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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, especailly in the middle of the long, cold witner. Join us for a Murder Mystery Dinner Party in Gary, MN. Come enjoy great food, live entertainment, and the company of your community. 

The 2024 theme is Mullets, Mayhem, and Murder so break out your daisy dukes, red solo cups, and cut off flannels and come figure out who dun' it. Get signed up now!

Past Projects


  • Partner of the Gary Community Club

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