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McKinney Roe Hosts Friends of the Mill District Donor Event

Article by Claudia Kittock, photo by Rick Kittock:

The Friends of the Mill District, a neighborhood charity only 3 years old, is blessed by a community response that has been extraordinary. April 30, 2018, was a perfect example. We had long wanted to have an event to thank all of our donors for their generosity, and when we approached McKinney Roe, the response was that they would donate the event! So, on this past Monday evening, we were able to thank many of our donors with a wonderful event on the second floor of McKinney Roe.

It was a great party! We were able to share drinks and food while discussing the work of the Friends. The discussion about the beginning of the charity was not a story everyone knew, and while most were aware of the Mill City Singers, the Mill City Players, and Yoga in the Park, many were unaware of our plans for the future. It was fun to talk about our hopes for a boxing program, a writing program, a photography program, and a book club.

It is clear that more heads are always better than one, and that goes for parties and for ideas. While sharing a fun evening, we heard many suggestions and questions that we happily answered and are eager to incorporate.

Friends of the Mill District board members, left to right: Dave Tinjum, Claudia Kittock, Ken Searl, Jan Mershon and Cindy Froid

Thank you to McKinney Roe for their generosity and neighborliness! Our donors are the best. They ‘jumped off the cliff’ with us, and we hope that belief in our mission is bearing fruit. We are just getting started, thanks to each and every person who has donated to us. It is always wonderful to remember how lucky we are to live where we live. If you are interested in getting involved with the Friends or would like more information, go to the website or follow us on Facebook. You can also email Claudia Kittock at We are stronger together!

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About Claudia Kittock

Claudia is a resident of the Mill District. In addition to writing for Mill City Times, she is a founding Board Member of Friends of the Mill District. Claudia is the author of Health Through Chaos, mentors young adults at YouthLink, and has served on the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA).


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