Penne Not Pence Event Held to Oppose Private Fundraiser Held for Pete Stauber

Ryan Juntti
Updated: August 09, 2018 11:46 AM

DULUTH - The Loaves And Fishes community hosted the Penne Not Pence event on Wednesday night at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center.

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The group serves people in Duluth that are experiencing poverty and homelessness. They decided to host the event to bring people together in a time some say we are divided.

A community coming together over pasta and music.

The event in response to Vice President Mike Pence's private fundraiser for GOP endorsed candidate Pete Stauber.

"It's our opinion that it's really really out of touch to hold an event that's secretive, that costs $1000 even to get in to have access to our elected officials," said organizer Joel Kilgour.

"I really wanted to be a part of an event that's bringing the whole community together, not $1000 a plate for dinner," said attendee Mike Mayou.

So organizers decided to host an event that they say includes everyone.

"When we heard that Pence was coming, we felt like it was really important to make a statement, but a positive statement that affirmed our community's values, and did something that we do well, which is feeding people," said Kilgour.

To bring together the community in a time some say is needed.

"It's a divided time and the more that we show compassion and kindness and unity together with all of us...  we just need more gatherings together of all of us to make this stronger and be united," said Loaves And Fishes community member Brooke Tapp.

"I think it's a time that instead of being rude to other communities, we say, 'hey we may have differences, but we want to come together, and we want to build our community, make it stronger and help grow in the future," said Mayou.

All that was asked was 10 cents per plate. The donations from the event will go to six organizations throughout the state that feel they are being targeted by the Trump administration.

Those are: Duluth NAACP, AICHO, Trans+, Building for Women, Loaves And Fishes, and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.


Ryan Juntti

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