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Hot Rods without Wheels

Our board of directors learned quickly that hot rods sometimes come without wheels.  At FOCI, Minnesota Center for Glass Arts we used rods that got Very HOT; combining art and fun to create paper weights for Breanna’s Star silent auction. Thank you to FOCI, Alli and Taylor for an amazing art experience. Join us Saturday, April 29th at Plymouth Creek Center from 7-10:30 and see the results.  Buy your tickets today!

Is She Really Only 6?

This fall a very special 6 year old named Aubrey started a fundraising campaign for Breanna’s Gift.  I had the pleasure of receiving the results of her efforts and the joy of meeting Aubrey and her mom. Aubrey posted campaign videos, had a fundraiser at her dance studio, Woodbury Dance Center and had a fundraising table at the Mall of America. She raised $424.83 and collected donations of art supplies and costumes for our program. Aubrey, we are honored that you have contributed so much of your time and talent to Breanna’s Gift. Check out the video links below. When you see them you will be asking the same question I did, is she really only 6?      https://youtu.be/BxdQYu2X-Es     https://youtu.be/8V4sT-Mk9BU

Aubrey was also kind enough to show me some of her dance moves. My favorite and perhaps hers was her sassy walk. With this move, she is a natural. Thank you Aubrey!!

It’s Humbling and such an Honor!

Over $19,000 was raised for Breanna’s Gift on Give to the Max Day, 2016. We are both humbled and honored that you have chosen our organization to receive such amazing support. Thank you from Breanna’s Gift Board of Directors, our teachers and volunteers and from all of the children and families we have the privilege of working with.20161103_17010520161020_16153020161110_154144

GIVE TO THE MAX DAY IS HERE!

GTM_2016_headerGive to the Max Day is here! November 17th is the day of giving and we hope you will support Breanna’s Gift on this exciting day for nonprofits in MinnesotaMaskMontage_Feb16.pub. Please join us in helping to bring smiles to the faces of seriously ill children through the magic of the arts.

“Pay It Forward” is a Reality

It was a quiet Saturday morning and a most surprising and special letter was delivered to Breanna’s Gift. A note from a Bell Banks employee and a check for $1,000. The note explained about a “Pay It Forward” program that the bank established to help community charities and Breanna’s Gift was the recipient of this support. We’ve all heard the expression, but how many times has it actually affected us? We would like to thank Bell Banks for turning the “Pay It Forward” expression into a reality for many non profit organizations including ours. Thank you to Bell Banks for this wonderful program. And thank you to the Fargo, ND employees who put Breanna’s Gift on the list of organizations for consideration and who chose us to receive support from the “Pay It Forward” program. https://www.bellbanks.com/Pay-It-Forward/About

MRAC Grant for 2017 Programming

Breanna’s Gift is the recipient of a $10,000 MRAC Arts Activity Grant which will help support our programs from January, 2017 through August, 2017. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. We are honored! THANK YOU to all who make this possible.MRAC_websitelogoheader.pub

Back to the Renaissance

jennifer_8.2016 tate&joe_8.2016Breanna’s Gift had a tent at the Renaissance Festival. If you haven’t been it’s a trip back in time with castles, kings and of course, turkey drumsticks. For us, it was an opportunity to introduce our program to the community of Renaissance fans and we had lots of fun being there.

Our volunteers weathered all the conditions possible during a Minnesota outdoor event: the rain, the sun and the mosquitoes, right?  THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS for helping us give our program more exposure.

We are Humbled!

Breanna’s Gift was the charity partner at the Faffcon “unconference” held in Minneapolis. This group of voice over professionals from all over the world comes together each year at a different location. Our board president was present to receive the heart felt donations that we made to our organization during the 3 day event. And in the end, an incredible $8,000 was raised for Breanna’s gift. We are humbled and rendered completely speechless by the more than generous support we received from the Faffcon group. As voice over professionals, we understand that being rendered speechless would not be a good thing. But for us it has been the very opposite. The only word we could find to express ourselves was WOW! and WOW! THANK YOU FAFFCON.

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