Donate Now to Honor Porky’s Drive-In

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Recognize this place? This corner – the former site of St. Paul’s famed Porky’s Drive-In Restaurant – is once again bright with a one-of-a-kind photo mural depicting the history of University Avenue.Porkys St Paul panel overview - small

For decades, Porky’s was a landmark in the Midway area of St. Paul. The legendary neon pig sign beckoned people of all ages to this popular hang-out that was a cruising destination for street rod lovers near and far. In 2011, Porky’s was moved to the Little Log House Pioneer Village, and the Porky’s site has been developed into a new senior housing complex for Episcopal Homes.

Save the Pig

Porky’s may be gone, but it is definitely not forgotten. The Preservation Alliance and Episcopal Homes worked together to design a photographic mural that pays tribute to the drive-in and the car culture that shaped the look and feel of University Avenue for most of the twentieth century. NOW, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RAISE $30,000 TO COVER THE COSTS TO CREATE AND INSTALL THE MURAL.

Make a tax-deductible contribution and as a thank you at each donation level, you’ll receive one (or more!) of many great rewards that you can proudly display to show your appreciation for the history of University Avenue.

Donation levels:

$25 – support the mural and get a magnet to adorn your fridge

$50 – support the mural and get a magnet AND a nifty t-shirt with a retro Midway Center logo (pictured at right)Midway Center tshirt

$75 – support the mural and get a magnet and a poster print of the mural design

$100 – support the mural and get a poster, a t-shirt, AND a magnet

$250 – support the mural, get a poster print signed by artist Giesla Hoelscher, a t-shirt, magnet, AND an exclusive artist talk/reception.

Not interested in receiving a reward and just want to help us reach our goal? You’re welcome to give at any amount for your gift to be 100% tax-deductible.

Click HERE to go to the donation page. Please use the Notes and Comments section near the bottom of the page to indicate your t-shirt size (unisex), or to waive your rewards and make your gift 100% tax-deductible.

Thanks for your support!