A million-dollar milestoneCharity Events of Minnesota CEO Kari Mitchell hopes the organization can raise $2 million in the next five years
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
Charity Events of Minnesota has raised more than $1 million to fight breast and men’s cancers. It took five years to hit the milestone and CEO Kari Mitchell thinks it’s a reason to celebrate.
“We have so many people who have supported us over five years,” said Mitchell.
The organization puts on two major cycling events a year — the Re/MAX Results AttaBoy Ride, which raises money for men’s cancers and the Hartford and Re/Max Results Breast Cancer Ride. The Breast Cancer Ride started five years ago and the Atta Boy ride started this past Father’s Day.
The proceeds from both events go to various organizations that support research and awareness of breast and men’s cancers. Mitchell said she especially likes to support grass roots organizations.
When Mitchell started she had hoped to get to $1 million faster, but the rough economy hindered the progress. However, despite a bad economy Mitchell said people have been willing to donate their time and money.
Whether people have crewed, volunteered, donated or participated in the two events Mitchell said many have helped. Mitchell said every minute volunteered and dollar donated has gone to a greater cause and she’s glad so many people have been willing to help.
Going forward, Mitchell hopes the organization can raise $2 million in the next five years for breast cancer and men’s cancers. Mitchell will admit it’s a lofty goal but big goals are what got her started.
In the meantime, Mitchell wants to celebrate the $1 million milestone with a party. Charity Events of Minnesota will host a party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Summit Brewery in the Rathskeller Room. Beer and root beer will be served and Tim Mahoney will perform. During the party riders can register for the Atta Boy or Breast Cancer Ride for $20.
Mitchell asks people to RSVP by Oct. 1 at email@example.com.