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Kids 'n Kinship Gala!

Join us for an evening of dinner, entertainment, our popular auction, craft beer pull, wine pull, and mentee testimonials.  All proceeds match volunteer mentors with youth needing additional support.

Tickets: Tickets $45.00 per person or purchase 8 tickets for the price of 7  -

Sponsorships:  Raise your community support and enjoy publicity of your sponsorship (newsletter, website, social media and at the event, guest tables for 8, etc.) - More Info

Donations: for the Silent Auction, Craft Beer Pull, and Wine Cork Pull - More Info

Cash support:  Donate to support youth in our community

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Kids 'n Kinship
14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Medical Monkeys
Funds received from the purchase of the Medical Monkeys goes towards finding mentors for our waiting youth.


Media Relations

Kids 'n Kinship would like to acknowledge the significant contributions of Media Relations for their ongoing support in promotion and publicity of our program.

Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala

Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala

Thank you to this Quarter's Donors!

Thank you Individual Donors

Barb Andersen Bryan Slattery & Marye MacFarland
Cheryl & Jeff Spangler Craig Zeeb
Dale & Bette Schenian Deborah Parker
Heather Erickson Heather Seifert
Jan & Bob Menne Jeffrey & Dianne Frick
Jenna Rangel John & Sherry Elder in memory of Bud Carpenter
Judy Olhoft Karla Kosel
Katie Butler Richburg
   in honor of Jan Belmore’s 25th work anniversary
Kelly Petersen % Nellie Gosh
Kirsten & Gordon Storlie Lisa Hackett

Thank you Individual Donors

Melinda Staff
Mike & Lisa Pelzel
Moira Webster Larranaga
Nancy Stensvaag % Nellie Gosh
Sarah & Jonathan Gerber
Scott & Vicky Nordeen
Susan Collins
Susan Ojeda-Collins
Timothy Ake D.D.S.,P.A. & Sandy Ake

In-kind donors

Advanced Imaging Solutions
Brueggers Bagels
Dan Kern
Finish Line
Janet Lekson
Michael Moschogianis
MN Twins Care
MN Twins Commissioners Initiative
Sams Club AV
Sarah Leitschuh
Superior Service

Bowlathon Donors

Abdallah Candies and Gifts - AV Advanced Imaging Solutions
Black Diamond Restaurant Boeckermann Grafstrom Mayer CPAS
Buck Hill Ski Area Burnsville Lunch Rotary
Cedarvale Lanes Cheers Wine and Spirits
Comedy Sportz Culvers of Apple Valley
Dakota Electric Association Dan Kern
Deb Andrews Eagan Kick-Start Rotary
Eagan Lions Club Emagine Entertainment
Fireside Green Mill Eagan

Bowlathon Donors

Home Federal Izzy's Ice Cream
J.J. Taylor Jensen's Food & Cocktails
Klein Bank Savage Lakeville Family Bowl
Lakeville Family Chiropractic Las Tortillas Mexican Restaurant
McDonalds Media Relations Agency
Medi-Car Michael Moschogianis
MN Landscape Arboretum Original Pancake House
Papa John's Eagan Cliff Road Roasted Pear

Bowlathon Donors

Stages Theatre Company
Summit Orthopedics
Tammy Michels
Target - Eagan
The Credit Department, Inc.
Three Rivers Parks District
Valley Natural Foods
Walmart Burnsville #5977
Webb Financial Group
Wings Financial Credit Union

Thank you Donors

3M Foundation AAA Minnesota/ Iowa
Advanced Imaging Solutions Allina Health Charitable Giving
Amazon Smiles Ameriprise % Mike Pelzel and Susan Collins
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Brueggers Bagels
Burnsville Lions Club Commonwealth Properties, Inc
Dakota Electric Association Food Perspectives
Kopp Family Foundation Lakeville Lions Club
Merchants Bank % Tim Greife Olson Construction Law
Owen Family Foundation Rosemount Lions Club

