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Thanks Minnesota - June 2017

01-May-2017

Dear Friends of Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund, 

Summer is here, and we hope you can participate in some of the fantastic events around the state that benefit MMAF and support our Minnesota troops

Freedom Run – June 17

Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund is proud to be the beneficiary of a special event taking place this Saturday. It’s called the Freedom Run, a motorcycle ride and classic car show in Minnesota Lake. Since its inception 11 years ago, the Freedom Run has raised $180,000 for MMAF!

“We as a group are proud and honored to say thank you to our troops by putting on this ride. If it weren't for our past and present military personnel who knows what our country would be. Some people look forward to Christmas or New Years, I look forward to the next Freedom Run.”

- DuWayne Berndt (Dew), Freedom Run Committee Member

To learn more about the Freedom Run, click here.


The Patriot Ride – July 8

Are you a biker or a rider? Then you’ll love the 2017 Patriot Ride, which will take place on July 8. 3,000+ riders are expected to participate in the 50-mile ride to show their support for Minnesota’s service members and law enforcement. Learn more and register at http://www.thepatriotride.org.


Say Thanks Day – August 19

Join us on Saturday, August 19 at the 2017 Say Thanks Day 5K run or 1-mile walk at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling! What a great way to say 'THANKS!' to the incredible men and women who have served and are serving our country!

Did you know Say Thanks Day is FREE to all service members and their immediate families, Scouts and all children 12 and under? If it couldn’t get any better, this year we welcome all middle school and high school cross country runners to participate for free. Everyone receives a free athletic shirt! Please spread the word.

Learn more and register at http://www.thankmntroops.org/announcements/2017-say-thanks-day.



MMAF is deeply touched by the countless heartfelt emails, Facebook messages, voicemails, letters and face-to-face interactions from our Minnesota military personnel and their families. We cannot underestimate the power of saying “thanks.” Following is one of the many messages MMAF has received:

Thank you so much for the generous grant. Spending 11 months apart from family was difficult, but it was made easier by the support of so many Minnesotans.”

-Emily Cano, Lester Prairie


Our efforts, and our donations matter. We are making a difference.

Thank you for your continued support of MMAF and our Minnesota troops!

Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund