SAINT PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild Foundation's annual gala, "Wild About Children" presented by West Bend, raised over $230,000 this year. As a result, the Cancer Kids Fund at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will receive $150,000 to help families with a child battling cancer or blood disorder. The remaining funds will support Wild Foundation initiatives like the Wild Idea Grant program and partners like Minnesota Hockey and DinoMights.
The entire 2016-17 roster of Wild players traded in their jerseys for aprons to serve a crowd of over 350 guests an elegant three-course meal. The annual event was held Monday, Nov. 7 at Saint Paul RiverCentre, where the team signed autographs and took photos with guests. The evening began with wine and hors d'oeuvres passed by Wild players serving as celebrity waiters, included silent and live auction items and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the team.
In its 13-year history, the "Wild About Children" gala has raised more than $1.4 million to benefit Children's of Minnesota. The Cancer Kids Fund provides extra services and amenities that bring additional care and comfort to kids and families in the midst of a cancer or blood disorder journey.
The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. Since its inception in 2000, the Minnesota Wild has invested more than $14 million dollars back into the community through donations and service. 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. For more, visit wild.com/foundation.