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Wild About Children Raises $150,000

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

Wild About Children
, an event hosted by the Minnesota Wild’s partnership with West Bend and Kincaid’s Classic American Dining, raised $150,000. This is the second largest fundraising total in the history of the event. Over a period of eight years, the Wild About Children event has contributed more than $814,000 to benefit Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Wild About Children presented by West Bend and catered by Kincaid’s, was held on Monday, November 21, at the historic Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul with proceeds benefiting Children’s. The entire Wild roster served as celebrity waiters and traded in their jerseys for aprons to wait on the nearly 275 guests in attendance. The event raised money through several fundraising vehicles, including a silent and a live auction. See the video of the event here and a photo gallery here

This year, the Minnesota Wild Foundation will follow the lead of Minnesota Wild team captain Mikko Koivu and donate $100,000 from Wild About Children to sponsor two private patient rooms in the new Neuroscience and Epilepsy Center at Children’s Hospital in Saint Paul. On October 14, Koivu made a generous donation to Children’s and was the first to sponsor two private patient rooms on the same floor.

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 tonight’s 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 its inception in 2000, the Minnesota Wild has invested over seven million dollars back into the community. The organization has provided autographed and non-autographed merchandise for local fundraisers and benefits, made contributions to non-profit organizations, implemented successful events and provided awareness and brand connectivity for smaller non-profit organizations. 

Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 340 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children.

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