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2013 Annual Banquet Auction Items

Check out the items that will be up for auction at our 2013 annual banquet that celebrates 14 years of advocating on the behalf of farm animals!

Join Compassionate Action for Animals at our Annual Banquet, celebrating fourteen years of advocating for animals. The banquet will take place on April 4th from 05:30 PM to 09:00 PM at Cedars Hall, Saint Maron Church, 602 University Ave NE, Minneapolis. The items listed below will be available for bidding at our banquet auction, where all proceeds will go directly to our work at CAA.

Purchase your tickets today!

4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off Wrap-up

Campus Meeting

More than 200 people sampled vegan chili on March 2 and picked the best in town!

The competition again was fierce at our 4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off. The following took the top three places:

  1. Betsy Born
  2. Jacob Carrigan
  3. Pat Mullen

Once again, we had a repeat of two of the top winners — but this time in a different order! Long time Compassionate Action for Animals volunteer and cook Betsy Born won the top prize. She placed 3rd at the first cook-off and was the runner-up the last two years. Jacob Carrigan is a new contestant, who won with his chili dubbed his entry "Unny's delight" after CAA's Executive Director. Pat Mullen is a new name to this list, but he's a member of the same team that won the last two cook-off's. Congrats to all three of them, and thanks to all the contestants who participated.

Prizes for the winning chili contestants included:

In addition to the excellent chili in the competition, we also served several gallons of People's Chili, several pans of bread, Izzy's vegan ice cream, and Way Better Snacks tortilla chips. Thanks to the businesses and individuals for their generous donations and discounts!

Thanks as well to the First Unitarian Society for hosting us in this beautiful location. Finally, thanks to the volunteers who made this event — and all of CAA's animal advocacy work — possible.

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Minnesota College Leafleting Week

Have you signed up to leaflet during CAA's biggest leafleting event this season? We hope you can join us!

College leafleting involves standing outside of common areas and handing out brochures to students passing by. Leafleting is a great way to help animals. In just an hour, it is possible to distribute over a hundred Compassionate Choices pamphlets on a college campus, getting the message of compassion out to hundreds of open-minded college students!

Minnesota College Leafleting Week is an opportunity for you to join dozens of other local volunteers in the biggest leafleting week of the year! We will have several volunteers at each college (see list below). If you are interested in helping all day, we need on-site-coordinators at each college to manage leaflets. If you would like to help leaflet for a portion of the day, we can arrange transportation (if needed) to and from a local college.

If you can help with this event, please email Ashely with your name, time(s) that you can help, and if you need transportation. Let us know if there is a specific college you would like to leaflet at. Please also RSVP on Facebook an invite your friends!

College Leafleting Week

We will be leafleting at the following schools in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area:

  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Campuses
  • Saint Thomas University, St. Paul
  • Augsburg College, Minneapolis (near West Bank U of M)
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids
  • Hamline University, St. Paul
  • Macalester College
  • Saint Kate's University, St. Paul
  • Century College, White Bear Lake

If you live in Greater Minnesota, we'd be happy to have your help leafleting at a college near you!

Here are some great resources for leafleting:

Register to Compete at the 4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off

We still have 9 spots left!

Like cooking chili? Have a secret family recipe? Then you might have what it takes to win 1st place at CAA's 4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off! Registration costs $20. Awesome animal-friendly prizes will be awarded to the top three recipes as determined by popular vote. Contestants must bring 24 cups of prepared vegan (no animal products) chili, a list of ingredients, and a crock pot (or something without an open flame to keep your chili warm).

The 4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off takes place on Saturday, March 2 at the First Unitarian Church, 900 Mount Curve Drive, Minneapolis. Beverages will be provided for washing down some spicy chili. Over 150 people attended last year's cook-off, and we expect a similar crowd again this year!

Check out the Facebook event and invite your friends.

Fall 2012 Matching Campaign Report

We would like to thank everyone for helping us meet our goal of $15,000 in donations over the holiday season! Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, your donations were matched dollar-for-dollar. We are very grateful for your support!

With the start of a new year our conviction is renewed. Our volunteers are preparing for leafleting, tabling, and handing out free vegan food samples. The 4th annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off is right around the corner, and our humane education program has already scheduled presentations for local schools. We also plan to significantly increase the participation and visibility of Veg Fest 2013 as well as ramp up our screenings of the gripping, short documentary Farm to Fridge.

Our efforts and the overall progress of our movement wouldn't be possible without the generous support of donors like you. Thank you!

