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Wild About Children Giving Campaign and Online Auction to launch on May 3

Campaign and online auction will culminate in broadcast event finale on May 13

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild will launch its premiere fundraising event online this season with the Wild About Children Giving Campaign and Online Auction, presented by West Bend Mutual Insurance, to benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation and Children's Minnesota. The campaign and online auction will begin Monday, May 3 at noon (CT) at wild.com/wac.

The Minnesota Wild Foundation is taking its efforts online this year to hold its annual Wild About Children fundraising event. The exclusive online fundraiser will allow fans and donors the opportunity to make donations, purchases and place bids on truly unique memorabilia and auction items. The campaign and online auction will begin on Monday, May 3 at noon (CT) at wild.com/wac and will close on Thursday, May 13 at the conclusion of the Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues game that starts at 7 p.m. (CT). Bally Sports North will highlight the fundraising event and feature exclusive one night only items throughout their broadcast of the Wild at Blues game on May 13.

A portion of the funds raised will go to support Children's Minnesota Cancer and Blood Disorders program. Since the first event in 2003, Wild About Children has raised over $2.5 million for charity with more than $1.6 million benefitting Children's Minnesota. The auction will feature Favorite Things Baskets donated by Wild players and their families, Hockey Fights Cancer warm up jerseys from the Wild vs. Golden Knights May 3rd matchup, game used, autographed items including Reverse Retro jerseys and equipment and much more.

The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. With generous support from Wild players, corporate sponsors, fans and donors, the Minnesota Wild Foundation supports pediatric medical causes, serves as the largest non-member funding source for Minnesota Hockey, and has provided fundraising opportunities for youth hockey association and non-profits throughout the State of Hockey. Since its inception in 2009, the Wild Foundation has distributed more than $4.5 million in grants to hockey organizations and children's medical related charities and has dispersed over $2.4 million to local charities through its Split the Pot Raffle program. Together we create a Greater State of Hockey. For more information and to make a donation visit www.wild.com/foundation, email mnwildfoundation@wild.com or call 651-602-6000. Follow the Minnesota Wild Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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 Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Additionally, Children's Minnesota is Minnesota's only Level I pediatric trauma center inside a hospital dedicated solely to children. Children's Minnesota 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 Minnesota received Magnet® recognition from The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and was verified as a Level I Children's Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons in 2018. Additionally, Children's Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children's hospital. Please visit childrensMN.org.

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company has been insuring homes, autos, and businesses for more than 125 years. Headquartered in West Bend, Wisconsin, the company employs more than 1,300 associates and partners with 1,500 independent insurance agencies in 13 states to bring these products and services to their valued customers.

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