7th Annual Thanksgiving Meal served at the U of MN Masonic Children’s Hospital
From Chris And Joe Gottlieb 10/16/2014:
“We are getting close to our daughter’s one year anniversary of her open heart surgery and subsequent complications for a 22 day hospital stay at Amplatz. We held our Abby for the first time on Thanksgiving Day after surgery. For 3 days after surgery we did not know if we’d ever hold her again. We are very blessed people to have had such great care at Amplatz, and we were so thankful for your organization’s gift of a real Thanksgiving Dinner after such a traumatic week. To give their personal time and effort just to help us meant so much”.
Blair’ Tree of Hope has been blessed to be given the opportunity to join forces with many wonderful people to serve a delicious Thanksgiving Meal to the families and Staff of University of Minnesota Masonic Childrens Hospital. It is such an honor to help these courageous families have just a small amount of “normalcy” during such a trying time in their lives.
This year will be no different. With the help of the Amazing Jim Wagner of Wagners Drive in, who along with his volunteers makes all of the delicious food, we plan on feeding many families an amazing and traditional Thanksgiving Meal. After the meal, a delicious array of desserts will be served courtesy of Heidi Kaliher, our amazing friend and baker.
There are so many others that help us to keep HOPE alive. Deb Wingert and her crew, Colleen & Cathy Mahoney, Mary Kay & Kevin Myrmel and Kim and Tom Anderson for making sure the meal is served with grace and beauty. Harrison Electric and many others for helping to sponsor this event with cash donations. Without them we would be unable to continue our mission of Helping Other People Everyday.
Finally, to Chris, Joe & Abby Gottlieb – You are what makes us strive as a foundation to continue to do everything we can to help families during this tough time in their lives. We promise that our families will ALWAYS be our first and most important priority.
To anyone else who has touched the Blair’s Tree of Hope organization, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are nothing without all of you amazing people.
7th Annual Kickball Tournament
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual kickball tournament at the Valley View Fields in Bloomington, MN – the sun was shining and it couldn’t have been a better day.
Thank you to our sponsors
Horizon Agency, Inc., Chubb Insurance Group, TCF Bank, Flanery Brothers, Wenzel Heating & Air Conditioning, Fresco, Inc., The Cellular Connection, Ernst & Young and GR Promotions.
Thank you to the teams who participated – you were so fun to watch.
Don’t Stop Believing, Just for Kicks, Kickin Cousins, Kickin for Adrian, Scorpions, One Kick Wonders
K-Bunnies, Just Like High Schook, Ballsagna, Foot Clan, Sparkle Ponies, Wild Things, Unleashed, Summertime Brew, Swift Kick in the Grass, Balls Deep, Balls & Dolls, Saved by The ball.
Winners – Family Division – Just for Kicks and the Competitive Division, Summertime Brew
Thank you to everyone who purchased raffles tickets and to all of the companies who donated gift certificates or products – if your ticket was pulled you should have received your raffle item or it has been mailed.
MN Wild Tickets – 4 Tickets – Donated by Ernts & Young – Winner – Josh G
SamSung Tab 2 7 inch tablet – Donated by The Cellular Connection – Winner – Scott H.
Quilt – Maple Grove Quilters Group – Winner – Joe Hasling
CD – Fix Me Up (Zach Sobiech)
Fly a Little Higher book (Laura Sobiech)
MN Arboretum – 4 VIP Passes
Mill City Museum – 4 Passes
Gutherie Theate – 2 Tickets
Poor Richards – Gift Cards (2) $25 each
The Works Museum – 4 Passes
Joke Joint – Passes
Gold Nugget – 1 GC $25
Roasted Pear Restaurant – 1 GC $20
ChiroCenter – 1 GC (hour massage)
Personal Trainer – 1 GC (The Sabes Jewish Community Center)
Creative Confections by Heidi – 1 GC – Cupcakes
Erik’s Bike Shop – 1 GC $25
Brave New Workshop – 2 Passes
Rocco Altobelli – 2 GC – $20 each
Chanhassen – Dinner & Show for 2
Cowboy Jacks bucket with GC
Mary Kay Basket
Air Maxx Trampoline
Pillowcase – set of 2
Mark your calendar for next year – the last Saturday in September 2015
Quarterly Sewing Events
Pictured – Co-founder Kim Anderson and volunteer Amelia Merfeld
Looking for a way to help out but are not able to make a monetary donation come join us at our quarterly sewing event held at our Sponsor facility the Four Seasons Quilts, 9708 63rd Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN – owner Joann. Thank you so much for the use of your facility we are able to bring together 12-15 people to design, cut, sew, iron some of the most beautiful pillowcases and chemo bags. Time is 12:00 (noon) to 5p.m. We have people come who love to iron but don’t sew, we have those those love to sew but don’t like to iron, others have the eye to put patterns together. We meet new people every quarter and are able to share our goals and mission with them. Great fellowship event.
St.MinneSomePlace in Paradise
Blair’s Tree of Hope was nominated by Kalbi Grogan who is a member of the St.MinneSomePlace in Paradise non-profit to come and present who we are at a meeting. At this meeting we had to share with them who we are and what we do along with 4 other non-profits. Blair’s Tree of Hope was selected as one of the 2 charities that St.MinnesSomePlace will donate funds to this fiscal year. Thank you to Kalbi and the board members for selecting Blair’s Tree of Hope Non-Profit – yo u are helping us to Help Other People Everyday. HOPE
Heartfelt Thank You
It is so heartwarming to receive the Thank you’s notes from the families that we help and we do read and share each one at the board meetings. We received a heartfelt thank you in the mail today from a grandparent of a child going through a journey and felt we should share with you.
“Hello – Last year Labor day my grandson was diagnosed with cancer and began chemo treatments at Minneapolis Childrens. My grandson was very close with his grandmother whose love and support helped him in his day to day battle. His grandmother passed away recently from her own battle with another disease. In my wife’s memory I would like to make this donation to your organization so that someone like my grandson and their family might benefit from your generosity as my grandson and his did. Thanks to Blair’s Tree of Hope and what you do and keep up the good work. Sincerely a grateful grandfather.