Dakota event will benefit the homeless

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September 27, 2004 // UPDATED 4:10 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, is hosting a jazz fest Sunday, Oct. 3 to raise money for homeless youth.

The second annual Jazztoberfest will benefit the Lindquist Apartments, which are under construction in North Minneapolis. The major sponsors for the 24-unit complex are RS Eden, a chemical dependency treatment program, and Life's Missing Link, a Loring Park organization that works with chronically truant students.

Slumberland has donated furniture for two Lindquist apartments. At the 2003 jazz fest, fund-raisers raised money for seven rooms. Organizers hope to raise enough cash this year to outfit the 16 remaining rooms.

Another event sponsor is the Spud Society, a nonprofit affiliated with Finnegan's Irish Amber, which is brewed at St. Paul's Summit Brewing Company. The local brewer donates its profits to programs for at-risk youth and low-income workers.

An estimated 500 to 600 youth in Minnesota are homeless, according to a Wilder Research Center survey issued in 2003. About one in six also had a child of their own; 42 percent skipped school; and about one in 10 reported engaging in prostitution for food, clothing or shelter, according to the report.

The jazz fest starts at 5 p.m. with a dinner planned for 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $40 for those who want a meal. A silent auction will be held during the event.

Attendees will receive a complimentary pint of Finnegan's beer.

For more information, visit www.jazztoberfest.com.