Say Thanks Day 2018
August 25, 2018 at Fort Snelling.
Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund held its Fourteenth annual Say Thanks Day event on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Boy Scout Base Camp at For Snelling. The morning brought moderate temperatures and enthusiastic participants ready to show their appreciation for Minnesota’s service members and their families. Over 300 people came out to enjoy family-friendly activities, live music and to take part in the walk and 5K run.
Congratulations to the top 5K competitors in each age category:
- 17 and Under: Cullen Feist and Cora Adam
- 18 – 35: Nathan Martinez and Sydney Eckert
- 36 – 50: Matt McCoy and Kathryn Wyatt
- 51 – 65: Shaun Stevens and Candy Dreshar
- 66 and Over: Rob Ogren
Participants began arriving before 8:00 a.m. to music from the Emerson Avenue Band and a host of volunteers from Sit Investment Associates, TDS Inc. and the Harding High School Junior ROTC program. The event emcee, MMAF’s own Barry Winslow, kicked off pre-race festivities at 8:45, welcoming participants and thanking them for supporting Minnesota’s service members. Following a moment of silence to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country, Emerson Avenue played moving renditions of Taps and the Star Spangled. Over 100 runners moved to the starting line at 9:00. A few minutes later, more than 150 walkers made their way to the starting line and began the mile walk.
Maverick opened the post-race program by introducing MMAF Chair, Roger Sit, who gave a brief recap on the current grant totals and the important milestones MMAF has reached in the past year. Roger was joined on stage by Army Private First Class John Adamic, of Stillwater, who received a grant for injuries he sustained in Iraq. PFC Adamic thanked shared a brief message with the crowd and thanked those in attendance for their support of he and his fellow veterans and service members. Roger then announced that with the grant check to PFC Adamic, MMAF had awarded over $11 million dollars to Minnesota’s service members and families. Barry then returned to the stage to recognize the winners of the 5K run. Upon conclusion of the program, participants took turns climbing the Minnesota Army National Guard’s portable rock climbing wall, climbing on the Base Camp Ropes Course, bouncing on inflatable bounce houses and admiring the Red Bull Historic Military Vehicles Association’s display.
A special thanks goes to event sponsors: Sit Investment Associates, Federated Insurance, TDS Inc., The William Cooper Foundation, Atomic Data and the Wealth Enhancement Group. MMAF also thanks Northern Star Scouting and Base Camp for allowing Say Thanks Day to take place at their beautiful location and the Emerson Avenue Band for creating a festive atmosphere with their outstanding music.