SAINT PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild Foundation's annual gala, Wild About Children presented by West Bend, raised over $240,000 this year. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Children's Minnesota heart failure and heart transplant care program and the Wild Foundation. Since the event first began in 2003, Wild About Children has raised more than $2.3 million to benefit Children's Minnesota and the Minnesota Wild Foundation.
The entire Wild roster traded in their jerseys for aprons to serve the nearly 400 guests in attendance an elegant three-course meal. The annual event was held on Dec. 16 at Xcel Energy Center, catered by Levy and featured wine and hors d'oeuvres passed by Wild celebrity waiters, and the opportunity for guests to get autographs and take photos with the team. The evening also included silent and live auction items and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the team.
Video: Wild About Children 2018 -- Behind the Scenes
The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. With help from Wild players, the Minnesota Wild Foundation supports pediatric medical causes, serves as the largest non-member funding source for Minnesota Hockey, and provides fundraising opportunities for youth hockey associations across the state. Since its inception in 2009, the Wild Foundation has distributed more than $3.6 million in grants to hockey organizations and children's medical related charities and has dispersed more than $1.9 million to local charities through its Split the Pot Raffle program to help create a Greater State of Hockey. For more information and to make a donation visit www.wild.com/foundation.
Children's Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children's serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Additionally, Children's is Minnesota's only Level I pediatric trauma center inside a hospital dedicated solely to children. Children's maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children's health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children's is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children's hospital. Please visit childrensMN.org.