Best Upcoming Summer Charity Events In Minnesota

June 16, 2014 5:00 AM

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While summer can be a time of bliss, it’s also important to remember those less fortunate, those who can’t lay out on the beach all day long or can’t go camping. There are plenty of ways to give back to those in need. Charitable organizations all across Minnesota are hosting events for you to take part in. Spend a few days this summer having fun while helping others.

Lake Calhoun

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Kids Against Hunger: Fill Their Plate Run
Lake Calhoun
36th St. & Calhoun Parkway W.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(952) 542-5600

Date: June 21, 2014 at 7 a.m.

For the kids who want to get involved with some running, this event is perfect for (most) ages. A small registration fee gets runners of all ages in heats around scenic Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, and know that your contribution is aiding a great cause of feeding the hungry children all across the metro. There is a 5k and a 10k for the serious runners, or a nice stroll for those looking to enjoy the setting. Fun runs for children will also be held. After the race, enjoy food from Fat Lorenzo’s and the Highland Grill. You’ve earned it.

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(credit: Linda Spillers/Race for the Cure via Getty Images)

Susan G. Komen 3-Day
Southdale Mall
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

(952) 925-7885

Date: Aug. 22-24, 2014 at 7 a.m.

One of the largest and most dedicated breast cancer events takes place Aug. 22, and doesn’t end until the 24. Starting at Southdale Mall in Edina and ending at the State Capital in St. Paul, you’ll walk approximately 20 miles each day, ending each evening at the mobile camp where dining tent, hot showers, tents and plenty of entertainment await. Three days are spent battling breast cancer, raising thousands of dollars and committing to the thought of those struggling with, and those that were lost to, breast cancer. 

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Walk For Wishes 5k Run Or 2 Mile Walk
Normandale Lake Park
W. 84th St and Chalet Road
Bloomington, MN 55348
(612) 767-9474

Date: Aug. 9, 2014 at 7 a.m.

There is a never-ending struggle to keep children safe and happy, and every little bit counts. Make A Wish Foundation hosts the Walk for Wishes around beautiful Normandale Lake for family and friends, neighbors or soon-to-be friends. Get together and do something good. The money being raised goes straight to helping those children struck with sever medical conditions. It’s a great reason to get out during the dog days of summer and get moving. Run or walk, you’re helping either way.

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(credit: Jupiter Images)

Federated Challenge for Kids in Minnesota
St. Paul RiverCentre
150 Kellogg Blvd W.
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 265-4800

Date: July 27-28, 2014

This two-day event has been helping children across Minnesota for 15 years. It starts July 27 at St. Paul’s majestic RiverCentre, with a dinner and auction to raise money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Minnesota. The golf tournament takes place the following day at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. 

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.

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