Author: Megan Kuneli

Duluth Getaway Raffle - May 15, 2022

Duluth Getaway Raffle Gets Underway

Published April 26, 2022

Tickets for Merrick’s Duluth Getaway Raffle are now available for purchase at just $10 each. The winning package includes the following:

  • $500 Canal Park Lodge gift certificate
  • $75 Grandma’s Restaurants gift card
  • $50 Speedway Gas gift card
  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Swag Bag
  • (4) Great Lakes Aquarium admission passes

The second place winner will receive a YETI Tundra 35 Cooler and the third $100 in cash. The winning tickets will be decided on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Flaherty’s Arden Bowl during Merrick’s Bowl-A-Thon. However, you do not need to be present to win.

To purchase tickets, contact Megan Kuneli at (651) 789-6207 or Tickets may be purchased by anyone over the age of 18.

2022 Plant Sale: May 6 & 7

Plant Sale Returns Mother’s Day Weekend

Published April 25, 2022

In just a couple weeks, Merrick’s Plant Sale will take place on May 6 between 3 and 6 pm and May 7 between 9 am and noon at our main program site located in Vadnais Heights, and everyone is invited. With hanging pots, patio pots, 6-packs, and individuals pots of varying sizes, there’s something for everyone, not to mention your mother or other significant woman in your life. Funds raised from this annual event support our horticultural program for adults with disabilities. Prices range from $2.50 for individual pots to $15.00 hanging baskets.

2022 Bowl-A-Thon

The Bowl-A-Thon You’ve Been Asking For

Published April 1, 2022

Get ready for a fabulously fun morning at Flaherty’s Arden Bowl because Merrick’s Bowl-A-Thon returns on Sunday, May 15, 2022! Registration costs $100 per bowler and includes two hours of bowling, donuts, door prizes, and pizza. Sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1,000 are also available for purchase for individuals interested in making a larger impact.

The $100 bowler registration fee can be raised through pledges. Pledge envelopes are available upon request. In addition, bowlers can create their own fundraising webpage to collect online pledges. The top three Merrick client bowlers who raise the most money from pledges will receive gift cards in the amount of $75, $50, and $25, respectively.

For more information regarding registration, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities, please visit Often considered Merrick’s “most fun” fundraiser, this is one event that you don’t want to miss.

Pebble Beach Raffle

Pebble Beach Raffle Tickets Available

Published March 24, 2022

Tickets for Merrick’s Pebble Beach Raffle are available for purchase at $1,000 per ticket. However, don’t let the cost dissuade you. With a three-night stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, one round of golf for four at three legendary golf courses (Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Spanish Bay), and an additional $2,000 for travel expenses, this is a golfer’s dream vacation package. The draw will take place on June 6, 2022, Manitou Grill in White Bear Lake; however, you do not need to be present to win. For full details, please visit Tickets may be purchased by contacting Megan Kuneli at (651) 789-6207 or

Report to the Community 2021

Published March 10, 2022

Merrick, Inc.’s 2020-21 Report to the Community is now available! The Report to the Community provides readers with an inside look into Merrick, Inc., over the past year. Moreover, it showcases how your support positively impacts the lives of nearly 400 adults with disabilities served by Merrick. For those interested, the PDF version of the report may be downloaded here. If you prefer a hard copy of the report, feel free to drop by our main office in Vadnais Heights to pick one up. Alternatively, you may contact Megan at (651) 789-6207 or to have one sent to your home.

2022 Policies & Procedures Revisions

Published February 25, 2022

Merrick implemented several policy and procedure changes that impact service delivery. These changes include the following:

  1. In all policies and procedures, persons served are identified as “clients” rather than “individuals” or “people receiving services.” There were also many changes identifying staff persons as “employees” rather than “DSPs,” and we updated manager position titles.
  2. An addition to the Admissions Policy regarding clients being put on a waiting list.
  3. The Guiding Principles were updated with new service definitions due to the waiver reimagine project from DHS.
  4. The Program Abuse Prevention Plans for both locations were updated to include a response for factors that reduce health and safety of clients such as a pandemic and also services no longer provided including Adult Day and Memory Care Services. Both plans also include updated demographics.

A PDF document of Merrick’s revised Policies and Procedures can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Policies & Procedures – 2022 Revisions

Registration Opens for Charity Golf Scramble

Published February 18, 2022

Registration for Merrick, Inc.’s 27th Annual Charity Golf Scramble is open! Presented by Royal Credit Union, the event will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022, at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wisconsin. However, golfer slots are limited so don’t wait to save your spot. As in previous years, the cost to golf is $175 per person or $700 per foursome. Moreover, sponsorships that include golfer slots are also available starting at the $500 level. For more information, visit All funds raised benefit Merrick, Inc., in its mission to empower adults with disabilities.

2021 Empower! Lunch Picture Gallery

Posted December 27, 2021

Check In Table
Table Setting
Room Layout
Room Layout 2
Dollie Richmond & Tricia Paul
Hamilton Family
Empower Guests
Jamey Austad & Guest
JWB & Matt Birk
Mary & John Barker
Matt Clysdale & Matt Birk
JWB At Podium
Matt Clysdale At Podium
Matt Birk At Podium
Signing Books
Matt Birk & Dollie Richmond
Matt Birk & Melissa Metzdorf (3)
Matt Birk & Sharon Grundhofer
DeYoung Family
Matt Birk & Tricia Paul