We’ll say it again…..WOW! Saturday was an amazing day! What an honor and privilege it was to host our 8th Annual Thumbs Up event this past Saturday supporting mental health and suicide prevention. What a wonderful day to run, walk, bike, blade in memory of those we’ve lost to suicide and those who personally struggle with a mental health disorder. Our hope is that each person walked away with a renewed sense of purpose, hope and healing….
We don’t even know how to begin saying thank you because there are so many people who had a hand in this past Saturday. But here it goes…
First, we’d like to start by thanking the participants who signed up. This was a new record for our event and one that has completely humbled. We had 992 participants at our event on Saturday. We are usually right around 500, so we nearly doubled our record of 513 participants. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for showing up in such a HUGE way! We also had 61 Teams Signed up – that was another record we more than doubled from our 2019 event. The enormity of this year is truly beyond words. Special thanks to Janet Casperson and Shannon Lee for their time and energy into building the foundation for our Teams this year! And a special thanks to Brenda Roux for heading up our registration team! Our teams and donors helped raise an additional $25,518.36!
Secondly, I’d like to thank the Thumbs Up Planning Committee. This crew did an absolute knock out job of helping plan our event. My hats off to all of you! Planning committee members include: Brenda Roux, Jody Kreuser, Kate Moyer, Jessica Hackenmueller, Shannon Lee, Janet Casperson, Don Ryther, Sara Holzem, Echo Dvorak, Lana Matthews, Jenny Janish, Taylor Krumm, Melissa Bowers, Kellie Nielson, and Katie Britton. I’d also like to give a big shout out to Wayne Kilmer, Todd Shatusky and Dan Kreuser for their help building, doing the heavy lifting and helping gather everything under the sun that we asked for 😉
Our AMAZING and GENEROUS Sponsors! To our Title Sponsors – First Bank Elk River, Sportech and Hudson Hardware of Zimmerman – THANK YOU doesn’t begin to scratch the surface! Your generosity to the cause is so appreciated! ($2,500 sponsorship)
Thank you to our High Five Sponsors – American Family Insurance Todd Shatusky Agency, Engraved Stones Direct, Healing Moments Counseling, T-Mobile, Franklin Outdoor Advertising and Cloud Media. ($1,500 Sponsorship)
Thank you to our Lace ‘Em Up Sponsors – Elk River Senior Living, Eye West Vision Clinic, Fairway Independent Mortgage Michele Brandt Agency, Great River Energy, Lakeside Cabinets & Woodworking, Metal Craft, Royal Bank of Canada, Solors Optional Axis, Stahl Construction, Terra Construction, Thrivent – Brenda Roux Agency, Newport Healthcare, Dragonfly Aerial Imagery ($1,000 Sponsorship)
Thank you to our Speed Walker Bib Sponsors – Plaisted Companies, Elk River Dairy Queen, NFP, Deneen Flanary & Associates, Renew You Medical Spa, Bags of Smiles, CAD, Lupulin Brewing, Merlin’s Family Restaurant, Nystrom & Associates, ServePro of Wright County, Studio 107, Vision Transportation, Zylstra Harley-Davidson. ($500 Sponsorship)
Thank you to our Memorial Sponsors – The Original Collins Brothers Towing, Rockwoods, Ball Corporation and Burda’s Towing ($350 Sponsorship)
We’d also like to thank our event partners: The City of Elk River, Elk River Police Reserves, Caribou Coffee, Dunn Brothers Coffee, Fish Sunflowers, Fish Realty, LIFT PT, U14 Elk River Girls Softball Team, The Original Collins Brothers Towing, Creative Kids Daycare, CAER Food Shelf, and the Elk River Golf Course.
A special thanks to Jody Kreuser and Kate Moyer for helping out on the sponsorship sub-committee!
And how about those vendors!? Our awesome food vendors: Thai 1 On, Swede’s Smokin’ Grill and Batter Up – AMAZING EATS! To our other event vendors: Azitala Yoga, Fairway Independent Mortgage, Fast Tracker MN, Healing Moments Counseling, HealthSource Chiropractic, NAMI, Newport Healthcare, Open Doors for Youth, Prairie Care, Ruff Start Rescue, Safe Families for Children, STIR, Susanne Pachl, TAKEOFF Nutrition, The Center for Hope and Healing and Rum River Counseling – THANK YOU!
Thank you to our Kids Activity Vendors: The Hair Studios Crazy Hair Booth, Face Painting by Two Rivers Monuments, Kindness Rock Painting by Plaisted Companies and Miss Liz Fink sharing a mindfulness practice and journal decorating activity! Special thanks to Echo Dvorak and Jessica Hackenmueller for making the most amazing Kids Obstacle Course EVER – THE FLOOR IS LAVA was a huge hit and made our event extra special!
Can I get a round of applause for our DJ Mitch!?! How AWESOME was he?!
Thank you to Pickle Events for Timing our Race, Cloud Media for helping with our LIVE Opening Ceremony and videography and also to Dragonfly Aerial Imagery for helping us get a birds-eye view of the event! We can’t wait to see your footage! Our event photographers: Melissa Bowers, Summer Hackenmueller and Jessaca Brindley – So excited to see what you captured from the day!
Next, we’d like to thank the 111 volunteers who came out to support the event! Our event could not run as smoothly without all of you! Special thanks to Taylor Krumm for your hard work finding volunteers – Thank you!
We also wanted to thank our opening ceremony guests and keynote speakers: Nicole R.H.Baker of The Creative Therapy Center, John Houlton of First Bank Elk River, Jim Hudson from Hudson Hardware of Zimmerman, Sam and Boomer the dog, Open Doors for youth, Yellow Ribbon Club, HUSH, and SAVE, and last, but not least, singer/songwriter Dayna Koehn for singing a song of remembrance and our National Anthem!
And to everyone else we may have missed, please know that we are thankful and grateful for your support, your donations, your time and energy towards the cause.
We are forever grateful and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year!
PS – We will be totaling our event earnings and will share the amount raised in the near future! Please make sure you follow us on our social media channels so you can stay abreast of future events, happenings, and how we are impacting the communities around us, thanks to YOU!
From your friends at Thumbs Up – Keep Moving Forward!