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We have some amazing news to share…

We have reached our fundraising goal for the Wellness Room thanks to all of the generous donations and pledges!

Thank you everyone!

Altru Payroll Deduction
We are extremely grateful to see the amount of Altru Health System employees who made donations to the Sunshine Hospitality Home! Whether it was via check, payroll deduction, etc., we appreciate the tremendous support!
Every donation is inching us closer to our fundraising goal!
Performance Chiropractic
Performance Chiropractic is celebrating 10 years by donating to 10 charities.
We are so happy Stacy & Kris chose us as one of the lucky organizations!
Support from local businesses means a lot, and we are very appreciative of it.








The Red River Valley Paralegal Association also recently made a donation to the Sunshine Hospitality Home.
Pictured here are Kathy Freidig, Sue Schaumburg, and Eileen Nelson of Grand Forks. Kathy even made a separate personal donation!

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Check out what is happening with Sunshine

Our donors and volunteers are so important to us! This brief posting will help us keep you updated and informed on recent happenings.


We hope everyone had an amazing Labor Day weekend!


We honestly can not thank our volunteers enough for the hard work they put in. Everyone at our foundation and everyone that the Sunshine Hospitality Home will help thanks you.
Construction Update

We get so excited seeing the progress on the Sunshine Hospitality Home. The foundation of the building is complete thanks to all of the hard construction workers!

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Sunshine Hospitality Home

The Sunshine Hospitality Home will include many different types of spaces, including two community dining rooms.The community dining rooms allow for families and caregivers to sit down in a quiet and comfortable setting to enjoy a meal, a snack, or a cup of coffee with each other.

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
-J.M. Barrie
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Princess House_Fantasia

We are partnering with K-BID & Curt D. Johnson Auction Company to auction off some beautiful Princess House items that were donated by an extremely generous donor from Pekin.

Doug Messner lost his wife, Kathleen, in 2015. Kathleen had an extensive collection of Princess House items. Doug and his children thought it would be a fitting tribute to donate the pieces to the Sunshine Memorial Foundation to be used in an auction benefiting the Sunshine Hospitality Home.

To bid on these wonderful pieces, all you have to do is create a FREE bidder account.

Bidding ends 8/15/2017

Link to Register:
Link to Auction:

If you have any questions, contact Todd Adams
Phone: 701.317.0609

Sunshine Fest Wrap-Up

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Sunshine Fest on Saturday! We hope you had a great time, as we sure did!

Here are all of this year’s award winners:

Volunteer of the Year Award – Mandi Johnson, MD

Sunshine Board Award – Carma Hanson & Mary Glessner

More Sunshine Individual Award – Misti Koop

More Sunshine Team Award – Sunbowlers

Most Community Team Participants – Altru NICU

Most Corporate Team Participants – Alerus

Most Community Team Funds Raised – Team PEO

Most Corporate Team Funds Raised – Sawdust Designs

Oh, and if you missed the big announcement… WE’RE BREAKING GROUND THIS YEAR!

Honestly, this project would not be possible without the support of each and every one of you. We are lucky to live in such a giving community and to have such amazing people working on this project.

Pictures from Sunshine Fest should be up on our website sometime next week. We hope to see you at Sunshine Fest 2018!

Until then,


Sunshine Fest – Schedule of Events

Sunshine Fest is this Saturday! If you’re joining us, here is what you want to know.

The event is at the beautiful Ralph Engelstad Arena. If you are participating in the walk, you can park by and use the either the Northwest or the Southwest Entrance. Runners should enter through the main (east) doors.

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. The Health & Wellness Fair, Kid Zone, Photo Booth, and pet therapy dogs will also start at this time and be available until 11 a.m.

The opening welcome and announcements will start at 10:00. Then the walk will commence at 10:15 followed by the run at 10:30.

After we all get our exercise in for the day, we will have sponsor and partner thank yous at 11:15. We will start presenting awards at 11:30. This will also be the time we announce prize winners.

