A Time to Give
This year, give back to your community by giving of your time, talents, and resources.
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Charitable Events Around Town
Spotlight on Angel Gala
Who? Angel Foundation, benefiting Minnesota families facing cancer
What? Angel Gala
When? January 25, 2014 at Hilton Minneapolis from 6–11 p.m.
Why? Join emcee James Denton (of Desperate Housewives fame), motivational speaker Jearlyn Steele, and the uplifting Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir for an entertaining, inspiring evening. Enjoy a silent auction and reception, elegant dinner and program, and after-party dancing. Last year, more than $425,000 was raised at this event. Go to www.mnangel.org for more information.
To Benefit the Kids
Star Gala: April 5, 2014, to raise funds to support Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Dawn of a Dream Gala: This black-tie gala benefits the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, supporting research at the University of Minnesota that is related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of childhood cancers.
Friends of St. Jude Masquerade Ball, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Twin Cities Official Oscar Party presented by Aegis Foundation, benefiting Smile Network, a humanitarian organization that provides life altering, reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and young adults in developing countries; and The Sanneh Foundation, using the appeal of sports, especially soccer, to unite diverse communities, helping at-risk youth develop into leaders.
Fight for the Kids, a benefit for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), with funds for training, education, and prevention efforts for fetal alcohol syndrome disorders.
To Benefit the Animals
Walk for Animals, benefiting the Animal Humane Society.
Fore Paws Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for Helping Paws, furthering the independence of individuals with physical disabilities through the use of service dogs.
Chef’s Brigade Dinner, featuring the talents of over 40 local chefs during a multi-course feast, is the premier fundraiser for We Can Ride, providing quality therapeutic horseback riding programs to people living with disabilities.
Whisker Whirl Gala, benefiting the Animal Humane Society.
Pause for Paws, a fundraiser for Second Chance Animal Rescue, dedicated to rescuing, caring for and adopting out homeless dogs and cats into loving and responsible homes.
If You’re an Adventure-Seeker
The Most Amazing Race: July 26, 2014. Up to 30 two-person teams race around Minneapolis and St. Paul, solving clues at various checkpoints. The money raised benefits the Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club, alleviating hunger and homelessness in the Twin Cities.
Mississippi River Challenge: This two-day, 39-mile paddling event benefits Friends of the Mississippi River, a nonprofit organization raising funds and awareness for a cleaner, healthier river.
MuckFest MS: August 2, 2014. This military-style obstacle course of mucky fun benefits The National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, providing programs and services to those living with MS, and supporting research to find a cure and cause.
Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge: March 1, 2014 (other community dates range from January through March). Presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota. In 2013, over 15,000 participants raised over $3 million for Special Olympics Minnesota by plunging into an icy lake in 16 different communities.
Walk, Run, Bike, or Climb
Fight for Air Stair Climb: February 22, 2014. A timed stair climb (660 steps!) on Feb. 22, 2014, benefiting the American Lung Association.
March for Babies: April 26, 2014. A 2-mile walking route at Como Park with funds benefiting March of Dimes research and programs, helping Minnesota moms have healthy,
The Twin Cities Heart Walk: May 31, 2014. Support the American Heart Association’s efforts to raise funds and awareness to save lives from the country’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers—heart disease and stroke.
Bike MS 150 Ride: June 6-8, 2014. A two-day bike ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, helping the National MS Society fund cutting-edge research and support programs and services
for more than 17,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the Upper Midwest Chapter area.
Run for Blood: July 26, 2014. Quarter marathon & 5K around Lake Calhoun. Participate and support American Red Cross Blood Services, because “blood is the gift of life” and there are no alternatives to blood transfusions for accident victims, women giving birth, cancer patients, people undergoing surgery, and children with blood disorders.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day: August 22-24, 2014. A 60-mile three-day walk Aug. 23-25, 2013, funding local and national breast cancer research and public health outreach programs.
*Support all of your favorite Minnesota charities on Give to the Max Day. For more information, visit www.giveMN.org.
**For an online calendar of charitable events, visit http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/Events-Pics-Calendars/Charitable-Registry/.