Minnesota Wild players are taking off their helmets and taking orders. On Monday evening, they became celebrity waiters at the “Wild About Children” fundraiser. St. Paul’s Union Depot was transformed in to a fancy restaurant for the event, which benefits Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Skater-turned-waiter Mikko Koivu says his serving skills trump those of his teammates.
Single-digit temperatures didn’t stop hundreds of families from taking a step towards helping children with deadly diseases. The annual “St. Jude Give. Thanks” walk raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Participants bundled up and strolled around Target Field Saturday morning. Seventy-five other cities around the nation also held similar events.
Man’s best friend was the man of the hour Saturday afternoon at a fundraiser in south Minneapolis. Underdog Rescue and Sweet Retreat Bakery on 50th Street and France Avenue hosted the event for a dog named Turtle, a puppy-mill survivor. Turtle has been going through treatments for pneumonia, and his vet bills have reached more than $10,000. Shannon McKenzie, director of Underdog Rescue, says every $1 cupcake sold at the fundraiser will help offset some of those expenses.
While many Minnesotan’s are planning festive holiday gatherings, some don’t even know where they are sleeping any given night. Beginning this weekend, The Sleep Out has families helping fight poverty, and that includes camping out in tents and cardboard boxes.
The Army recruiter who was hit by a Jeep and carried underneath the vehicle for nearly a mile remains hospitalized, and his coworker hopes a fundraiser will help offset the financial challenges his family is facing.
A birthday gift for a grandmother is stirring quite the buzz at one downtown Minneapolis coffee shop. A regular customer walked into a Caribou in downtown Minneapolis two weeks ago, and it became a moment Angela Sanders will never forget.
On a cloudy Saturday, women, men and children walked around Lake Nokomis to raise money and awareness of breast cancer as part of the Making Strides event. Many of the participants walking are survivors of the disease.
Some 18,000 were mesmerized by the music at the first ever We Day at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. But they were also transfixed by the message from a 62-year-old American who became the Queen of Jordan.
At the Mall of America this Sunday, hundreds will take part in a walk to raise money and awareness for the National Eating Disorders Association or NEDA. One of those walking will be 14-year-old Addie Gleekel who, for the past four years, has battled anorexia. Addie is still recovering from the illness, but wanted to share her story to help other teens and families.
The Twins’ ballpark was busy this morning — hours before their afternoon game. It was the “finish line” for Fifteen’s 5k, hosted by Twins pitcher Glen Perkins and his wife Alisha. Perkins wears jersey No. 15. The race started at the Metrodome and ended 3.2 miles later at home plate at Target Field, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
A Twin Cities non-profit, Keys for Kids, is helping young hospital patients have some fun. Keys for Kids has started the Ellen Project, where kids get to paint donated pianos, and sometimes those pianos are used to deliver live music right to the bedside.
Hockey greats are gathering Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to help raise money for the 2013 Bel13ve In Miracles Gala. Funds will go to spinal cord patients who can benefit from the same expensive therapy that has helped Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s hockey player who was hit during a game in December 2011 and became paralyzed.
The River Falls community is rallying behind Jessica Schaffhausen, who lost her three daughters, last year. Jessica’s turning the murders of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecilia into a positive, trying to build a playground as a memorial.
Brock Wood is on a journey. He’s kayaking the entire Mississippi River – from Itasca all the way to New Orleans. The kayaks first hit the water on June 17, but for Wood the journey began last year.
There are two reasons (one rational, one irrational) why Brock Wood is going to have no problem kayaking the 2,400 miles down the Mississippi this summer.