The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 14, 2013

Recognition for Pearson deserved


The event pairs needy children with public safety officers to go Christmas shopping for themselves and family members with gift cards from donations. The kids were excited to go shopping and to get some presents for their families and maybe something for themselves as well.

It’s a good gesture on the part of the public safety officials to spend time with kids who get to know police in a friendly context. Parents and families of the children gain some appreciation for law enforcement as well.

The programs helps kids have a happy Christmas.

Many braved cold to attend ChiliFest

The 2013 ChiliFest planning committee would like to thank all those who came out and braved the cold Nov. 23 to help support Vets and Rett at the sixth annual ChiliFest. This year’s event raised $15,000 that will be split between supporting on-going Rett Syndrome research and the Wounded Warrior Guide service.

The event could not have taken place without all those who support the event through making chili, donating their time or silent auction items, or attending the event. There were over 150 items on the silent auction this year, with an overwhelming majority donated by individual community members. In addition, there were several cash and goods donations by local businesses that helped contribute to the funds raised.

We know that there are a lot of other places that the community’s funds could go towards, so we feel very blessed to have been able to raise these funds this year. Thank you for continuing to support this community event; without it, we would not have been able to raise the money we have throughout the years. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Matt DuRose

North Mankato

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