2012 Isn’t Over – Donate Before the Year Ends!

It's not too late to donate for the 2012 tax year. We've had a great a 2012 and we look forward to even more successes for animals 2013. Can you make a donation to help us achieve our goals?

With your support, 2012 was a very successful year of advocating for animals! Compassionate Action for Animals held our first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest, a ground-breaking event where attendees sampled tasty vegan food, learned about ethics and nutrition, and, most importantly, saw that there is a large, positive movement that cares about animals. I want to continue that success in 2013. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10 to help make this happen? Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, your donation will be matched dollar-to-dollar for up to $15,000.

I'm planning our second Twin Cities Veg Fest, and we want to make it even more effective. Our plan is to significantly increase the targeted participation and visibility of Veg Fest 2013. Our goals include attracting two hundred more attendees, bringing in entertainment that will attract a new crowd, and holding it during the school year in the fall of 2013 to attract more students and have more food. We want move beyond simply gathering a large crowd. We want to attract those who are interested in making real changes to their diet. And my goal isn't simply to have exhibitors and speakers that are veg-friendly, but to bring the most engaging local and national exhibitors, speakers that communicate our compassionate message, nutrition information that is accurate and reliable, and food that is tasty, healthy, and affordable. With your help, we can make this happen.

The 2012 Twin Cities Veg Fest is one of the biggest events we have ever put on, with 1,200 attendees, 40 exhibitors, and 6 speakers – and extensive media coverage. But it's not just size that counts – it's quality. Our event communicated the gentle, compassionate message that helps people to take steps to reduce animal suffering. This event was overwhelmingly positive and our speakers and exhibitors brought a thought-provoking, respectful message to our audience.

Compassionate Action for Animals had many more accomplishments in 2012:

  • We screened Farm To Fridge, a new documentary that shows the brutal realities of factory farming, to 368 people.
  • We hosted our first ever Veg Week Kick-Off Concert.
  • We distributed 10,800 leaflets.
  • The Bridges of Respect Humane Education Program conducted 35 presentations on animal protection issues, reaching more than 1,000 students in local schools.
  • We hosted our 3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off, bringing in hundreds of people to sample vegan chili.
  • We added three national partners to VegGuide.org, Compassion Over Killing, Farm Sanctuary, and Vegan Outreach. This will greatly increase the exposure of VegGuide.org, giving everybody a useful tool to find veg options when eating out.

We did this and so much more. I'm grateful to all of the donors, volunteers, and businesses that contributed their time, energy, and passion to help animals.

Most of our funding comes from people like you – people who care about animals, and want to make a difference. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10? Your donation will be matched up to $15,000. You can make your donation online.

Thank you again for your generous support. We're making a difference for farm animals, and I appreciate the trust you've given to me.

Yours for the animals,

Unny Signature

Unny Nambudiripad

Help Animals This Holiday Season

As the year comes to a close and we look back on a wildly successful 2012 for Compassionate Action for Animals, we also look forward to great things to come in 2013. Can you make a donation to help us achieve our goals?

Thank you for making 2012 a very successful year! Compassionate Action for Animals held our first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest, a ground-breaking event where attendees sampled tasty vegan food, learned about ethics and nutrition, and, most importantly, saw that there is a large, positive movement that cares about animals. I want to continue that success in 2013. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10 to help make this happen? Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, your donation will be matched dollar-to-dollar for up to $15,000.

I'm planning our second Twin Cities Veg Fest, and we want to make it even more effective. Our plan is to significantly increase the targeted participation and visibility of Veg Fest 2013. Our goals include attracting two hundred more attendees, bringing in entertainment that will attract a new crowd, and holding it during the school year in the fall of 2013 to attract more students and have more food. We want move beyond simply gathering a large crowd. We want to attract those who are interested in making real changes to their diet. And my goal isn't simply to have exhibitors and speakers that are veg-friendly, but to bring the most engaging local and national exhibitors, speakers that communicate our compassionate message, nutrition information that is accurate and reliable, and food that is tasty, healthy, and affordable. With your help, we can make this happen.

The 2012 Twin Cities Veg Fest is one of the biggest events we have ever put on, with 1,200 attendees, 40 exhibitors, and 6 speakers – and extensive media coverage. But it's not just size that counts – it's quality. Our event communicated the gentle, compassionate message that helps people to take steps to reduce animal suffering. This event was overwhelmingly positive and our speakers and exhibitors brought a thought-provoking, respectful message to our audience.

