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Lincoln Park Craft District fundraising to help businesses and families in need

Updated: April 01, 2020 06:29 PM

The Lincoln Park Craft District is uniting to help the community and local businesses out with a neighborhood project called 'Lifting Lincoln Park.'

The effort is a fundraiser that people can donate to that will help in keeping local businesses going and helping families in need. Lincoln Park businesses came together with the idea of fundraising through a cookbook that OMC Smokehouse is making that features recipes from the restaurant. They are preselling it for this fundraiser. 

They ask folks to donate $50. $25 goes to buying the cookbook, $15 goes to Lincoln Park businesses with the purchase of a gift card, and $10 goes to helping families in need in the community.

By pre-ordering now, organizers say this instantly gives a boost to the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The cookbook will be out in September.

The goal of this effort is to keep local businesses going during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. With tourism being affected right now and potentially in the summer, they worry about going out of business.The goal is to raise $50,000 for now.

Tom Hanson, the owner of OMC Smokehouse, says this is about keeping the community alive and together.

"I feel like many small businesses work too hard for the money they make and will just opt to walk away under desperate times. So if we can't bring a community back together, if we can't bring the energy back to Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park would be someone else's problem. And that's why it's so passionate to me," said Hanson. "We're trying to make enough to put in our bank so that we're not relying on government funding or grants. And then the other half is 50 percent of everything we raise is going right back to the neighbors, the businesses, the nonprofits, the families in this neighborhood." 

This comes as the owner of the OMC Smokehouse, Duluth Grill, Corktown Deli, and Noble Pour, had to lay off 200 people when Gov. Walz ordered restaurants and bars to close dining services.

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