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Thanks Minnesota - September 2018


Dear friends of Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund,

What an incredible summer we’ve had! Despite the busy pace of the season when we’re all trying to fit in as much fun as possible, supporters of the MMAF have been true blue in their commitment to our shared cause. We’re so proud of how much we accomplished in the last few months when it comes to meeting our mission of saying “thanks” to every Minnesotan who served in a combat zone since 9/11 with a no-strings-attached cash grant.

A few weeks ago we held our largest summer fundraiser, Say Thanks Day. Though the cloudy Saturday weather wasn’t exactly what we ordered for this event, now in its 14th year, many of you faithfully turned out at Fort Snelling’s Boy Scout Base Camp for the 5K run and mile-long walk through Fort Snelling. And after the competitors crossed their finish line, MMAF crossed one of its own: the $11 million dollar mark!

In the post-race program, MMAF presented veteran John Adamic with a grant that brought the total amount distributed by the MMAF to over $11 million dollars. When we started our mission, we didn’t really ask ourselves if our goal was too high, or too unrealistic. We just knew we wanted to express our gratitude in some personal way. We had to let veterans know their service wasn’t just being taken for granted. Well, we figured out the details along the way, and with over 17,000 veterans thanked and over $11 million distributed, we’re so glad we trusted our instincts.

We’re always looking for new veterans to connect with our funding, and our booth at the State Fair this year gave us a great opportunity to get the attention of people from all over Minnesota. If you had a chance to stroll through the Great Minnesota Get Together on Military Appreciation Day (Aug. 28), we hoped you stopped by to say hi! Our director Joe Bennek was there, holding down the fort and sharing our mission with many interested fairgoers.