ST. PAUL, Minn. — The best team in the NHL, the Minnesota Wild, in conjunction with West Bend and Kincaid’s Classic American Dining, announced earlier this week, that on Nov. 21, the Wild About Children charity dinner raised $150,000. This is the second largest amount in one night, since the Wild About Children event was first started eight years ago in 2003. To date, the Wild About Children charity, which aims to benefit Children’s Hospitals around the St. Paul area, has raised $814,000.
During the November 21 Wild About Children event, at the historic Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, Minn., Kincaid’s Classic American Dining catered and the Minnesota Wild players were the waiters. The Wild followed Captain Mikko Koivu in donating to the fund, as they helped establish the $150,000 donation total at the event.
Later, Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild, announced that the NHL’s top ranked team would be donating $100,000 to Wild About Children to help build two private patient rooms in the new Neuroscience and Epilepsy Ward at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. In early October, Koivu made a sizable donation to Children’s Hospital and was the first to offer another donation, for the aforementioned new private patient rooms.
Wild owner Craig Leipold and Wild Foundation executive director Amy Woog Patnode will present a check to Alan L. Goldbloom, MD, president and CEO of Children’s of Minnesota, during the first intermission of the game against the New Jersey Devils.
“The Minnesota Wild has been a long-time supporter of Children’s, and we are continually amazed by their generosity,” said Dr. Goldbloom. “This latest donation from Wild About Children will help us move closer to completing our Neuroscience and Epilepsy Center at our St. Paul hospital. This new facility will be extremely important in helping us deliver state-of-the-art care to children with epilepsy, brain tumors and other serious neurological conditions.”
The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and to improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey.
Since entering the NHL as an expansion franchise during the 2000 – 2001 season, the Minnesota Wild have donated over $7 million to charities across St. Paul. The team has provided the community with autographed and non-autographed merchandise and raised awareness for benefits, fundraisers profit and non-profit organizations.
For their efforts in raising money for the Wild About Children charity, we proudly award the Minnesota Wild with a well-deserved Gold Star!
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