To finish off the day, we will be making our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Everything should be wrapped up by noon.

Snacks will be available throughout the event.

It’s not too late to register! Pre-registration will be available online until Thursday at midnight. Registration will also be available at the event.

Help us make this the biggest and best Sunshine Fest yet! We look forward to seeing you there!


Until then,


Health and Wellness Fair

One of our main goals at the foundation is to educate people about health and wellness. That is what we have been about since day one.

Because of this, one of the main aspects of Sunshine Fest is the Health and Wellness Fair. The fair is a great way for local organizations to bring awareness to the amazing services they provide.

Some booths that will be set up this year include Altru’s Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics, Altru Ambulance Services, Valley Community Health Center, and ChiroRx Chiropractic and Wellness Care.

So come to Sunshine Fest and check out all of the cool booths. You might just get some free swag!

If you would like a booth for your organization, please fill out this form by February 8th.

Until then,



Sunshine Fest is more fun when you’re part of a team! So why not grab some friends and create one?

Not sure where to start? I’ve created a list of ideas.

Last year was my family’s first time going to Sunshine Fest. They all just signed up individually, and they had a great time. This year, however, I’m trying to encourage them to go as a team. It could be something simple, like The Edwards. Or we can spice it up a bit and do The Electric Edwards. Everyone could wear yellow and maybe we could draw lightning bolts on our shirts.

Every year we have quite a few people that create teams at work. What a great way to bond with your coworkers!

Along similar lines, if you are part of a club or other organization, you could also create a team! Sorority sisters… choirs… sports teams… etc.

You don’t need to have a theme, but it is encouraged. We do give away an award for the team that embodies the most sunshine! Some of my personal favorites from last year were AHS 6th Floor “Wizards of Gauze” and “Old McAltru”–Altru’s 4th Floor Women & Children.

There are also awards for the teams that raise the most funds and the teams with the most participants. What do you need to do to be in the running? First of all, designate a team captain. This is important because this is the person we will contact to let you know you’ve won! Also, the captain will be in charge of the team form. The team form should include every member of your team. Any funds raised by a member can go under the “Donation” section next to their name. The captain will turn in the team form and all funds raised at Sunshine Fest.

If you have any questions at all regarding teams, don’t hesitate to e-mail or call us at 701-738-2462.

Sunshine Fest is as much fun as YOU guys make it! We thank you so much for all the excitement we’ve had around this event!

Until then,


Sunshine Fest is less than a month away! That means it is time to start registering.



Are you feeling strong? Want to try running a 5K… outdoors… in February… in Grand Forks?

The run costs $25 to participate in. Plus it comes with a sweet shirt!

How to Register:

  1. Right-click the following link and open in a new tab or window.
  2. Select the number of runners. You’ll also be given an opportunity to make an additional donation. This is completely optional.
  3. Click Register Now.
  4. Fill out the waiver. If you are part of a team, this is also where you will enter/select your team. Lastly, don’t forget to select a size for your T-shirt!
  5. Click Proceed to Payment Options.
  6. Select to pay by credit card under Methods of Payment.
  7. Click Pay Now in the bottom right corner.
  8. Enter your credit card information and hit the blue pay button.

You are now set to run the 5K at Sunshine Fest! Just remember to dress appropriately for the weather.


Prefer to exercise indoors in February? Then the 3K walk is for you. It’s $10 to get in the door.

How to Register:

  1. Right-click the following link and open in a new tab or window.
  2. Select the number of walkers. If you are going as a family, just select the Family Pass. This covers two adults and their children. Also note that children under the age of 8 are free. This is also where you can make an additional donation if you so choose.
  3. Click Register Now.
  4. Fill out the waiver. If you are part of a team, this is also where you will enter/select your team. If you chose to make an additional donation, check the box Use Attendee #1’s information for ALL attendees so you don’t have to fill out your information again.
  5. Click Proceed to Payment Options.
  6. Select to pay by credit card under Methods of Payment.
  7. Click Pay Now in the bottom right corner.
  8. Enter your credit card information and hit the blue pay button.

