UpLift dinner and program, with hosts Scott Morris and Stacey McCurnin

Merrick Community Services hosted our first in-person annual fundraiser gala in two years on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 at the Town & Country Club in Saint Paul. It was a wonderful evening among good company who all gathered to celebrate Merrick Community Service’s work and history!

The evening was a great success, as together we beat our goal and raised $100,000 to support Merrick Community Services mission, ensuring our continued work supporting and uplifting the neighborhood we work in on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Silent Auction browsers chatting as they look at items to bid on


Our program hosts Scott Morris of 3M and Stacey McCurnin of Fladeboe Advancement presented a splendid program during the evening, highlighting the nearly 115 years of work that Merrick Community Services has done in the East Side of Saint Paul, as well as the history of Merrick Community Services relationship with local businesses such as 3M, and how those partnerships help both establishments to thrive and become better acquainted with their community.

Two videos were shared during the program, both highlighting the different services that Merrick Community Services provide, and how all of those services can come together to uplift individuals and families that work with our dedicated staff.

Sierra's Video

MCS Video


A massive thank you goes out to all who attended and participated in our fundraiser.
Our event would not have been possible without the support of our partners at 3M, Ecolab, SunStream Business Services, Xcel Energy, BWBR, Slawik Property Advisors, Ideal Printers, Party Time Liquor, Spire Credit Union, Upper River Services LLC, Stage Time Productions, and The Vomela Companies.
Great appreciation to our emcee, Scott Morris from 3M, and to our auctioneer, Stacey McCurnin from Fladeboe Advancement! They did a splendid job hosting our program, and we are proud to have had their participation in our event!
And a heart felt thank you goes to our staff at Merrick Community Services, who worked tirelessly to bring this event together, while also doing their regular jobs supporting our Merrick participants!
Talk about uplifting!

Former ED Dick McCarthy, Current ED Dan Rodriguez, and Emcee Scott Morris chatting
Guests chatting before the program

“Congratulations, again, on a great event! Having served on Merrick’s board years ago, I must say I’m so impressed by the organization’s growth, ever-greater goals and professionalism. All capped off by a terrific Uplift event. Kudos to you all! 
I grew up on the East Side, graduated from Johnson High School and had friends who lived near the Edge. Yet I had never heard of Merrick. Now, many years later, I think my experience illustrates one of Merrick’s hidden strengths: If you don’t need Merrick’s services, you likely haven’t heard of it. But if you do, you know it’s always there. Thank you!”
– Monika Strom, Slawik Property Advisors

Thank you to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for their generous match to our Fund-a-Need donations!