Join us for the 4th annual Cook-a-Thon on Sept. 15-16, 2017 & help nourish families living with life-threatening illnesses!

Teams and Individuals

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What is the Cook-a-Thon?

The Open Arms Cook-a-Thon is a 24-hour volunteer event on September 15–16, 2017 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 in just 24 hours!

Every member of each team will be asked to raise at least $125 to support their work, resulting in at least $750 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 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 2017 Cook-a-Thon is made up of two-hour shifts at Open Arms running for 24 hours straight from noon on Friday, September 15 to noon on Saturday, September 16. Expect treats, coffee, competitions and the chance to make a difference for families in the Twin Cities living with life-threatening illnesses.

Team Fundraising Rewards

- Raise $750 as a team: Your team is guaranteed a two-hour volunteer shift during the 24-hour event and every team member gets a 2017 Cook-a-Thon apron.

- Raise $1,500 as a team: Your team gets to pick a shift time from the available slots! In addition, every team member gets a 2017 Cook-a-Thon apron. 
*Shift slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis when your team crosses the $1,500 mark. Alternately, during registration team captains can opt to pledge that their team will raise or donate $1,500 and select their shift time right away; any remaining balance by September 16 will be charged to the team. If you select this option, we'll email you with the shift time selection process.

- Raise $2,000 as a team: Your team will receive six limited-edition Cook-a-Thon t-shirts, the chance to pick your shift time from the available slots, and every team member gets a 2017 Cook-a-Thon apron.

Race to the Finish

 The top three teams to raise the most money for our clients will receive special prizes and bragging rights. Please note that for teams with more than six members, only the top six fundraisers will have their totals count toward team competitions.

- 1st place team: A table for 10 at Moveable Feast, our signature event on May 17, 2018 (a $3,500 value)
- 2nd place team: Six tickets to a fabulous pop-up dinner at Open Arms (a $570 value)
- 3rd place team: Six tickets to Mall of America Culinary Fest in November 2017

The top individual fundraiser also has a special prize in store: their very own permanent tile on the walls of Open Arms, proclaiming their champion status!

The fundraising deadline for the Race to the Finish is noon on Saturday, September 16, at which point we'll declare winners of the competitions.

No team? No problem!

We have one team open to individuals that will volunteer from midnight to 2 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. Raise just $125 and you'll get a unique volunteer experience, your own Cook-a-Thon apron to take home, and the chance to make a difference for families living with life-threatening illnesses.

Register for the Cook-a-Thon now>>