Join us in raising $110,000 to nourish individuals and their families living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities!

Teams and Individuals

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What is the Cook-a-Thon?

The Open Arms Cook-a-Thon is our annual 24-hour volunteer event on September 27-28, 2019 where teams of six people will fill two-hour shifts to prepare and package nutritious food for Open Arms of Minnesota’s clients living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Our goal is to prepare a week's worth of meals (12,000 meals!) in just 24 hours!

Every member of each team will be asked to raise at least $150 to support their work, resulting in at least $900 raised from each team to support nourishing meals for neighbors in need. 

This event will put the Open Arms’ kitchen at least a week ahead of production before the end of the year and add significant capacity to our efforts to provide nutritious, delicious food to more than 1,000 people in our community each week!

Event Details

The 2019 Cook-a-Thon is made up of two-hour shifts at Open Arms running for 24 hours straight from 9:00 am on Friday, September 27 to 9:00 am on Saturday, September 28. You can expect treats, coffee, and the chance to make a huge difference for individuals in the Twin Cities living with life-threatening illnesses.

Team Fundraising Rewards

- Raise $900 as a team: Your team is guaranteed a two-hour volunteer shift during the 24-hour event and every team member gets a new 2019 Cook-a-Thon apron and bandana.

Race to the Finish

The top teams and individuals who raise the most money for our clients will receive the following extra special prizes (and bragging rights!). Please note that for teams with more than six members (including virtual teams), only the top six fundraisers will have their totals count toward team competitions.

TEAM Prizes:
First Place: Private Dinner for 12 at Open Arms of Minnesota, including wine pairings and goodie bags at Open Arms of Minnesota
Second Place: Private distillery tour and special hosted happy hour for your entire team of 6 at DuNord Craft Spirits.
Individual Fundraising Winners:
First Place goes to Kaari Flannery:  Two night idyllic getaway for two at The Cottage House and dinner in the historic North Shore city of Duluth at Pickwick Restaurant
Second Place goes to April Bogard: Four tickets to any 2020 Open Arms Pop-Up Dinner of your choice. (contest note: as a member of Open Arms leadership team, April has graciously gifted these tickets back to Open Arms to donate to another recipient)
Third Place goes to Rod Larson: $250 gift card to Grand Café
Fourth Place goes to Danielle Brady: $150 gift card to Bar La Grassa
Fifth Place goes to Annie Barlow: $75 gift card to Café Lurcat
Honorable Mention Prizes:
Anne Murray received a donation from the farthest location from Minnesota with a donation from Robyn Woods in Australia - 9,434.92 miles from Minneapolis - so Anne wins the $50 gift card to our October Positive Change Partner, Mississippi Market
Jose Bellido had the greatest number of donations through his Facebook Fundraiser and won the 612Brew Tour for four
Annie Barlow had the greatest number of donations overall and won the $100 gift card to Monello 


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