With more than 80 competitions per year in 19 sports at the state and local levels, Special Olympics Minnesota challenges youth and adult athletes with disabilities. Training and competition in figure skating, gymnastics, bowling, and tennis, adapted to meet the needs of the athletes, focuses on the development of skills. Participation in the sports can help athletes develop mentally, socially, and physically and strengthen the bonds within families and communities in a safe and respectful environment. In Minnesota, 7,100 athletes take part in the games and year-round training, making friends, winning medals, and gaining confidence.
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Aegis Foundation sprouted from the mind of one man, but it has endured thanks to the tireless efforts and unyielding belief of a passionate board of directors. Always an avid volunteer, William Panzarella was working with a Minneapolis organization to help at-risk youth when they were forced to close due to lack of funding. Undaunted by the setback, William took up the challenge, establishing Aegis to help raise money for other organizations that provide safe, supportive environments for youth. Like cooties at a summer camp, the enthusiasm quickly spread, and Aegis soon found itself with chapters in Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Beneficiaries of Aegis’ efforts include organizations such as One Heartland, Project Footsteps, Reclaim, and other foundations that strive to help youth via disease prevention, vocational training, and education.
With the help of Twin Cities Celebrations’ fundraising platform, the Golden Grrrls benefit show will attempt to shimmy its way into the Guinness Book of World Records as more than 100 drag performers take the stage. The event will raise much-needed funds for The Aliveness Project’s Positive Impact Fund, which assists individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. The evening begins with a social time from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., before curtains are drawn to reveal the main event from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Snag a seat or standing perch to take in Fox 9’s Todd Walker on hosting duties and a bevy of entertainers including headliner Jackie Beat, Doug Anderson, Esera Tuaolo, and a nervous teenage stage hand. Celebrants can pose alongside a favorite performer for local shutterbug Richard Yates, then cut a rug or parquet floor as DJ Wendy Hunt closes the evening with a raucous lively turntable session.
For nearly a century, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has provided medical care for children along with clinical and surgical services. With 380 staffed beds at two campuses, the hospitals care for more than 125,700 kids each year. Their pediatric services subscribe to the most current research models and employ innovative practices to maximize the quality of care it provides.
Children’s cultivates a positive and welcoming environment for patients by providing kid-friendly diversions as well as resources for their families. Kids can take part in programming from Star Studio, the in-hospital TV channel, and parents can turn to interpreter services or parenting professionals for assistance.
Children’s will soon complete state-of-the-art renovations on both campuses, which will include private patient rooms, expanded surgery and triage centers, and an internal Ronald McDonald House. The additions will foster an open and airy atmosphere that provides comfort for patients, with designs that integrate science, art, and nature.
Music in the Schools (MIS), the Sinfonia’s inner-city education program, supports artistic learning for nearly 12,000 elementary students from 19 area schools, injecting classical music into their core curriculum. Visiting individual classes, professional musicians share their experiences with students while deftly blending mathematics, literature, history, and the sciences into the chords and rhythms of famous masterworks. As the culmination of this program, students in each school gather with the full orchestra for Sinfonia Day, an interactive concert where the children perform with the Sinfonia for their friends and families and share what they learned through the study of music.
Before becoming available for adoption, a recently retired greyhound undergoes a range of veterinary procedures, which may include spaying or neutering, dental care, treatment for worms and other parasites, medications, and vaccinations. After ensuring the animal is healthy, Greyhound Pets of America in Minnesota can embark on a quest to match it with a new home, while contributing to the costs of its foster care in the interim. Foster care allows the dogs to adjust to domestic life while helping foster caretakers evaluate their personalities to aid in the adoption process. The organization typically places 70–90 canines with permanent homes each year. As a nonprofit, Greyhound Pets of America in Minnesota relies on the help of donations in order to prepare greyhounds for adoption.