As we come to the end of 2008, I can't help feel anything but extremely grateful to, and humbled by, all of our loyal customers who have enabled Max's to have a truly wonderful year. On a personal note, I have always believed that it is my responsibility to give back to the community, and I am proud that Max's has made donations and in-kind contributions to several organizations throughout the year. Much of the cash contributions come from you, our customers, as they represent a portion of the proceeds we received from the sales of certain items, particularly the Plates With Purpose from The Riverside Design Group. A portion of the sales proceeds from these plates have been donated to the following organizations:
* Autism Society of Minnesota
* Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Minnesota
* Hospice Minnesota
* Minnesota AIDS Project
* St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP)
* The Alzheimer's Association; Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
* Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
* United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
* University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
In addition, Max's has made cash and in-kind donations to several other organizations including: The American Diabetes Association, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Colation (Antarctica Project), American Heart Association, Children's Theater Company, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, Special Olympics Minnesota, Minnesota Children's Museum, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Minnesota Chapter, Phillips Eye Institute and theSt. Louis Park Police.
I thank you for sharing my commitment to making the world a better place for all. My best to you and yours for a happy, healthy and peaceful new year!