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Thanks Minnesota - June 2018


Dear friends of Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund,

Hello, and welcome to summer! Thank you to those who were able to attend our annual Fundraising Dinner on May 3, 2018. With your help, we were able to raise $400,000 for our cause. The generosity of our donors and the continued support of our grant recipients have helped us as we have now awarded grants to over 17,000 Minnesota service members and their families. With that great support, we’ll proudly continue our mission of “Thanks” as we strive to award a grant to every Minnesotan that has served in harms-way since September 11, 2001. If you couldn’t attend the dinner and want to support MMAF, we encourage you to join us for one of the great events that benefit MMAF.

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, we’ll be heading to Minnesota Lake to take part in the 12th Annual Freedom Run. The Freedom Run will take participants on a 100-mile mystery ride through southern Minnesota. Over $200,000 has been raised for MMAF over the 11 year history of the ride and with featured speakers, a hog roast, live music and more, the event is sure to be a hit again this year. Visit the Freedom Run Facebook Page for more information on Saturday’s event and join us as we show our appreciation to Minnesota’s service members and their families!  

On Saturday, June 30, 2018 more than 5,000 motorcycle riders will take place in the 13th Annual Patriot Ride and depart from the Anoka County Airport in Blaine to cruise through an extended, 70-mile route through the north metro. The Patriot Ride has raised nearly $450,000 from MMAF over the past twelve years and we’re excited for another great turnout this year! Check out the Patriot Ride website for more information and join us for one of the most visually and emotionally powerful events in Minnesota.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Say Thanks Day! Join us on Saturday, August 25, at Fort Snelling’s Boy Scout Base Camp. We’ll have live music, a climbing wall, kids’ carnival, and more—so bring the whole family to this free event. The Patriot Parachute Team, made up of former Navy SEALs, will make an exciting entrance as they parachute jump into the Base Camp site and if you feel up to run, we’ll be hosting the 5K run through the Fort Snelling State Trail and mile-long walk through the upper fort.  

There really is no place like Minnesota, and we thank everyone who makes our troops proud to call this state home. Make sure to find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest news on what’s happening every day with MMAF.