Category Archives: Philanthropy

Volunteers needed for Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic

You can help the cancer research program at Children’s this weekend by volunteering for the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic.

The PTATC, Aug. 4-7 at the Lifetime Fitness in White Bear Lake, is an annual tournament and is considered one of the premier, United States Tennis Association(USTA)-sanctioned, mixed doubles tennis tournaments.

The mission of the PTATC is to host an annual mixed doubles tennis tournament to raise funds that primarily support research to lessen the suffering caused by childhood cancer. All proceeds benefit the cancer research program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

We need help on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 7, with registration, food and beverage, the water stop, and along the course.  Timing would be about 7-10 a.m., depending on the task.

We’re also looking for help at the tournament.  Our greatest need is on Thursday, Aug. 4, 4-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 6, 11:30-1:30, 1:30-3:30 and 3:30-5:30.  Tasks include ticket sales, food sales, merchandise sales, and clean-up.

Volunteers can contact me at or 651-855-2803.

Bid on items to help fight pediatric cancer

Our new Facebook auction lets you bid on items to help fight pediatric cancer, right from Facebook.

Our new eBay-powered Facebook auction feature lets our fans support our fight against pediatric cancer by bidding on cool items in one easy spot.

Our first round of items features an American Girl doll, a $100 Kincaid’s gift card, a signed NBA jersey and the Cities 97 sampler. We’ll offer new items each month and the auctions will support different causes throughout the year.

You can also donate items for upcoming auctions to help support kids’ health!

Bid on an item in the auction.

Julia throws the first pitch at a Twins game

Julia Olejar, 4, one of our cardiovascular patients, got to throw the first pitch at a Twins game Monday night.

One of our cardiovascular patients, 4-year-old Julia Olejar, got to throw out the first pitch at Monday night’s Twins game! Julia’s parents, Kelly and Tim, and little brother, Anthony, watched proudly as she threw the ball to T.C. Bear, the Twins’ mascot.

Julia’s time in the spotlight was part of a check presentation for the HeartBeat 5000, an annual 5K run/walk that has raised nearly $1.5 million for cardiovascular services at Children’s over the last nine years. Before the game, Children’s received a check for $75,000 from the three presenting sponsors of HeartBeat 5000: Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical Inc. and Medtronic.

Julia talks to T.C. Bear before she throws the first pitch of the game to him.

Julia with her family before the game.

Children’s Youth Advisory Council wins Volunteer of the Year

Eric Dahlquist, a member of Children’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), was awarded the 2011 Minnesota Hospital Association Volunteer of the Year award at a ceremony Friday.

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Health Care Awards honor the best and brightest in Minnesota health care – individuals who have offered dedicated service to hospitals and organizations that have implemented successful, innovative programs.

As a member of YAC, Eric has been extremely involved in developing several unique projects for Children’s. Specifically, he worked on the redesign of the teen lounge, and the development of the Geek Squad precinct within the hospital. Beyond his participation in Children’s YAC, Eric has also emerged as a valuable hospital volunteer.

“Eric has the gift of intelligence, wit and curiosity, which results in an outstanding ability as a public speaker. Moreover he is compassionate and caring and is extremely engaging on a personal level. He can motivate a crowd and the individual alike, and clearly possesses the traits to be a future leader,” wrote Yoav Messinger, MD, in Eric’s nomination letter for the award.

In addition to his involvement in Children’s causes, Eric has active leadership positions in other organizations and school activities.

We congratulate Eric and thank him for all he’s done for Children’s.