While Minnesota Vikings players and fans rally up for this up coming 2013 NFL season, Saturday, June 20th was a day to take a break and rally up for a different cause. The 19th annual charity motorcycle rally was held to benefit the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF). With a small $15 donation fans from around the area we able to gather together at the Blue Heron Grill in Hugo, Minnesota to saddle up on their motorcycles and ride out on their 50-mile adventure to Hinckley’s Outdoor Amphitheater.
Registration for the event took place at 9:00 a.m. at the Blue Heron Grill. Early bird fans that came and registered in the morning were able to wait around and get autographs from players Everson Griffin, Phil Loadholt, Charlie Johnson, Tyrone McKenzie, and Bobby Felder, who were there from 10:45-11:30 am. Also in attendance were Vikings alumni Bob Lurtsema, StuVoigt, Ted Brown, the lovely Minnesota Viking Cheerleaders, and the fearless Vikings Mascot, Viktor.
The Vikings Children’s Fund is a way to get Vikings players, coaches, staff and their families involved around the community in Minnesota. Their mission is to combine their time and resources, through events and appearances, with that of the corporate community and fans in an effort to support the many needs of children in the Upper Midwest. Since its humble beginnings in 1978 the Vikings Children’s Fund has raised over $10 million with over $5 million dedicated to support research at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics.
The annual motorcycle rally has been an extreme success for the VCF and continues to gain support. “This event is so unique because it provides our Vikings fans with the opportunity to blend their passion with motorcycles including raising dollars for Upper Midwest children,” said Patrick Leopold, head of the VCF.”Much of the credit should go to all of our fans and sponsors for continuing to support this event for 19 years.”
The rally brings joy to people while at the same time benefiting children across the community and should continue for many years in the future.
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