The Minnesota Wild announced today that Wild About Children, presented by West Bend, raised $162,000 for the Minnesota Wild Foundation and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The event was held Dec. 9 at the historic Union Depot in downtown St. Paul, and was catered by Kincaid’s. In its 10-year history, Wild About Children has raised more than $1,100,000.
The entire Wild roster served as celebrity waiters and traded in their jerseys for aprons to wait on 275 guests. The event raised money through several fundraising vehicles, including a silent and live auction.
The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and to improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey.
Last season, the event raised $144,000 for the Minnesota Wild Foundation and Children’s of Minnesota. Two seasons ago, the Wild Foundation donated $100,000 from Wild About Children to sponsor two private patient rooms in the new Neuroscience Unit at Children’s in St. Paul.
Since its inception in 2000, the Minnesota Wild has invested over eight 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 381 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 300,000 emergency room and other outpatient clinic visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children.