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Bridges of Hope held their first annual Afternoon Tea for Hope on Sunday, May 3rd in Nisswa, MN. The event was attended by more than 115 guests and more than 25 volunteers, including Nisswa fire fighters.

Bridges of Hope is a 501c3 nonprofit serving the Brainerd Lakes Area whose mission is to build bridges of support, anchored in love, between families in the Lakes Area and the community assets that can help them thrive and gain hope. Bridges accomplishes this mission through a variety of preventative programming. To learn more, visit their website.

The Nisswa firemen served guests tea while they enjoyed savory snacks and desserts. Music was shared by students from the Theresa Kingsley School of Music. Each guest received a gift from local businesses, participated in a silent auction, took a chance at the Tea Tree game, & snapped photos of their Tea attire in the photo booth.

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The décor at the event was breathtaking thanks to the English Tea Store and many others.

The event raised just over $10,000, which was the goal for the day. These funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Mardag Foundation and will benefit Bridges of Hope’s Side by Side Mentoring Program for women.

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Jana Shogren, Bridges of Hope Executive Director, stated, “We are thrilled with the outpouring of support for this first-time event. It went even better than expected and a great time was had by everyone in attendance.”

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