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Thanks Minnesota - March 2018


Dear friends of Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund,

As we look forward to the end of winter, we’re busy working to press forward with our mission of thanking every Minnesotan who has served in a combat zone since 9/11. We’re making progress planning our annual fundraising dinner, coming up on May. Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Dinner is just one of many wonderful events in Minnesota that bring people together in support of our veterans.

The 12th annual Freedom Run will take place in Minnesota Lake on Saturday, June 18. Join us for a 100-mile rally through scenic south central Minnesota that draws hundreds of motorcycles and classic cars, all showing support for Minnesota’s service members and their families. Enjoy music, food and featured speakers during the morning program and come back to Minnesota Lake after the ride for live entertainment.

The Patriot Ride is another outing we always look forward to— a day of speakers, food & drink, live music, camaraderie, and of course, motorcycling fun. Come out and join us on June 30 for the 13th Annual Patriot Ride at the North Entrance of the Anoka County Airport. A 5,000-rider strong group of cyclists is expected to cover a 70-mile route this year, with many more supporters waiting to welcome them at the finish line. Learn more at the Patriot Ride’s official site.

Finally, our own Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Dinner will be held Thursday, May 3 at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hilton in Bloomington. We are privileged to welcome grant recipients as guests. If you or someone you know has received a grant and would like to attend the dinner, we’d love to arrange for you and a companion to come, with our compliments, at no personal expense. It’s going to be a moving evening, where we’ll be celebrating our 17,000th grant distributed. That’s a lot of veterans thanked since our founding after 9/11/01—and more than $10.8 million dollars distributed. Seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

We hope we’ll see you at one of these fantastic events!