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2018 Events


2018 Events

Check out the 2018 MMAF Annual Report

Thank you to the organizations and hard-working individuals who helped put together many events benefiting MMAF throughout the year and to those wo attended these events, helping us say “Thanks” to Minnesota’s service members and their families.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Freedom Run, Minnesota Lake, MN

The 2018 Freedom Run took place on Saturday, June 16 in Minnesota Lake. Thunderstorms had rolled through Southern Minnesota early in the morning, but the weather did not stop over 200 motorcycles and classic cars from taking part 100 mile rally. After a pre-race kickoff that included a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung by Shelly Berndt, the riders headed out for what turned into a gorgeous afternoon. Upon returning to Minnesota Lake, participants enjoyed live entertainment from the SwitchRoad Band, a hog roast, bean bag tournament, live auction and prizes.  Proceeds from the totaled over $20,000, meaning the Freedom Run has raised over $200,000 for MMAF.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

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

The thirteenth annual Patriot Ride took place on Saturday, June 30 at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, MN. More than 3,000 riders participated in the 50 mile ride to show their support for Minnesota’s service members and their families. Participants enjoyed live music, the Donnie Smith Bike Show and a demonstration from the St. Paul Police department. Eric Lundquist, a Navy SEAL and MMAF Steering Committee member, shared his how his personal experiences as a SEAL can translate into civilian life. The crowd was moved by Diana Beardsley, whose son SSG William J. Beardsley paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq in 2007, as she shared the experiences her family has undergone over the last decade. MMAF’s Skip Krawczyk was humbled to award a $5,000 grant check to the Beardsley family at the Ride.  Over the past 13 years, the Patriot Ride has raised nearly $500,000 for MMAF.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Minnesota Twins Military Day, Target Field

The Minnesota Twins Military Appreciation Day took place on Sunday, August 8, as the Twins took on the Baltimore Orioles. MMAF Co-Founder, General (Ret.) Dennis Schulstad awarded grant checks to Marine Corporal Benjamin Bengasser, of Nowthen, and Marine Lance Corporal Bryan Bodrog, of River Falls during the pregame festivities. The grant recipient and their families then enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon as the Twins defeated the Orioles.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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

The eighth annual Leech Lake Area Ride for Veterans took place on Saturday, August 18. The ride began at the Walker Area American Legion Post 134 and took participants on a 100 mile ride through the Walker area. MMAF’s own Cheri Ford spoke as part of the post-ride program and awarded grant a grant check to Marine Sergeant Justin Laurs, of Grand Rapids. This year’s ride raised over $5,000, bringing the eight year total just nearly $50,000 raised for MMAF.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team

The Twin Cities River Rats hosted their tenth annual Military Appreciation show at their Minneapolis home site on the Mississippi River on Tuesday, July 10. The Rats put on another outstanding performance as they barefoot skied, ski-jumped and built human pyramids on the river. MMAF Executive Director, Kelly Boston, spoke to the crowd of over 1,500 spectators and explained that many of those performing for the Rats have served in the military and have received grants from MMAF over the last decade. Proceeds from the evening totaled over $3,000 raised for MMAF, bringing the total to over $20,000 over the last ten years.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair held it’s annual Military Appreciation Day on Tuesday, August 28, providing MMAF a unique opportunity to interact with service members and their families. Pouring rain and the occasional clap of thunder didn’t stop Fairgoers from visiting the MMAF booth and picking up a MMAF branded reusable grocery bag. It was great to meet many veterans that had received grants from MMAF and to share information about the organization to service members and veterans who planned to apply for a grant.