Support From Snowmobilers Ali Meyer of Waconia was diagnosed with severe degenerative issues in December 2012, her communities rallied to support her. And her snowmobile friends showed that they cared to the tune of $13,385. When it comes to charity, snowmobilers are exceptionally generous. In the 2012-13 season, snowmobilers raised $1.3 million for various causes with more than 40 events. For Meyer’s fundraiser, three area clubs — the Westonka Snoblazers, the Chaska Snohawks and the Carver County SnowRunners — worked together on a charity event in March that included a trail ride, a chili feed, a live band, a raffle and 139 donated silent auction items. Meyer, 37, is a member of the SnowRunners and MnUSA. “It was amazing,” Meyer said. “The clubs asked if they could do it for me and my first thought was no, there’s someone else that needs it more. Finally they just told me that they were doing it. It was so helpful and covered our out-of-pocket medical expenses. We’re just so thankful.” “We were completely overwhelmed with all the help from friends, family, snowmobile clubs and people within the industry,” Dean Meyer, Ali’s husband said. “Incredible doesn’t begin to describe it.” Presidents of three snowmobile clubs presented a check to Ali and Dean Meyer to help Ali during a medical crisis. Pictured are Mark Locken (Westonka Snoblazers), Mark LaBaw (Chaska Snohawks), Ali Meyer, Dean Meyer, and Scott Wakefield, Carver County Snowrunners. Snowmobile Rides That Made a Difference Anoka Mayor’s Ride A one-day self-guided ride through the Rum River communities of Anoka, Andover, Ramsey, Oak Grove, Nowthen and St. Francis with community leaders. The ride starts at the Anoka County Fairgrounds. > Cause: The charity of each town’s mayor’s choice. Anoka, Andover and Ramsey give to Youth First Community; St. Francis gives to the St. Francis Ambassadors Program; Oak Grove gives to the Lake George Conservation District; and Nowthen gives to the Nowthen Volunteer Fire Department > Money raised in 2013: $3,000, which was divided evenly among each mayor’s charities > 2014 Date: February 15 (tentative) Northland 300 A three-day, 300-mile charity ride starting in Two Harbors. The event celebrated 25 years in 2013 and features a Special Olympian at its opening ceremonies. > Cause: Special Olympics Minnesota > Money raised in 2013: $182,200 in cash and in-kind donations > Top Fundraiser: Mike Richards of Vadnais Heights raised $10,225 > 2014 Date: January 22-26 Pink Ribbon Riders A two-day event with a one-day ride starting in Grand Rapids, with prizes for the best-decorated snowmobile. In 2013, 119 riders participated. > Cause: Provides direct financial assistance to men and women with breast cancer in Minnesota > Money raised in 2013: $47,500 > Top Fundraiser: Cheryl Albertson of Milaca, who raised $10,122.50. She rides in honor of her sister, Pam, who died from breast cancer in 2010 > 2014 Date: January (tentative) Black Woods Blizzard Tour A three-day riding event starting in Proctor with past and present Minnesota Twins (including Kent Hrbek and Ron Gardenhire). There were 182 riders participating in 2013. > Cause: ALS Association, Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter > Money raised in 2013: $800,000 > Top Fundraiser: The Polaris Team of Roseau raised $111,000 > 2014 Date: January 29-February 1 Mud Dog Ride to Rein In Sarcoma Snowmobilers who ride to the MnUSA Rendezvous can choose to use their ride to raise money for sarcoma. In 2013, riders traveled from their homes and met in Brainerd. > Cause: Karen Wyckoff Sarcoma Foundation Rein In Sarcoma, for sarcoma cancer research and patient support > Money raised in 2013: $7,386 > 2014 Date: Arrive in Mahnomen on February 13 Stearns County Snowmobile Association Cancer Run Stearns County clubs dedicate one day to riding and raising pledges. The distance and riding route is up to each snowmobiler, but any rider with a pledge can stop at the Country Snow Cruiser’s clubhouse in Richmond for food and drinks. > Cause: Keller Family Community Foundation, which offers direct assistance to Minnesota cancer patients > Money raised in 2013: $4,500 (approximately) > 2014 Date: February 15 (tentative) Falls International Speed Run Against Cancer A radar run on Rainy Lake near the Thunderbird Lodge where all proceeds go to cancer patients. The Thunderbird Lodge also donates half of its take to the cause. > Cause: Community Cancer Walk, which gives gas cards to Koochiching County area residents with cancer > Money raised in 2013: $1,500 (approximately) > 2014 Date: February 15 Summer 2013 15