Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Dear Friends of DinoMights,
During the last 15 years an unlikely group of urban kids has been saying things that we aren't used to hearing. They have been saying things like,
"Hockey is for Everyone."
"We are graduating from high school!"
"I'll be serving my community this summer."
"The Lord has changed my life."
DinoMights has been making a statement for 15 years. In 1995, John Foley founded DinoMights with just 12 participants. Since that time the group has grown. We expect to serve 325 kids in 2010. The group has traveled the world from Minneapolis to Chicago to Detroit to South Africa! For a decade and a half, long-term relationships between inner-city youth and positive caring adults has resulted in an overall graduation rate 30% higher than the rate for Minneapolis Public Schools. Those same students are serving their communities and involved in their churches. Today all signs point to a bright future carrying on the legacy that began 15 years ago. On the brink of our 15th Anniversary DinoMights Makes a Statement!
DinoMights circa 1999
DinoMights is a youth development organization in Minneapolis, MN that serves children from early childhood to high school graduation with the mission, “to equip our urban youth to develop Physical, Academic, Social and Spiritual excellence” (P.A.S.S). We use hockey as an incentive to foster whole life development in a diverse group of children residing in the Phillips, Powderhorn, and Central neighborhoods. We provide academic tutoring and enrichment; community service and mentorship; and various faith based activities that help fulfill the mission.
We will be celebrating our Anniversary and Making Statements for our future at The DinoMights' 15th Annual Fundraiser on Monday November 16, 7:00 PM at International Market Square (275 Market Street, Minneapolis, MN). The event will feature a student led program, desserts by D'Amico Catering, a Silent Auction, and a chance to Make your own Statement with your support of DinoMights. Our special guest this year will be The Stanley Cup. Bring your cameras if you want to get a picture with the Cup! The Stanley Cup is the oldest sports trophy in the world. We will learn more about its history and legend from the Cup handlers during our program. The Silent Auction will feature many of the same items that guests have enjoyed in the past: Sports Memorabilia, Event Tickets (Gopher Hockey, Guthrie Theater, Children's Theater), and items that make great Christmas gifts. In addition we will have Two Night Stays at both Grand Superior Lodge and Caribou Highlands located on Lake Superior's North Shore!
One of the main reasons that DinoMights has been able to be effective for so long is that generous people such as yourselves have stood behind this unique effort with your financial support. Giving to DinoMights makes a statement that you believe in the good work is being done and that it ought to continue into the future. So we would love it if you could come and support us in 2009. Please RSVP by November 11 if you are planning to attend. If you are unable to attend, but would like to support DinoMights you can give online using the security of PayPal by clicking on the giving widget at right or by visiting http://www.dinomights.com/hot_off_the_ice/newsflash/1 . Our goal is to raise $1000 online before the event. If you are a blogger yourself, you can even post that widget on your own blog to help with our efforts. DinoMights is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all gifts are tax deductible.
If you want to learn more about the event please visit http://www.dinomights.com/hot_off_the_ice/newsflash/44 . You can also get updates about the event including Silent Auction Featured items right here on our blog. If you are interested in making a major contribution or contributing through your business please take a look at our sponsorship packet at http://dinomights.com/files/sponsorship09.indd.pdf . Finally, please feel free to pass this message on to anyone you know that may be interested in attending the DinoMights Fundraiser or supporting DinoMights.
With Sincere Thanks,
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The DinoMights Silent Auction traditionally features autographed sports memorabilia. We have had some very fun items in the past. Especially if you are a Minnesota Sports fan. Here are a few things you can expect to find in this year's auction:
Phil Housley is considered one of the best American born Defensemen ever to play in the National Hockey League. He attended South St. Paul High School and then went on to play 21 years in the NHL. At the time of his retirement he was the highest scoring American born player in the history of the league. Today he is a coach at Stillwater High School, and he also is active in the community promoting youth hockey through the Phil Housley Foundation.
"Rod Carew lined, chopped and bunted his way to 3,053 career hits. His seven batting titles are surpassed only by Ty Cobb, Tony Gwynn and Honus Wagner, and equaled only by Rogers Hornsby and Stan Musial. He used a variety of relaxed, crouched batting stances to hit over .300 in 15 consecutive seasons with the Twins and Angels, achieving a .328 lifetime average. He was honored as American League Rookie of the Year in 1967, won the league MVP 10 years later and was named to 18 straight All-Star teams. He remains a national hero in Panama." --Baseball Hall of Fame Web site
There will be many more autographs in the auction as well as many more exciting items. Bidders stay tuned for more auction features!