ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the organization and Craig and Helen Leipold are donating a total of $50,000 to the We Love St. Paul/Midway Fund to help support the rebuild efforts for businesses located across Saint Paul that have been impacted by the recent civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic. The team is donating $25,000, and Craig and Helen Leipold are donating $25,000.
"In the wake of all that has happened in our community this summer, there is a lot of rebuilding that still needs to take place," said Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold. "This rebuilding process isn't just about bricks and mortar, it's also about trust. I am proud to join the Wild organization in support of the Saint Paul Midway Fund as we continue to try and unify our community. Helen and I, and our entire family, have felt so welcomed here from day one. This is our home."
The fund, a collaboration of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, the Midway Chamber of Commerce and the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, was created in an effort to help rebuild local businesses struggling due to heavy damage which occurred during recent civil unrest and the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds go towards immediate funding for the businesses damaged in the unrest, immediate funding for small businesses and businesses owned by people of color as well as long-term strategic planning and development.
"On behalf of more than 275 businesses and buildings damaged during the civil unrest, I want to express our deepest gratitude for this contribution," said Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce President and CEO B Kyle. "Support from the Minnesota Wild and its owner, Craig Leipold, represents the best of us: we take care of each other in Minnesota, the State of Hockey stands together. Thank you for leaning in so generously!"
For more information on how to donate to the We Love St. Paul/Midway Fund, please visit here.