Thursday, March 1, 2012

Up On the Roof

Dakota Medical Foundation’s Giving Hearts Day Raised $1.6 Million for area charities.

Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) once again sponsored Giving Hearts Day to match gifts given to area nonprofits. Here’s what Pat Traynor, executive director of the Dakota Medical Foundation, had to say after the event. “On Feb. 14, we sponsor Giving Hearts Day for charities of our region, and $1.6 million was raised in a 24-hour period for their daily good works. The previous year's record $1.1 million wasn't just broken - it was shattered. Hundreds of people volunteering in the nonprofit sector joined for this one-day give-athon. More than 10,000 people answered. If you are one of those people, I add my thanks to that of the charities you supported.”

Howard Barlow, Bremer Bank Nonprofit Resource Specialist in the Fargo-Moorhead Area had a unique opportunity to be part of the effort at Fraser, Ltd. this year. Sandra Leyland, executive director invited Barlow to join her on the roof of Fraser in her quest to raise money. She has for several years gone up on the roof of Fraser’s building vowing not to come down until they have raised $10,000. DMF matches the first $4,000 raised, with opportunities for additional match funds for those meeting additional funding goals.

So Barlow was up on the roof from about 6:15 a.m. until 7 a.m. and had the opportunity to promote the Giving Hearts Day over a local radio station that was present on the roof. While Fraser, Ltd. waits the final official total of dollars raised, preliminary reports indicate Fraser, Ltd raised approximately $54,000 and will receive matching funds from DMF in the amount of $7,000. Barlow says, it would have to be the coldest day of the winter to date, but it was well worth it.

Howard Barlow, NRS, Fargo

Howard Barlow coming down from the roof.

Barlow (left) with Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes

Barlow talks to Dan Michaels, radio host of The Eagle 106.9 FM

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