I didn’t know it then, but back in September 2019 I received call from Cuningham Group, an award-winning architecture and design firm with eight offices around the world, that would ultimately expand our programming in 2020. That fateful call was from Shawn Olson, a senior associate, who shared that Breanna’s Gift was one of the charities selected as possible recipient of a charitable donation from the proceeds of their annual Cuningham Group Creative Exhibition. Tim Dufault, Cuningham Group president, had nominated us for this honor.
I soon discovered that Marsha, our founder and program director, had worked with Tim before founding Breanna’s Gift in 2007, and knew about this annual event and had attended 15 out of the past 17 exhibitions. Her enthusiasm for this creative and fun event was contagious. Breanna’s Gift was ultimately selected as the 2019 charitable recipient. We were invited as guests for dinner preceding the event – and the dinner, from the specially selected wine, appetizers and main course, was all prepared by Cuningham Group employees. They had spent months planning this meal, and it’s safe to say it rivaled high-end restaurants.
It’s hard to overstate how special this creative exhibition is to behold. Paintings, hand-crafted earrings and purses, sculptures and more were all on display at Hennepin Made Lighting for the public to bid on. Every item was created by Cuningham Group employees. This exhibition is highly anticipated, and the energy was palpable as hundreds of patrons bid on their selections throughout the evening.
Fast-forward to this week, when Marsha and I were at Cuningham Group offices for the big check unveiling. Let’s just say a tear or ten may have been shed between the two of us when we found out they had raised $22,310 for us. This amazing gift allows us to spearhead and fast-track our expanded programming this month at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.
A heartfelt thank you to Tim Dufault, Shawn Olson and all the wonderful employees at Cuningham Group.
You threw your coins into the Mall of America ponds and made your wishes. By doing that you raised $2,179 for Breanna’s Gift. Thank you to the Mall of America for selecting Breanna’s Gift to be the recipient of the Mall of America Pond Fund coins in December and thank you to everyone who made a wish. We hope all of your wishes came true.
Shopping at the Mall can mean support for Breanna’s Gift. Thanks to the Mall of America Pond Fund, if you take a minute and throw a coin in one of their indoor ponds, the entire month of December’s coin collection goes to Breanna’s Gift. Perhaps you forgot to tell Santa about something that didn’t make it on your list or maybe you just want to toss some loose change. Either way, take a minute when you pass one of the ponds. Thank you in advance from Breanna’s Gift.
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
Let’s do the math! 18 Parsons Electric employees = 36 helping hands and in just 2 and a half hours you get 700 Art Takeout projects. Wow! Thanks so much to Parsons Electric for donating this amazing gift of time.
Thank you to our Board of Directors and everyone who made a donation to Breanna’s Gift during the Give to the Max Day campaign. This year, you helped us raise $17,000. We are honored, humbled and excited with all that the community has done in support of our program. THANK YOU!
Did you know that if your company has United Way Campaign, you can target your contribution by designating some or all of your donation to ANY 501(c)3 charitable organization?
It’s another way to support the charity of your choice and that charity could be Breanna’s Gift. For more information, contact your company’s United Way representative. All of your donations are tax deductible.