Congratulations! You are now set to participate at Sunshine Fest. We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to call us at 701-738-2462 or e-mail

Although we encourage pre-registering, registration will be available at the door the day of the event.


Until then,


Sunshine Fest: The Making Of

When asked by our staff member, Traci, for some input about the making of Sunshine Fest and a history of sorts, one thing came to mind, YOU. There have been so many people over the years that have helped build this event into what it has become. The resounding comments that we hear from those that have been involved by volunteering or attending is that Sunshine Fest is a FUN event, and to that end, we’ve been blessed.
The history and logistics of Sunshine Fest over the years has changed immensely. We’ve gone from 106 people the first year to now sustaining over 1,000 each year!  What started as a ‘find whoever we can’ to meet around a table to get the event pulled off successfully, changed into a full on labyrinth of committees working towards shared goals. It has certainly evolved over the years. However, one thing we’ve found consistent is that a concerned group of citizens can change the world. And we have those in our community!

From the early ‘round-table’ to the large committees:

  • You’ve helped envision what Sunshine Fest could be
  • You’ve helped refine what Sunshine Fest should be
  • You’ve given countless hours to shape what Sunshine Fest is today
  • You’ve shared the message, built teams, and inspired others

Sunshine Fest is a Health & Wellness event that tries to ‘Bring Sunshine’ to everyone in the winter to honor Shannon’s January 22nd birthday. The original vision was to raise funds to affect community needs of all walks of life: “sharing in the work to share in the wealth,” all in a caring spirit. Yes, there’s a Health & Wellness Fair, a 5k Run & a 3K Walk, but it’s become so much more. Some years we’ve started planning the day the Fest is over and others we just begin late in the year. It always comes together though.  People gathering together to support their community, dressing up in exciting team costumes, & sharing with each other their passion.

We’ve had hundreds of volunteers help and we couldn’t have done it without you.  For starters, here’s some key one’s:

“More Sunshine Award” – Started the first year in 2011 for the “Person that best embodies a spirit and attitude of helping others with the greatest amount of Sunshine”

Brittany Dvorak, Carma Hanson, Mary Glessner, JoEllen Cariveau, Ann-Marie Morrow, & Jan Bjork

“Volunteer of the Year Award” – Started in 2014 “For volunteer service beyond the call of duty that has truly made a difference.”

Don Anderson, Jerilyn Rethemeier & Pam Henderson

Above are just some that have helped in years past, but is certainly not everyone. Thank you to those that have helped in the past and come join us if you haven’t. There are still things to accomplish to make Sunshine Fest a big success again on February 11th, 2017!  Would you like to be a part of it?  Give us a call at 701.738.2462 or email to help, or just pre-register here.  We’d love to see you!

Until then,


Sunshine Hospitality Home

Sunshine Fest is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from this event will go towards the Sunshine Hospitality Home.

What is the Sunshine Hospitality Home? Good question. The Sunshine Hospitality Home will be a place where patients and their families can stay while seeking medical treatment in Grand Forks. It’s sort of like a Ronald McDonald House, but for all ages.
The home will feature guest rooms, guest suites, and guest residence apartments to accommodate all lengths of stay. There will be dining rooms and kitchens so guests don’t have to eat out of vending machines or eat out for every meal, which can get expensive quickly. In addition, there will be an art/music room, game/play room, faith room, a wellness center, and much more. Stop by our booth at Sunshine Fest to see the blueprints!

The home will be just west of Altru’s main campus and north of Sertoma Park. It was important to us that the hospitality home be close to the hospital for the guests’ ease and convenience.

Comfort. Compassion. Convenience. That is what the Hospitality Home is all about. It’s much more than just a place to stay.


We’re so excited to break ground in 2017!


Until then,