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2015 Events


2015 Events

Thank you to the organizations and hard-working individuals who help put together many events benefitting MMAF throughout the year. Please join MMAF at these events as we say “Thanks” to Minnesota’s service members and their families.

2015 Annual Report

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9:00 A.M.

The Patriot Ride, Key Air (Anoka County Airport), Blaine, MN

The Minnesota Patriot Guard, Dennis Kirk and Tribute to the Troops present the 2015 Patriot Ride. The ride moved to Key Air, on the north end of the Anoka County Airport, for the 2015. More than 3,300 riders participated in the 50 mile ride to show their support for Minnesota’s service members and their families. Participants enjoyed live music, food, parachute jumps, the Donnie Smith Bike Show and featured speakers. MMAF was proud to award a grant to SGT Marcus Kuboy for injuries he sustained while serving in Iraq in 2007. Proceeds benefited MMAF along with the Minnesota Patriot Guard. Learn more about the Patriot Ride.

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 12:00 P.M.

9th Annual Freedom Run, Minnesota Lake, MN

The 9th annual Freedom Run took place on Saturday, June 2015 in Minnesota Lake. Hundreds of motorcycles participated in the 100-mile ride to show appreciation for Minnesota's military personnel and their families. The Freedom Run has raised over $125,000 for MMAF over the past nine years. Proceeds from the ride go to Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund. Learn more about the Freedom Run.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Minnesota Twins Military Day, Target Field

MMAF honored four Minnesota military service members with grants at the Minnesota Twins Military Appreciation Game on Sunday, July 12 against the Detroit Tigers. All four Minnesota service members had received Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat: Army Specialist Joshua Sams of Hanover, Army Specialist Marco Solt of Brooklyn Center, Army Sergeant Joseph Devon of Minneapolis and Army Specialist Richard Smith of Elko. Thank you for helping us to honor these heroes at the game!!

August - September

WCCO More Than Names Campaign

Throughout the late summer and fall of 2015, MMAF partnered with WCCO TV for the More Than Names Campaign to recognize and support our military members and their families. Minnesotans all across the state had the chance to sign a 102-by-76 foot flag, a flag large enough for more than 150,000 names. Everyone who signed the flag is part of the world record for most signatures on a flag. The goal of the campaign was to break a world record while showing gratitude to veterans of all generations.

Panels of the More Than Names Flag were brought to events for MMAF, including the Twin Cities River Rats show, the Lake Ride for Veterans, and Say Thanks Day. At those three events alone, over 2,500 signatures were added to the flag. At the State Fair, WCCO asked attendees to sign panels at their booth, resulting in nearly 100,000 signatures throughout the eleven days.

But saying “Thank You” was only half of the campaign, the other half was support. On two separate occasions, WCCO hosted phone during their newscasts to raise funds for MMAF. As part of the phone banks, WCCO shared the stories of a number of MMAF grant recipients. One was Marcia Hergott, whose son was the first Minnesotan killed in Iraq. Another was Staff Sergeant Scott Adams, who was severely burned in an IED explosion. The grant recipients shared their stories to illustrate the importance of MMAF and why the organization is a continued necessity for veterans and their families.

Panels of the More than Names Flag were sewn together and unveiled at the Minnesota Wild game on Tuesday, November 10. Thank you to everyone who signed the flag to show their support and to the many volunteers who made the campaign a huge success!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:30 P.M.

Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team

The Twin Cities River Rats will hosted their seventh annual Military Appreciation show at their Minneapolis on August 25th, a week later than originally planned due to severe weather . The Rats put on another outstanding performance as they barefoot skied, ski-jumped, built human pyramids and performed to a crowd of nearly 1,000 people. The event raised more than $2,000 for MMAF this year. For more information on the River Rats, Click Here!

Saturday, August 22, 2015 8:30 A.M.

Leech lake Area Ride for Vets – Walker American Legion Post 134, Walker, MN

The 5th Annual Leech Lake Area Ride for Veterans took place on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Walker American Legion Post 134. The 100 mile ride will raised awareness for veterans while also raising funds for MMAF. Nearly 100 bikes took part in the ride that has raised nearly $20,000 for MMAF over the past 3 years.  

September 9th - 13th, 2015

Say Thanks Day and The Wall That Heals

Click Here for information on MMAF's Say Thanks Day and The Wall That Heals