve access to mental health services kids and adults, the release said.

The gala and the fund honored the four decades of community partnerships as IOCP celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

IOCP began in 1979, and has grown to serve 2,000 families a year. The Plymouth-based organization serves the communities of Plymouth, Wayzata, Orono, Long Lake, Minnetonka Beach, Medina, Hamel and Medicine Lake.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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