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18th Annual Bowlathon

16th Annual Bowlathon

Come and bowl with Kids 'n Kinship
Sunday April 23rd 2017

Choose your time to bowl:
3:00pm-4:30pm OR 5:30pm-7:00pm

Cedarvale Lanes
3883 Cedar Grove Parkway Eagan, MN

Community members, groups, and business Please register online here. Each member of your team must be registered online. Donate online or bring pledges with to the event
Cost: $25 in Pledges per bowler

Kids 'n Kinship mentors, youth and families
Please register online. Cost is free to the youth and families/ mentors in our program

Join us for the silent auction, refreshments, and fun!!

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Thank you to this Quarter's Donors!

Thank You Individual Donors

Andrew Abeyta Barb Andersen
Barb Choban Betsy Hovland
Beverly & Richard Mayer David and Joyce Anderson
Debra Alt Drew Hendrickson & Linnea Pratt
Gary & Cynthia Webb Heather Seifert
Hillary Swanson Holly & Mark Roth
Jan & Dave Belmore Jan Cady
Janet Lekson Jason Ash
Jeffrey & Dianne Frick Jenna Rangel

Thank You Individual Donors

Judy Olhoft Karen & John Peters
Karen Anderson Karla & Allan Kosel
Kelly McCarragher Ken Koty
Kirsten & Gordon Storlie Lanny & Millie Stapp
Lawrence & Bev Stirtz Linda Ferguson
Linda Harty Lisa & Matthew Wendt
Logan Mortenson Marlene Robertson
Martha & Chris Hoyt Melinda Staff

Thank You Individual Donors

Mike & Lisa Pelzel Monte & Lisa Amundson
Nellie & Jim Gosh Pamela Garvey
Philip and Sharon Lindau Rita Younger
Robert & Gail Weinholzer Roger & Melinda Martin
Scott Berres Staci Poole
Susan Ojeda-Collins Taud Hoopingarner
Tim & Jan Menning Timothy & Denise Lutz
Wendy Haroldson & Missy Boyd

Thank You Donors

Amazon Smiles donors Ameriprise Financial
Apple Valley American Legion Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Dakota Electric Association FICO % Karen Anderson
Grace Lutheran Church Endowment Fund MN Energy Resources
MN Vikings Prince of Peace Church
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church The Nerdery
Thomson Reuters % Jerod Lass Thrivent % Bob Ward, Jim Gosh
Thrivent % Dave Belmore, Joel Carberry Thrivent Action Team % Dawn Kalb
Valley Natural Foods Youth Intervention Prevention

Thank You In-Kind Donors

Advanced Imaging Solutions
Apple Valley American Legion Auxiliary
Eagan Mom's Bible Study
Media Relations
Papa John's Eagan Cliff Road
Patty Perfetti
Shepherd of the Valley

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.

Rick’s Community Bike Sale – Saturday, May 13

Over 300 bikes available with all proceeds supporting Kids ‘n Kinship. Volunteer mentor Rick Anderson’s annual sale will be Saturday May 13th from 9 am to 1 pm at a new location: Goodyear Superior Service Center, 14580 Glenda Drive in Apple Valley. The Red Line stops 5 steps from the bike sale. People in Minneapolis can take the light rail and bus and end up right at the sale.

Kids ‘n Kinship participants are also invited to a pre-sale on Friday evening,
May 12th from 5 pm. - 8 pm.

Bike prices range from $25 to $300, with many under $100.

Don’t miss it! More information available at

Pay it forward!!

Friday, April 14, 2017


As mentors you are paying forward every day. It's a BIG thing. You know that and so do I!
My own kids want to do the BIG things however; sometimes our kids always don't realize the impact of the small things. It’s often the little things that can make a difference
in a life.

Coming up:
"Pay It Forward Day is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world. We believe that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people can literally change the world for the better — and on April 28th we’ll set out to prove it! For this year’s international Pay it Forward Day (PIFD) we are aiming to inspire over 10 million acts of kindness around the world. Imagine the difference that would make! Join us in paying it forward, and help spread the word about this important day!"

Pay it forward

So what can we teach our kids to do?  What can they see US do to encourage and empower them to go forward and BE the change?  My kids and I sat down and made this list:
Buy someone a cup of coffee
Hold the door for someone
Smile and say hello to someone you do not know 
Sit by someone who is alone
Leave a kind note for a friend
Pay for the person behind you in the drive through
Donate to a cause you love

Add to this list!  Share with us what you did, it is amazing what the power of a small act of kindness is on your own soul.  

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.


Medical Monkeys

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the partnership with Medical Monkeys. Funds received from the purchase of the Medical Monkeys goes towards finding mentors for our waiting youth.

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, and Media Relations, Inc for their pro bono work on publicity.