Minnesota made Extravaganza
A Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society
Save-the-Date! Thursday, November 11, 2021
Thank you for helping us raise over $300K in the fight against cancer!
MME Replay : November 12, 2020
A Note from Our Executive Board Chair
The American Cancer Society's mission to save lives and reduce cancer mortality is at risk from COVID-19.
ACS is the largest, private nonprofit funder of cancer research in the United States. The impact of COVID-19 could reduce our ability to fund cancer research by 50 percent in 2020. If current trends continue, that would be our lowest investment this century.
Free transportation and lodging programs—including The Richard M. Schulze Family Hope Lodge in Minneapolis—have been paused temporarily to protect vulnerable cancer patients. The ACS hopes to resume their operation soon; however, safely reopening and sustaining these programs comes at a significant cost.
Cancer doesn't pause for a pandemic. In all communities, cancer patients and their caregivers need us to forge ahead with our work, including research, patient services, information and resource sharing, education, and advocacy.
We can't allow our progress to be put on hold because of COVID-19. At risk are more and better treatments and discoveries that will improve and save lives. That is why I am serving as the Chair for the 3rd Annual Minnesota Made Extravaganza led by the CEOs Against Cancer - Minnesota Chapter on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
Because patients need us now more than ever, we, in turn, need you more than ever. And that is why I ask you to consider joining Renewal by Andersen in sponsoring the event or by making a 100% tax deductible donation. In the face of COVID-19, the American Cancer Society is continuing their lifesaving mission in the Twin Cities and throughout the nation. Your support will enable us to provide the resources necessary to support cancer patients and communities.
If you are unable to "attend" the Minnesota Made Extravaganza on November 12, you can still support the fight against cancer. Donate quickly and easily here!
On behalf of the American Cancer Society and the CEOs Against Cancer - Minnesota Chapter, thank you for your generous support of this important mission.
Vice President of Affiliate Operations, Renewal by Andersen
2020 Minnesota Made Extravaganza Executive Board Chair
American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge
For more than a 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 29% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.
This year, the Minnesota Made Extravaganza is focusing on helping a lifesaving resource right here in our backyard – Hope Lodge. The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge has been temporarily closed to protect vulnerable cancer patients, and hopes to reopen soon. However, reopening and sustaining this program comes at a significant cost. Our Hope Lodge provides a supportive and nurturing environment for cancer patients and caregivers who must travel for treatment. Hope Lodge’s one-time costs related to COVID-19 include front desk plexiglass shields, thermometers, social distancing signage, protection stations and re-commissioning activities that include HVAC, plumbing and facility disinfection. On-going costs related to COVID-19 include disposable paper masks, hand sanitizer and daily disinfecting of every facility plus the ongoing regular operational costs of Hope Lodge.
The Richard M. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Minneapolis
We had a great time during last year's Minnesota Made at Aria Event Center!
Photos courtesy of Jeannine Marie Photography.