FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWIN CITIES MARATHON, INC. DONATED NEARLY $155,000
IN CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS IN 2007
2008 Community Partners announced
(Minneapolis, MN) –Furthering its mission to promote health and fitness to
residents of Minnesota, Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. (TCM, Inc.) gave
$154,788 to youth fitness organizations and charitable partners in 2007.
Cash donations included $34,729 from the organization's annual fundraisers,
including the marathon and ten-mile entry fundraiser programs and Friends
of the Marathon program. The Medtronic Foundation matched those donations,
contributing more than $40,729.
"Our commitment to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon extends far beyond
the excitement of race weekend," said David Etzwiler, vice president of
community affairs and executive director of the Medtronic Foundation. "We
share similar values and a strong commitment to make this community a
better, healthier place to live, especially as we partner on outreach
efforts that promote exercise and healthy lifestyles among children."
Funds from the fiscal campaign were distributed to Twin Cities Marathon,
Inc. 2007 Community Partners Bolder Options, Girls on the Run, MIGIZI
Communications and YWCA of Minneapolis and to the Emergency Food Shelf
Network and the Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. college scholarship program.
The organization's 2008 Community Partners were recently announced and
include Bolder Options, YWCA of Minneapolis and MIGIZI Communications.
"MIGIZI Communications is pleased to be entering our third year as a
Community partner along with Twin Cities Marathon, Inc.," said Graham
Hartley, director of programs of MIGIZI Communications. "We have seen
American Indian families interest in the events more than double in our
first two years of partnership and are excited about continuing to grow
knowledge, interest and participation in fitness activities that lead to
healthy lifestyle choices in the coming year."
In-kind donations included the contribution of unused shirts, valuing
$19,500, to Hand-in-Hand Together, a non-profit organization dedicated to
providing humanitarian aid to people of the Former Soviet Union, and food,
water and cups to the Emergency Food Shelf Network, valued at $59,830,
according to Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director of Twin Cities
"Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. is proud to be a non-profit organization that
raises awareness for other community non-profits," said Achman. "Together
we are building bridges by reaching out to the community and touching
The organization's partners also assist with efforts focused specifically
on getting kids healthy and fit. Medtronic Foundation additionally
supports the kids events scholarship program. And, in addition, Caribou,
Kohl's, and Piper Jaffray also contributed to the kids scholarship program