| Todd White knocks over a box full of stuffed animals in an effort to benefit Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank. |
Minnesota Wild center Todd White left nothing to chance on Monday at the Cub Foods Food Dash Charity Event to benefit Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank. Knowing he was facing Nick Schultz, the defending champion, and the always intense Eric Perkins of KARE 11, White strolled St. Paul’s Midway Cub Foods aisles for a solid 20 minutes as he scouted out prices on various goods.
White and his partner, Christine Ganske, racked up a whopping $2,673.84 worth of groceries in a five-minute span. The results shocked Schultz, a five-time veteran of the Food Dash. The Wild defenseman was despondent when he learned he and partner, Marc Gruebele, finished third behind Team White, and Team Perkins, which totaled $2,371.29 of goods in just one cart (he was unaware that participants were allowed to use more than one cart).
All tolled, the trio and their partners raised $6907.12 for Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank, which far exceeded the output from last year’s contest.
The only losers in the competition were a few bags of candy, which were ripped open by one of White’s cart wheels, and a bottle of olive oil, which slipped through the fingers of Perkins.
Once again, the contest was won and lost on the team’s proficiency in loading up expensive and compact bottles of spices. White and Ganske also loaded up on multi-packs of chewing gum, which took up little space in the streamlined Cub Foods carts. Schultz and Gruebele were hurt by accidentally grabbing items that were on sale, or "buy two, get one free."
For her and White’s efforts, Ganske walked off with a $500 Gift Card to Cub Foods. Mike Engalking, the partner of Perkins, took home a $250 gift certificate, while Gruebele settled for $100 worth of groceries.