The North Stands was launched as bars and restaurants began to shut down in Minnesota during the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020.  As the pandemic took hold, there was a growing need for hospitality worker support. Lydia Andresen approached Northbound Creative, Chef David and Lori Fhima, Elijah Fhima, Chef Justin Sutherland and The Sanneh Foundation to launch The North Stands. This was the birth of the campaign to raise funds for a stipend program designed to support  hospitality workers who have lost income due to shutdowns and furloughs.


David Fhima

Lori Fhima

Eli Fhima

Tony Sanneh


Gary Andresen

Lydia Andresen

Justin Sutherland



David Fhima – FHIMA’S Minneapolis

Lori Fhima – FHIMA’s Minneapolis

Justin Sutherland- Handsome Hog

Seth Epstein – Thrifty Hipster (Past)

Lydia Andresen – Founder (Past)

Gary Andresen – Northbound Creative (Past)

Steve Silton – Cozen O’Connor (Past)

Tony Sanneh – The Sanneh Foundation

Will Preble – Aeterna Media (Past)

Eli Fhima – FHIMA’S Minneapolis