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Breakfast with “Shoe Bob” Fisher and Matthew Sikich November 11th, 2008

The Duchess of Earle has just returned from a very early morning breakfast with “Shoe Bob” Fisher of Bob’s Shoe Repair shop and Bob’s SleepOut (for the Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, or ICOP) and Matthew Sikich of the Dreambuilders Club.  Matthew’s travel business regularly donates vacation certificates to organizations looking to raise funds (these certificates are often auctioned off) and it was for this reason that the Duchess invited these two gentleman to meet with her over breakfast this morning, in the hopes that the IOCP’s November 22nd sleepout In Cars with the Stars could be benefitted.  As previously mentioned on this blog, former Minnesota Twins player Corey Koskie will also be on hand to welcome the sleepout participants and share breakfast with them in the morning. 

Anyone looking to donate in support of this cause or desiring to register for the event can contact the IOCP directly by clicking here.  For the Schedule of events for this fund-raising season, please click here

The Duchess thanks you for investigating this project and for considering contributing!  When you contact them, please tell them the Duchess sent you! 

November 8th, 2008

The Duches of Earle just found this posting about the Nov. 22nd, 2008, Sleep Out with Bob Fisher and Corey Koskie on the Wayzata, Minnesota, website.  Apparently there are sleep outs that go on all over the community for over a month.  After all, the goal is $2 million.  More power to ’em! says the Duchess.  :) 

Saturday, November 08, 2008
13th Annual Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) Sleep Out Kickoff
From the Wayzata Bay Window, Winter 2008 Edition.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Novomber 15 At Klapprich Park. Join IOCP to kick off The Sleep Out 2008 Campaign. The need has never been greater. IOCP is relying on the generosity, heart, and will of this community to meet its $2 million goal. Kare 11 Anchor Mike Pomeranz will emcee the event that includes free food, music, and speakers, including Bob Fisher, affordable housing advocate, and LaDonna Hoy, executive director of IOCP. During the Sleep Out, people gather pledges and sleep out in a tent at IOCP or host sleep outs at their churches, schools, businesses, homes and in their neighborhoods.

The campaign, runs Nov. 15-Dec. 23 to create greater awareness around the
issue of affordable housing and to ensure that IOCP can respond to the increased demand for some form of housing assistance in our community.

To learn more and to donate, go to, call 952-404-9388, or make a donation by sending your check to IOCP, 110 Grand Ave.,Wayzata MN 55391.