Thursday, November 7, 2013

Welcome to two Assistant Ride Captains (ARC's):  Rich Klugherz in Metro SW and Conrad Slocum in Duluth Sector.  Thank you to both!! 
We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Hibbing ARC Richard (Dick) "Chappy" Chapman.
Donation tally's for the 2013 Patriot Ride are in - thank you for your support!  Proceeds from the Patriot Ride greatly benefit two organizations - the MMAF and the MN PG.  This year, both organizations received $45,386 each!
Our portion of proceeds, along with our store sales and other donations go to benefit our military and veterans right here in MN:

- MMFF (MN's Military Family Foundation) help military families in crisis - it's a quick turnaround of funds to get them on their feet, and may include car repairs, groceries, furnace or other appliance repairs, etc.

- We use a little over $8,000.00 annually at our Vet Homes, for things like bingo, and food for BBQ's and cook-outs. And we donate a little over $3,000.00 annually to our Veteran/Disabled Veteran Hunts (turkey, pheasant, deer hunts)

- Flags for the MN Fallen - this is a nationwide group that donates a large flagpole and flag for our Gold Star families, to be placed where they choose. Here in MN, we cover the cost for our MN KIA's.

- Internal costs for things such as our webpage and email system, insurance, legal fees, postage, our Post Office box. We also have mission expenses for things such as the plaques & coins given at missions to families of our KIA's or current serving military.

- we also donate to things such as the 34th Division Chaplain Fund, Disabled Vets Rest Camp, Project Backpack, TTTT Education Fund, AUSA Toys for Military Kids, Wreaths Across America/Wreaths for the Fallen, official military unit Dining In's/Outs to assist those in the rank of E4 and below to attend these military events steeped in tradition, etc.
Thank you for all you do!!!