Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cities97 Sampler Day!

Today is that one day a year that I feel a little insane...  I get up at 6am to go stand in line, outside, in 30 degree weather...  For what?  For a single CD.  Goodness gracious.  (At least the hubby joined me this morning - that made it SO MUCH better!)

As well as getting a bunch of great music on the CD (all one-of-a-kind live recordings of many of our favorite artists), every penny goes to local charities around Minnesota.  Pretty cool!  Since 1989, the radio station, Cities97, has raised over $8,000,000!  Awesome.  Here's a sampling of charities that have benefited in the past:

Animal Humane Society
Bridging Inc.
Faith's Lodge
Make A Wish Minnesota
Twin Cities Susan G. Komen 3-Day Teams
Camp Heartland
Special Olympics - MN
Tubman Family Alliance and Chrysalis, A Center for Women, Inc.
University of Minnesota Pediatrics Foundation Amplatz Hospital Adopt-A-Room
Minnesota Zoo Foundation-Dreamnight at the Zoo
Minneapolis & St. Paul YMCA Youth Camps
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Second Harvest Heartland
Helping Paws, Inc.
Angel Foundation
Hope Chest
Pay It Forward Fund
CommonBond Communities
Open Arms of Minnesota
Project Homeless Connect
Muscular Dystrophy Association - Camp Courage
Sharing and Caring Hands
Emergency Food Shelf Network
Ronald McDonald House - MN
Youth Link
Twin Cities Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Children's Association - Children's Hospitals
Iris Remembers
MN AIDS Project
Metro Meals on Wheels
Little Bros. Friends of Elderly
Bryan McDonough Military Heros Foundation
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Camp Get-A-Well-A
St. Louis Park Emergency Food Shelves

In this season of Generosity, I'm more than willing to feel a little insane, get an awesome CD, and know that every penny goes to so many wonderful places!
(The line to the front...  wraps around the building...  See that woman carrying coffees?  She's from Starbucks, handing out free coffee to all the freezing people!  Isn't that nice?!)
(The line behind us...  it eventually will reach to the end of the buildings!  Craziness.)
(Amanda - if you ever get your butt up here for this event, this will be you and me!  Ha ha ha.)
(Hubby's freezing.  I'm surprisingly warm.  Creepy man looks really cold.  It's not very often you see me smiley at 7am!)

Things I am thankful for today:

1.  Long underwear!
2.  The hubby going with me!
3.  Hot coffee.
4.  Warm boots.
5.  A fun present from Amanda in the mail when I got home!
6.  Chili for lunch.
7.  A short work day.
8.  A nice car ride to Milwaukee - with lots of good music!
9.  A nice (5 hour) drive.
10.  Safely getting to Milwaukee.

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