Panthers for a Purpose event 2023

The Panthers for a Purpose Week of Giving is February 18-25, 2023 and culminates in a not-to-be-missed Panther Party on Saturday, February 25. The Panther Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year supports Spring Lake Park Schools with a special focus this year on supporting Career and College Pathways.

The fundraising and Panther Pride week includes an online silent auction, dine-to-donate opportunities at local restaurants and activities all week long. Find all the information you need for the Week of Giving and Panther Party on the Panthers for a Purpose event page.

“While this is a fundraising effort each year that provides support for all kinds of activities and programs that benefit students at Spring Lake Park Schools, it’s also much more than that,” says Colleen Pederson, Panther Foundation Executive Director. “During this week-long event, we hope to engage our entire community in celebrating our pride in the Panther experience.”

Each year, the Foundation’s efforts include support for a special Fund-A-Dream project. This year, the Fund-A-Dream is Career and College Pathways, courses and programming to support students in exploring potential career paths.

Career and College Pathways provides students across grades with real-world experiences they develop skills within a field and explore different career options. At Spring Lake Park High School, three Pathways represent a predicted need for future jobs – Business and Entrepreneurship, Technology, Engineering and Design, Health and Human Services. Students take courses across Pathways or choose to go deep within one that sparks their interest.  

“Spring Lake Park Schools have strong and unique Career and College Pathways programming to help students explore potential future paths,” says Colleen. “The Panther Foundation is proud to partner to provide financial support to cover experiences outside of the core curriculum that get students out in the community and connect them with real-world experiences that help shape their future paths.”

Support the effort, get involved

The Week of Giving is February 18-25, 2023. There are several ways to participate:

  • Browse and bid on silent auction items: This annual silent auction is legendary with more than 350 packages featuring trips, artisan pieces, Panther gear, restaurant gift cards, adult libations, unique experiences and MORE! You can donate items for the auction now, as well as set up your account for bidding.
  • Dine-to-Donate: During the week of giving, several local restaurants will partner with the Panther Foundation. Dine at one of those locations during the week, mention the Panther Foundation/SLP and a portion of your sales will go to the Panther Foundation! 
  • Support the Fund-A-Dream project – Career and College Pathways: This year’s Fund-A-Dream is support for Career and College Pathways programs and activities. You can donate directly to this project that support students’ career exploration and experiences – from helping students get out in the community to learn more about different industries and careers, to bringing special programming into our schools that enhance student experience and help students dream about and prepare for careers of purpose and passion.
  • Join the party – Saturday, February 25: The Panther Foundation Party takes place Saturday, February 25, 2023, 5 p.m. at Bunker Hills Event Center in Coon Rapids. The Party will close out the fundraising week featuring an amazing Live Auction, Giving Moment to support the Fund-A-Dream project and musical entertainment by the band Good for Gary, a Twin Cities favorite. Guests will sing and dance the night away celebrating SLP Schools and our community. Tickets are required to attend. Purchase your tickets online now.

Find all the information you need for the Week of Giving and Panther Party on the Panthers for a Purpose event page. Contact the Panther Foundation with questions at

Learn more about Career and College Pathways