Thank you Donors

Sam's Club Apple Valley #4736 Sam's Club Eagan #4738
SKB Environmental Inc Spangler Giving Fund
Superior Service Apple Valley Think Mutual Bank
Thomson Reuters % Logan Mortenson Thomson Reuters % Matt Wendt
Thomson Reuters % Scott Berres Thomson Reuters % Wendy Haroldson
Thrivent Choice % Kris Carberry Toro Foundation % Brad Gluth
Walmart Apple Valley Webb Financial Group
Xcel Energy Foundation % Bob Gansler and Beth Weise Youth Intervention Prevention

Donations in honor of Brad Gluth

Ashley Eide Brad & Nancy Gluth
Bruce & Amy Satterlund Bruce Wheeler
Cheryl Biegler Diane & Gary Burrow
Doug Heiman Jennifer Newman
Leon Stebbins Maria Sullivan
Mike & Gail Fitzpatrick Nancy & Jim Westcott
Sandy & Mark Sticha Stephan Rice
Suzan Grobel Wes & Ann Bonewell
William & Virginia Driscoll Your Cause % Thrivent

Donations in honor of Andrea Hansen / Dan Murphy Wedding

Gary Hansen
James Brockberg & Suzanne Small
Jane Lee
Lynsey Andal
Mary Goers
Matthew Delfino
Michael Mondloch
Sherrie Blundell
Teresa and Eric Lakin

Thank you United Way Donors

Amy Gluth
Brad Gluth
Chris Knirk
Jan Cady
Janet Lekson
John Peters
Taud Hoopingarner

A look back to the summer of '14

We caught up with this active match before an 8 mile bike ride. Josh and his mentor Brad take frequent bike rides around the city lakes or where ever their interests take them. When I asked Brad what he liked most about Josh, he said "Josh likes to try new things - and we have done lots of things Josh has never done before. Also he is very curious and aware - he is inquisitive and he doesn't miss a thing!

We asked Josh a similar question: What do you like most about Brad? Josh said, "Well that will take about 5 hours to answer because there is so much! Together we like biking and running and seeing the city and then we started playing a bean bag toss game. I always beat him. Always." Brad piped up "Well not always.

Making Friends

Friday, July 7, 2017

I think we all instinctively know we feel better after spending time with a friend. We feel energized and happier. If we share a problem with a friend, we feel less hurt. When we share our feeling and someone can empathize and say "ME TOO!!" and it often reduces feelings of isolation and the idea that we are the only one that feels this way or had this happen.  But there's also this whole new body of research showing how profoundly friendships impact our emotional and physical health. Friendships protect us from depression and anxiety. They boost our immune system.  Our memory is enhanced and we sleep more deeply. The list goes on about how spending time with friends and having close confidantes supports our health.  But it is a skill- making and keeping friends, and some kids have a harder time than others.

Here are some great ideas to share with your mentee from Pro Kinship

Keys to Making and Keeping Friends
1. Take a genuine interest in others.  Listen and talk to people you are around.
2. Be a giver, not a taker.  A good friend is better at giving and helping you than in taking from you.
3. Be loyal.  Be true to the other person and stick with them in the good, the bad, and the ugly.
4. Be a positive person.  People will want to hang around more if you laugh and have fun together.
5. Appreciate the differences in others.  We are all unique so take the time to learn from each other and what is different.
6. Build on common interests.  What brought you together in the first place is what you should focus on to keep you together.
7. Be open, honest, and real.  Be ready to hear what the other has to say and be honest with your feelings.
8. Repair mistakes.  You are familiar with your friends strengths and weaknesses, so you know how to tear them down better than any others.  No one is perfect.
9. Make time and show appreciation.  Familiarity and comfort with someone can leave us forgetting to show gratitude.  Don’t  let the  relationship become one-sided and only focused on yourself.
10. Don’t make assumptions.  Don’t assume what your friends are thinking, check it out instead.

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.