Kids 'n Kinship

15th Annual Bowlathon!

Now in the Spring!

Sunday April 27 at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan

2014 Kids n Kinship Bowlathon

We are looking for event sponsors, people to participate in company teams, items for our raffle baskets, & for our participants to bring in pledges! Everyone who brings in $25 gets a special promotional gift!

Kids 'n Kinship participants bowl from 3-5 pm and register for the event here:

Community teams bowl from 5:30-7 pm and register here:

To donate or sponsor:

A waiver is required when you attend this event. Click here.

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Thanks to our Wonderful Sponsors!

Our Gala Partnership Sponsors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Dale Schenian
Geri Hess
Gopher Resource Corp
Home Federal
Think Mutual Bank
Thrivent Financial - Northern Dakota County
UTC Aerospace

Our Gala Contributing Sponsors

Don Hess
Bremer Bank Lakeville
Thrivent Financial -Southern Dakota County
Traiser Property Management

Our Gala Donors and Supporting Sponsors

Aaron and Cheryl Daws Abdallah Candies Aimee Potter
Applewood Orchard Barb Zorn Barnes & Noble
Baskets on Occasion Bellboy Liquor Belle Gerhard
Bette Schenian Big Top Wine & Spirits Bill Perron
Birch Haven Acupuncture Black Cat Yoga Bree Becker
Bremer Bank Lakeville Bronco Wine Company Buca De Beppo
Buck Hill Burnsville Performing Arts Center Byerly's
Byerly's Wine and Spirits Canterbury Downs CenterPoint Energy
Cheryl Ryan Chet's Wine & Brewski Chris Headrick
Chuck and Bonnie Gerhard Cindy Miner Costco

Our Gala Donors and Supporting Sponsors

Crystal Lake Golf Club Dakota Electric Dakota Valley Associates
Dana Arnold Dave and Lynn Goodermont David Lindstrom
Dawn and Dave Kalb Dawn Kalb Denim & Divas
Diane Carter Drew Hendrickson and Linnea Pratt Droolin' Moose
Elder Jones Evonne Tuma First Presbyterian Church
Gail Rice Gary and Dianna Austin Gary and Patricia Anderson
Gary Huusko Gil Mathews Great Clips Lakeville
Green Mill Lakeville Guthrie Theatre Hallmark White Bear Lake
Haunting Experience Heathers Housekeeping & More Ian Frykman, DDS
James Backstrom Jan and Dave Belmore Jay and Darcy Saterbak

Our Gala Donors and Supporting Sponsors

Jeff and Diane Frick Jenny Schaefer Jensen's Supper Club
Jim and Cheri Bielke JoAnn Bruhn Joe Rutter
John Elder Johnson Brothers Liquor Joni Bruder
Judy Olhoft Karen Anderson Karen Dare
Karen Kitchel Karin Hanson Kathy and Richard Beatty
Keith Mattson Kirsten Storlie Laurie Thulien
Lyle and Carla Zeller Marshalls Lakeville Martha Hoyt
MaryRae Joseph and Brian Johnson Media Relations Melvin and Nancy Kooda
Merchants Bank MGM Liquor Warehouse Mike Hess
MN Lynx MN Swarm MN Timberwolves

Our Gala Donors and Supporting Sponsors

MN Twins MN Wild Monica Jensen
MSP Magazine Muller Family Theatres Natalie Neuville
Nemeon Nicole Paul Panera Bread
Patsy Ryan Penn Cycle Perkins Lakeville
Perrier Wines & Liquors Prime Photographers Q Cumbers
Roasted Pear Robin and Lonny Kocina Roxane Tolle
Science Museum of MN Single Ply Systems Sorella's Wine and Spirits
St Paul Saints Tammy Schilling Target Apple Valley
Target Burnsville Target Eagan Terri Pedace
The Wine Company The Works Theresa Joens

Our Gala Donors and Supporting Sponsors

Theresa Joens
Toro Company
Valley Natural Foods
Walker Art Center
Waymouth Farms
Wayne Jarvi
WineHaven Winery & Vineyard
Wings Financial
Wirtz Beverages
Zywiec’s Landscape & Garden Center

Our Bowlathon Sponsors

AAA Minnesota Iowa
Burnsville Women of Today
Eagan Lions
First Presbyterian Church
Foley and Mansfield
Marshall Nelson and Associates
Robert A. Bjorkman, DDS
The Credit Department, Inc
Thrivent Financial
US Federal Credit Union
Wayne and Carole Stockman

Our Bowlathon In-Kind Donors

Cedarvale Lanes
JJ Taylor
Mackin Media Library
Media Relations
Merchant's Bank
Peeps & Company
UTC Aerospace

Our Recent Appearance on KMSP

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Friday, April 4, 2014

First, some statistics on child abuse:

In 2011, 6.2 million children were referred to Child Protective Services (CPS).
In 2011, 3.7 million children were investigated for maltreatment by CPS.
In 2011, 676,569 children were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect.*

It is staggering how many child suffer some form of abuse or neglect!  

Nurturing is what we need to do for our children and especially for children who have been abused in any form. Nurturing is showing love and caring for children. Here are some ways to nurture the children in your life:

• Acknowledge children’s right to have their own feelings, friends, activities and opinions.
• Promote independence
• Allow for privacy
• Respect feelings for (other) parent
• Believe (your) children

• Talk and act so that children feel safe and comfortable expressing themselves
• Be gentle
• Be dependable

• Provide food, shelter, clothing
• Teach personal hygiene and nutrition
• Monitor safety
• Maintain a family routine
• Attend to wounds

• Be consistent
• Ensure rules appropriate to age and development of children
• Be clear about limits and expectations
• Use discipline to give instruction, not punishment

• Express verbal and physical affection
• Be affectionate when you children are physically or emotionally hurt

• Participate in your children’s lives: activities, school, sports, special events and days, celebrations, friends
• Include your children in your activities
• Reveal who you are to your children

• Be affirming
• Encourage children to follow their interest
• Let children disagree with you
• Recognize improvement
• Teach new skills
• Let them make mistakes

• Give yourself personal time
• Keep yourself healthy
• Maintain friendships
• Accept love

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**Reprinted from Kinship Link; March 2014 Newsletter

If you are interested in nurturing a child in Dakota County as a mentor through Kids 'n Kinship, attend an information session on April 22, 6-6:45 pm at Wescott Library in Eagan.  Call 651-686-0990 to register.  You can learn more about our program on our website -
Posted by Ingrid Henry

Kids 'n Kinship 40th Anniversary

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Kids ‘n Kinship.

The program began in 1972, when a local couple, Dick and Carol Frick saw a need for young people to have a supportive adult friend.

Kids ‘n Kinship was run as an all volunteer program for the first 20 years.

The last 20 years, the program has continued its singular mission: to provide friendships to children in need of a positive adult role model.

The program has served over 3,000 youth in the past 40 years.

Click here for some wonderful pictures of our 40th Anniversary Gala.

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Kids 'n Kinship has achieved Expert Partner status through Mentoring Partnership Minnesota's Quality Mentoring Assesment Path (QMAP) and has a 100% overall implementation rating on an extensive list of best practices and quality standards for mentoring programs. We are 1 of only 9 other programs to earn this distinguished rating under these rigorous guidelines.


Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Mail Pack and Ship, Apple Valley and their wonderful donation of printing of our newsletter.