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2017 Events


2017 Events

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


Saturday, June 17, 2017

11th Annual Freedom Run, Minnesota Lake, MN

The 11th annual Freedom Run took place on Saturday, June 17 in Minnesota Lake. Over 260 motorcycles and classic cars participated this year, making it the largest crowd in the event’s history. The morning program consisted of featured speakers, including MMAF’s Barry Winslow, and a marvelous rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Freedom Run Board Member Shelley Berndt. Upon finishing the ride, participants celebrated with music, a hog roast, a bean bag tournament, and a live auction with prizes. The event raised over $24,000, bringing the grand total to over $200,000 dollars over the past eleven years.

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 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 presented the 2017 Patriot Ride on Saturday, July 8, 2017. More than 5,100 riders participated in the 50 mile ride and over 8,000 people attended the day to show their support for Minnesota’s service members and their families. The pre-ride program was kicked off with performances from VocalEssence and a moving speech from MMAF Board Member and Vietnam Veteran, Barry Winslow. The St. Paul Police, the Donnie Smith Bike Show, Huey Helicopter and Commemorative Air Force all provided entertainment throughout the day and the afternoon Military Recognition Program honored Wounded Warriors and Gold Star Families for their service and sacrifices. Learn more about the Patriot Ride.

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 6:00 P.M.

Sovereign Estates Winery Fundraiser

MMAF was proud to join us Sovereign Estates Winery in Waconia for a fundraiser on Saturday, July 8 to hear the music of Joey Molland “Badfinger” with emcee Brian Zepp. Patrons heard great music from one of the founders of the "British Invasion" while supporting MMAF on a beautiful evening on Lake Waconia. Thanks to everyone who participated in the evening. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Minnesota Twins Military Day, Target Field

The Minnesota Twins honored  Specialist Ruben Vargas and Sergeant Anton Snyder at Target Field before the Twins played the Rangers on Sunday, July 23 as part of Military Appreciation Day. MMAF Board member and Vietnam Veteran, Barry Winslow awarded the grants as part of the pregame festivities.

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:30 A.M.

Leech Lake Area Ride for Vets - Walker Area American Legion Post 134

The sixth annual Leech Lake Area Ride for Vets took place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Walker American Legion. Over 100 riders were treated to great weather as they ventured out on their hundred mile trip throughout northern Minnesota to raise awareness for veterans and their families. Great support of the event helped raise nearly $8,500 this year. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 6:30 P.M.

Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team

The Twin Cities River Rats will hosted their 8th annual Military Appreciation show at their Minneapolis home site, just off of West River Road in between Broadway Avenue and Plymouth Avenue on Tuesday, August 23rd. With a military themed program and two flyboarders hoisting the American Flag, the Rats put on another outstanding performance as they barefoot skied, ski-jumped and built human pyramids. A crowd of over 1,500 spectators joined the Rats to help raise over $2,000 for MMAF. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, All Day

Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair

MMAF was excited to participate in the Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, August 29th. A new location in Dan Patch Park allowed for MMAF to hand out 1,000 re-usable grocery bags sporting our Thanks logo to fairgoers. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to learn more about MMAF.