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Blair’s Balloon for Hope 5k Walk-Run 6-14-2015

Published: May 7th, 2015 by Kim Anderson





The 4tBTOH_5KFIN (1)h annual Blair’s Balloons for Hope 5K takes place on a scenic, loop course through Bunker Hills Regional Park. Participants receive a helium-filled balloon on which they may write a wish, prayer, favorite quote, a drawing, or can leave blank if they so wish! With their balloon in hand (or pinned/tied on), participants will start on the north end of the park and continue through rolling, wooded trails, crossing over the serene Bunker Lake, natural grasslands, bypassing Bunker Beach and wave pool, and more! A great mix of sun and shade for a comfortable run or walk! There are a couple small hills and a few curves throughout the course. You finish the race coming downhill past Veterans Memorial and through the celebratory balloon arch! Upon completion of the race, each participant may add any final wishes to their event balloon and place under the balloon release net.  Post race refreshments and live DJ will be there to motivate you across the finish line!! The event also includes pre-race refreshments, FREE t-shirt, finishers medal, chip timing, and USATF course sanctioning. The Blair’s Balloons for Hope 5K is about bringing friends and families together to promote health and support local families and children in need! 100% of the proceeds will go to Blair’s Tree of Hope; a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports families who have a child who has been hospitalized with a life-threatening illness. The event and organization are 100% volunteer-operated. To get involved please contact us at We thank you for your support!!

Bone Marrow Drive – We will be set up if you have been wanting to register now is the time. Swish, Swallow and Swab and you could be the lucky one to help save a life.  We have found 7 matches total since we started hosting the Bone Marrow Drives.

Event details and schedule
Check In/Same-Day Registration: 9-10am

Race Start time: 10am

Please NOTE: Bunker Hills is a regional park and there is a $5 vehicle fee per day, unless you have an annual regional park permit. Please be prepared to pay upon entering the park.

We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes prior to the race start time. Strollers are welcome and any children under age 5 may accompany an adult at no charge. Dogs on leashes are also allowed, however we will ask that you start last out of a courtesy for our other runners.

We officially have participants coming from ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!! Pennsylvania AND Washington state!!! This is definitely going to be the biggest year yet!! Hope you’ll join us for the fun!!!!…/…/blair-s-balloons-for-hope-5k-2015





Painting For Hope

Published: May 7th, 2015 by Kim Anderson

Painting For Hope by our Artist 2015 BTOH Family Tree of Hope Hope

Helping Other People Everyday – HOPE

Published: April 21st, 2015 by Kim Anderson

As our 3rd Annual Interpretations of Hope Event this Saturday 4-25-2015 (tickets still available) we would like to thank our Committee members, board members, Hope Sponsors, Orange Sponsors, Pink Sponsors, the wonderful businesses that donated to our event in product or gift cards, a very special thank you to our Painting for Hope Artists and parents.   Thank you all for helping us to achieve our mission and goals of Helping Other People Everyday – HOPE.


Kim Anderson, Melissa Barns, Karen Brendal, Karen Cross, Katie Diaz,Colleen Mahoney, Stephanie Merfeld, Mary Kay Myrmel, Ken Waldron, Nancy Waldron, Laura Werks

Board Members

Kim Anderson, Tom Anderson, Melissa Barns, Rachel Crelly, Teri Crelly, Deb Lubotina, Kim McCabe, Mary Kay Myrmel, Ken Waldron


HOPE Sponsors – Allied Nationwide Insurance Company, Horizon Agency, Inc., Art & Elixir and Stone Brewing Company, Southern Wine & Spirits and Pernod Richard

ORANGE Sponsors – West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Chubb Insurance Groups and Bank Direct Capital Finance

PINK Sponsors:   Tabbea Photography, Celebration Music, Minnehaha Eastern Star #37, ElectroMark, Aloe Up, Heidi Kaliher, Harrison Electric, Chris & Michelle Moen, Roger Anderson, Power of 100 Twin Cities Women, Lotsa Design, Home Video Studio- Bloomington, Boom Island Brewing Company, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Costco


Amelia, Avery C, Avery M, Brinna, Hayley, Jillian D, Jillian,  Kate, Kylie, Liv, Lyla, Lydia, Makenzie, Matthew, Molly, Raelyn, Tarah, Tori, Wyatt, Vera


Blair’s Tree of Hope Non-Profit

3324 Hopkins Crossroads

Minnetonka, MN 55305

EIN #26-0584185


Thank you to our IOH Event Sponsors

Published: April 21st, 2015 by Kim Anderson

Thank you to Art & Elixir –

Thank you to Horizon Agency, Inc. –

Thank you to Allied Nationwide Insurance Company –

Your support is very much appreciated and we thank you for your generosity and support of Blair’s Tree of Hope.

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Helping Other People Everyday (HOPE)

Published: April 20th, 2015 by Kim Anderson

Hello everyone,

Tom and Kim were working on a DVD about how Blair’s Tree of Hope 501c3 Non-Profit started and they talking about how many wonderful Non-profits are out there that help so many families and we wanted to do a shout out to each of them…. We are not each others competitors as we are all serving one goal and that is to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research, Awareness and/or providing families with financial assistance, fun trips, cool shoes, pajamas, hats, crafts and much more…

Thank you to HopeKids, KidsCanMn, The Pinky Swear Foundation, Kickin Cancer for Adrian, Szott Foundation, Helping Hands, SpareKey, Doing Good Together, The Nick Reamer Osteosarcoma Foundation, Wishes & More, Ty Barberine Foundation, Zach/ Laura Sobiech?, Love Your Melon, Faiths Lodge, Momcology (MN), Alex’s Lemonade Run/Fundraiser (MN), Mary Moon Foundation, The Brain Candy Project and Kaely’s Kindness Foundation, Designing Dreams, Make a Wish and Sweet Dreams for Kids and many others…

So proud to know each of you and thankful that we get to stand side by side in Helping Other People Everyday