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Get to Know This Year’s Charity Partners
Edina Give and Go
Edina Give and Go is an organization that provides resources and financial support to students in academics, arts, and athletics. The mission is to help students who are economically disadvantaged feel a part of the community. This organization, which began in June 2013, holds special meaning to Showcase homeowner and board member Dario Anselmo, as he believes a strong public education system is the key to a good economy and well-functioning democracy. We spoke with Edina Give and Go’s executive director Abby Hafner to discuss the program’s goals.
Q: Many assume Edina is immune to poverty. What does the scope of poverty in Edina look like?
A: The Edina Public School (EPS) district reports that 8.7 percent, or 740 students, qualify for Free/Reduced Price Lunch (FRL), which means their families of four have an income just under $45,000. Give and Go also helps families that do not qualify for FRL status.
Q: How does your program work in assisting these students?
A: We support students in two ways: by funding individual requests and through existing programming. We fund individual grant requests for needs pertaining to academics, the arts, or athletics. We also work in partnership with other great community organizations—such as Edina Community Education, Edina Community Foundation, YMCA, Access Great Teachers, Edina Athletic Boosters Club, and Edina Public Schools—to help fund existing programming.
Q: How can people get more involved with Edina Give and Go?
A: We ask that individuals help create awareness of Edina suburban poverty and need. They can also support our mission by making a financial contribution or participating in our in-kind donation drive. For more information, please visit EdinaGiveAndGo.org.
The Junior League of St. Paul
Comprised of more than 250 women committed to promoting volunteerism, The Junior League of St. Paul (JLSP) also focuses on developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We sat down with current JLSP president Jill Skogheim to discuss the league’s current issues.
Q: Your members are at the forefront of social reform. Currently, what are the most critical issues you address?
A: We tackle the toughest and most critical issues of the day—including local childhood nutrition affecting the achievement gap, teen self-esteem, and human trafficking. Our current focus is on the area of food insecurity and its impact on a child’s ability to learn.
Q: What new initiatives have you introduced to combat these issues?
A: In 2015, we introduced Family Food Boxes in partnership with Dayton’s Bluff Rec Center in St. Paul, which provides curated food boxes for up to 100 families per month during the critical last week of the month when SNAP benefits and money begins to run low. In 2015-16 we have distributed more than 25,000 pounds of food to families in the Dayton’s Bluff community.
Q: Are there any new issues you’re looking to address?
A: The JLSP is in the research and investigation stage of human trafficking. It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually. JLSP is looking into how the members may effectively address this issue in St. Paul and the surrounding area.
Q: How can people get more involved with the JLSP?
A: Women who value our mission can learn more about becoming members by contacting Membership@JLSP.org.
Get to Know This Year’s Presenting Sponsor
If it’s beautiful and cutting-edge countertops you seek, look no further than Cambria. The local company, which is a proud sponsor of the Mpls.St.Paul ASID MN Showcase Home Tour for the 14th year in a row, is known for its innovative, natural stone surfaces, and the display at this year’s Showcase Home is no exception. Here’s what tour-goers can expect.
Q: Your designs are quite unique in this industry. What makes Cambria countertops one-of-a-kind?
A: Cambria is continuously focused on taking quartz where it has never been before by fusing cutting-edge design with proprietary technology. By maturing their proprietary technology, Cambria has taken innovation one step further with the development of designs inspired by patterns beyond those found in nature. Additionally, Cambria makes the experience of researching, selecting, installing, and using the product seamless. The same innovation and meticulous attention to detail they instill in the product design and production process extends to every customer touchpoint.
Q: How do these technologically advanced surfaces fare in an everyday living environment?
A: Made of 93 percent pure, natural quartz, Cambria is the most durable stone surface available for residential use. Our designs never need sealing and resist staining and scratching, making Cambria a perfect choice for the most-used spaces of any home, including countertops in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Plus, caring for Cambria is a breeze—they clean up with just warm water.
Q: How many design options are available?
A: Cambria currently offers 126 designs across nine collections in varying thicknesses. Our designs are never retired and all are offered at one price, letting customers explore unlimited possibilities without complicated price tiers or surprise increases.
Q: Speaking of surprises, what’s in store for our tour-goers at this year’s Showcase Home?
A: Our newest quartz surface innovations will be featured, including designs from our Marble Collection and the recently released Oceanic Collection. Tour attendees can expect to see Cambria designs and fabrication techniques come to life in a variety of applications throughout the home.
Q: And what can we expect from Cambria in the coming years?
A: In 2016, we anticipate introducing many groundbreaking new designs that feature unseen depth, tone, and style. Also on tap in the future, a first-of-its-kind mosaic backsplash program, matched to Cambria’s top designs and incorporating other natural materials, such as glass and metal.
Q: Where can homeowners go to learn more about Cambria?
A: For more information, we encourage Minnesota homeowners to visit cambriausa.com or the Cambria Gallery on 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis to get started on their next dream kitchen or bath!
Get to Know The Builder
Bill Worms, president of BayCliff Homes, began work on the Anselmos’ home roughly six months before the project was expected to be tour-ready. The goal: to transform the existing 1960s classic Edina home into a functional living space for an active family, while maintaining the scale and character to fit in with the existing neighborhood. We sat down with Worms to discuss his design approach.
Q: BayCliff Homes specializes in renovations and custom homes. How did your expertise allow you to hone the Anselmos’ vision?
A: I started BayCliff Homes about 15 years ago, and in that time, we’ve worked on homes of various scales and ages. In this home, simple updates and a cohesive design really pulled everything together.
Q: What’s your favorite element?
A: The relocated stair. The space now adjacent to the living room connects the exterior pool area to both levels, yet it doesn’t take away from the living room. It brings the outside in and inside out.
Q: What are some special builder features tour-goers should look for?
A: The trim color is consistent throughout the home, which allows individual spaces to be unique, but brings the whole house together. Technology is also integrated throughout the home, be it outlets accepting USB ports or security systems or even cameras and solar energy production, all with remote monitoring.
Q: What advice do you have for homeowners looking to achieve a similar look?
A: Define what you want spatially, financially, and aesthetically. Then get a designer involved as you tour potential homes; they can assist you with city requirements, possible design solutions, and ballpark prices for the renovation ideas you may have. Designers should help define the problems and give you possible solutions, before such an investment.
Get to Know This Year’s Exterior Designer
David Heide Design Studio
When David Heide began working with the Anselmos on the boys’ suite, conversations eventually progressed to the homeowners’ plans for the exterior aesthetic of their home. Heide, who founded his residential architecture and interior design firm in 1997, is a strong believer that good design enhances community, so he began developing a plan with the Anselmos to improve the curb appeal. We sat down with Heide and talked about how those plans came to fruition.
Q: As you began to work with the Anselmos on the facade, what were some of the challenges you faced?
A: It is always difficult to manage garages that face the street, and this house was no exception. The effect is even more difficult when there’s a wide driveway and the pedestrian access to the front door is off the driveway instead of from the street. The new circular drive really addresses this problem and makes the approach and front door so much more prominent—as it should be. We also added a front porch to the house, which further celebrates the front door, taking the visual attention away from the garage.
Q: What advice do you have for homeowners facing the same issues?
A: It’s always important to step back and take a look at the house as a whole. Consider the permanent aspects first: the roof color and the architecture style—how do you work with what you’ve got to make the most of things? Think about the whole picture: Does the house need a contrasting trim outline or something to emphasize the entry? Sometimes the “right” thing may not be the “favorite” thing, but you gotta do what you gotta do!
Q: What’s your favorite element of the finished product?
A: Once we came upon the idea of the front porch, everything else fell into place!