• Meet Allan Law, The Sandwich Guy

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    Allan Law’s earned the nickname, helping those in need in the Minneapolis area.

    <p>Allan Law’s earned the nickname, helping those in need in the Minneapolis area.</p>

Allan Law, a 32-year veteran in the Minneapolis Public School system, founded Minneapolis Recreation Development in 1967. Law made the program with a focus to feed and provide emergency assistance to as many people in need as possible. Since then, he has volunteered more than 175,000 hours, and has personally spent almost $500,000 serving the poor and homeless in the Minneapolis area.

Each night from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m., Law, aka “The Sandwich Guy,” drives the inner-city streets of the Twin Cities with an average of 1,600 homemade sandwiches and other aid in tow, in search of people that need some extra help.

For groups that want to help out, there are opportunities like volunteer sandwich making, or becoming a partner organization. Over 500 community groups, churches, schools and individuals have volunteered and donated time or money to the program in the last five years. 

Carly Van Veldhuizen, the mastermind behind Girl Friday’s mesmerizing creative custom installations, talks inspiration, materials and the value of a solid team.

 

The 2018 Meeting Planners Symposium held at The Graduate Minneapolis and McNamara Alumni Center was all about unique venues and experiences. From a Scrabble team challenge to a mini hackathon, meeting with no walls and a surprise session on a coach bus, this learning opportunity was anything but ordinary. Teams worked together to solve a complex problem and pitch their idea for $500 cash. Through beautiful chaos, attendees discovered fresh, unconventional approaches to do their jobs better.

 

This three-city area offers lodging, event space—and plenty of free parking.