Compassionate Action for Animals had many more accomplishments in 2012:

  • We screened Farm To Fridge, a new documentary that shows the brutal realities of factory farming, to 368 people.
  • We hosted our first ever Veg Week Kick-Off Concert.
  • We distributed 10,800 leaflets.
  • The Bridges of Respect Humane Education Program conducted 35 presentations on animal protection issues, reaching more than 1,000 students in local schools.
  • We hosted our 3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off, bringing in hundreds of people to sample vegan chili.
  • We added three national partners to VegGuide.org, Compassion Over Killing, Farm Sanctuary, and Vegan Outreach. This will greatly increase the exposure of VegGuide.org, giving everybody a useful tool to find veg options when eating out.

We did this and so much more. I'm grateful to all of the donors, volunteers, and businesses that contributed their time, energy, and passion to help animals.

Most of our funding comes from people like you – people who care about animals, and want to make a difference. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10? Your donation will be matched up to $15,000. You can make your donation online.

Thank you again for your generous support. We're making a difference for farm animals, and I appreciate the trust you've given to me.

Yours for the animals,

Unny Signature

Unny Nambudiripad

Winter Cooking Classes

Join AmyLeo Barankovich for vegan cooking classes this winter! She'll be teaching "Vegan Basics" and "The Joy of Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds."

On January 9th, join AmyLeo Barankovich at the Wedge Co-op from 7pm-9pm for a class called Vegan Basics. This class looks at why to become vegan and tours The Wedge to learn how to shop vegan, which includes meat substitutes and naturally occurring vegan foods: produce, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, and more. Back in the kitchen, you'll create Hearty Winter Chili and Gritty Red Pepper Corn Muffins – a match made in heaven. The cost is $35 or $32 for members and you can register by calling 612-871-3993 or signing up at the customer service desk. You can learn more about the class and the Wedge Co-op.

Join AmyLeo at the Mississippi Market in St. Paul on January 16th from 6pm-8:30pm for a class called The Joy of Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds. This class will take a more whole foods approach to vegan cooking by leaving out the meat analogs and making tasty, healthy vegan food with beans, nuts, and seeds. In this class you will prepare and sample Ancient Grain Banana Fritters, Almond Nut Loaf, Split Pea Soup and Cashew Nut Mylk. The class costs $35 or $32 for members and you can register online.

If you can't make it to the Joy of Legumes class on the 16th, AmyLeo will host the class again on January 30 from 6pm-8:30pm at the Seward Co-op. The class costs $35 or $32 for members and you can register for it at the customer service desk at the Co-op or you can call 612-338-2465. Learn more about the class.

AmyLeo will host yet another Joy of Legumes class on February 6th from 7pm-9pm at the Wedge Co-op, so you have 3 chances this winter to learn all about legumes and how you can make them work for you in the kitchen!

We hope to see you all there at one of these amazing vegan cooking classes!

The Humane League is Joining VegGuide.org

The Humane League, a group whose mission is to save the lives of as many animals as possible and to reduce as much animal cruelty as possible, is joining VegGuide.org to help bring more compassionate dining information your way.

Compassionate Action for Animals is happy to announce that The Humane League is joining VegGuide.org as a partner.

The Humane League was founded by Nick Cooney in 2005 and he still plays an integral part in the organization's efforts towards reducing animal suffering. Nick was a speaker at CAA's Their Lives, Our Voices conference in 2010 and wrote the book Change of Heart, an important piece of advocacy literature.

We are thrilled to be working with The Humane League on VegGuide.org. We will work with them to continue bringing you information on compassionate dining options no matter where you live, work, or travel.

Help Bring Vegan Comfort Food to Minneapolis!

Volunteers are currently working to help bring a vegan comfort food restaurant to Minneapolis and if you'd like to help be a part of the efforts we have information for you!

Are you interested in volunteering to help bring a 100% vegan "comfort food" restaurant to Minneapolis? Would you like to be part of the co-creation process and help find the location, set the menu, and write the business plan? Talking to folks in the local vegan community, there is always a lot of interest in having a comfort food vegan restaurant, so let's harness all that energy and make it happen!

Michael Maddox is currently working with a core group of 5-6 people working to bring a comfort food vegan restaurant to Minneapolis. They are still early in the process, recruiting volunteers, writing the business plan, and coming up with potential names for the restaurant. Meetings are held every other Sunday evening from 6:30-8pm and their next meeting is 12/09. You don't need any particular skills to help.

To find out more, check out their blog. You can also sign up for their mailing list for notifications about events related to the co-creation of the restaurant.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Michael at Michael.P.Maddox@gmail.com!

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