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Nature Valley festival gives $30,000 to Minnesota children’s charity

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jan. 30, 2013
Katie Lindenfelser, executive director of Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota, accepts the 2012 donation from Nature Valley Bicycle Festival director David LaPorte. Photo: Nadine Gregerson

BOULDER, Colorado (VN) — One of the top stage races in the U.S., the Nature Valley Grand Prix, is using its festival to raise funds for childrens’ hospice care. Earlier this month the Twin Cities event donated $30,000 from its 2012 festival proceeds to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota.

According to organizers, the donated funds will go “to serve children throughout the upper Midwest who have a shortened life-expectancy and their families.”

The race will again work with the charity in 2013.

“We’re very gratified to be able to support Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota”, said festival director David LaPorte. “We’ve been supporting pediatric charities since we started in 1999 and, without a doubt, our efforts are having their biggest impact on this budding organization. In addition to raising money, we want to help build awareness of the need for this facility. We’re convinced that, if others in the community became aware of this need, they’d step forward as well.”

The National Racing Calendar event, run by a core of 100 volunteers, will return June 12-16.

“It’s an honor to be given this gift — to build awareness of our mission in the communities we will one day serve,” said Katie Lindenfelser, executive director of Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota. “It was exhilarating to be a part of the festival, to be right there in the middle of the action, we cannot wait until next year!”

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