Stand Up For Kids Foundation is a charitable
foundation designed to give youth a new
vision of what their futures can be by exposing them to life possibilities
they once thought unattainable, and at
the same time providing the skills
to achieve their dreams!

2011 Stand Up for Kids Kickoff Fundraising Dinner PDF Print E-mail

Thank You to everyone that attended the first annual Stand Up For Kids Foundation Fundraising Dinner at Wildfire Restaurant. The event was very successful and benefited the foundation greatly! Make sure to check back this week for photos and video of the event!

Fundraising Dinner Gallery 04-15-11

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     Cedric Griffin, Taylor  Kurth, Casey Hampton       Cedric Griffin, Mayor Tyra Lukens, Wallace Jackman

Eugene Meaux,  Ngwebifor Fobi
Photos By Walt Barry

Stand Up for Kids Foundation Inaugural Fundraising Dinner a Resounding Success

On Friday, April 15th 2011, the Stand Up For Kids Foundation held its inaugural Fundraiser Dinner at Wildfire in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The special evening featured esteemed speakers, an enticing comedic emcee and professional football players Cedric Griffin and Casey Hampton who were joined by approximately 70 donors and supporters who together raised over $15,000 to support Stand Up for Kids and its programs.

The pre-dinner social hour was abuzz with people from all walks of life showing support of the Stand Up For Kids Foundation which provides opportunities for the youth in the local communities. The delicious appetizers fed the guests while they learned about each other, the organization, took pictures, had footballs autographed and made bids on the silent auction items.

Following the social hour, guests settled into a fine dinner of Fillet Mignon and Shrimp Skewers. The first speaker, the Honorable Mayor Nancy Tira-Lukens of Eden Prairie, Minnesota acknowledged Mr. Griffin and the Stand Up For Kids Foundation support of kids with an official proclamation and the Governor of Minnesota Mark Dayton declared April 15, 2011 “Stand Up For Kids Day”.· Everyone then was entertained and enlightened to the impact the foundation has already had on one of its kids with the rousing speech by Taylor Kurth of Park Center. Finally Cedric Griffin provided the guests with his personal background as a youth which prompted him to so passionately start the Stand Up For Kids Foundation, finishing his speech by thanking everyone for their support.

The fantastic evening ended with a desert of cheesecake as a Live Auction was conducted by Emcee Eugene Meaur. Highlights of the auction included a Super Bowl Package for Two, a House Boat Vacation donated by Cedric Griffin and Diamond Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet set donated by Monique’s White Diamonds. All Live Auction winners received the deal of a lifetime while financially supporting the foundation.

Given the resounding success of the Stand Up For Kids Foundation’s inaugural fundraiser, it's hoped that the upcoming years will provide even greater chances to reach even more kids.