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Current Projects

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. Available to all children ages 0-5 living in Norman County, MN.

One Fund Drive ~ Serving Norman County


Write one check, mark your favorite charities, and let Gary Cares do the rest.

Some organizations on the list include:

Norman County Fire and Rescue Squads

local Dollars for Scholars, Norman Co. Historical & Genealogical Society,  Norman Co. Victims Assistance, Hospice of RR Valley, and many others great organizations.

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Get Out & Play in the Gary Pines

Gary Cares is working with the City of Gary, the Gary Lions, and individuals interested in sustaining the forest to establish trails, a memorial tree section, a chainsaw art walk, and a natural play space in the Gary Pines.

The forest is a 160 acre property located on Highway 32 and 260th Ave. northwest of Gary. The land is owned by the city of Gary.

Shock & Awe Youth Philanthropy

  Who trust students with the future of our region? We do.

Gary Cares manages the grant funding for Shock & Awe youth philanthropy in Norman County. 

Students from Norman County East and Ada-Borup-West gather monthly during the school year to meet, discuss their vision for the county, process grant requests, and plan impactful community activities.


Murder Mystery Dinner Party

We love having a good time, especially in the middle of the long, cold winter. Join us for a Murder Mystery Dinner Party in Gary, MN. Come enjoy great food, live entertainment, and the company of your community. 

Past Projects


  • Partner of the Gary Community Club

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