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Raffle Board winners

Here are the winners from our wonderful raffle board prizes at Sunshine Fest:

– Diamond necklace – Donated by Riddles Jewelry – Brian Larson

– iPad Air – Donated by Van and Dee Larson – Nick Wilcox

– $300 Sanders Gift Card – Donated by Sanders 1907 – Val Ames

– $300 Hugo’s Gift Card – Donated by Hugo’s – Rose Travis

– $400 Sublime Gift Card – Donated by Sublime – Kevin Zabinski

Again, thank you to those that donated these prizes and to the people that both squares on the raffle boards. We are grateful for your support and excited to announce the winners.

If you have not picked up your items yet, get in touch with Jena in the Sunshine Memorial Foundation office.

Registration location update

Hello all! I can hardly wait for Saturday morning to roll around. Here are the most up-to-date locations for registration.

Runners will register in the Main Lobby (main entrance).


2014 Sunshine Fest registration volunteers

Walkers on a team register at the Southwest Entrance (student entrance).

All other walkers can register at either the Southwest or Northwest Entrance.

As always, visit for any other event questions.

See you soon!

Until then,

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And the winner is….

Can you believe it? We are just THREE days away from the big event! I bet you’ve had team discussions. You’ve figured out what your theme is. You’ve designed your team uniforms and you’re ready to go. If you still need additional information check out Online registration is no longer available but have no fear….you can still join the fun. Just come to Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday to register in person and buy raffle board spots. They will be available all morning!

I wanted to be sure all of our wonderful walkers and fun-runners are aware of the awards up for grabs on Saturday morning. There are several categories you can work toward and who doesn’t want bragging rights?!?!?!!

2014 More Sunshine Team Award winner Altru Same Day Surgery.



The award categories are…drumroll please….


2014 More Sunshine Award winner Altru Same Day Surgery


More Sunshine Team Award

Presented to the team that embodies the greatest showing with: Attitude, Costumes, Participants & funds.




2014 More Sunshine Award winner Joellen Cariveau


More Sunshine Individual Award

Presented to the person that best embodies a spirit and attitude of helping others with the greatest amount of Sunshine.




Most Team Participants Award

Presented to the team with the most participants present on the day of event. Corporate and Individual Awards will be presented.

2014 Most Community Team Participants Altru Family Birthing Center

2014 Most Community Team Participants Altru Family Birthing Center

2014 Most Corporate Team Participants award winner Alerus Financial

2014 Most Corporate Team Participants award winner Alerus Financial



Most Team Funds Raised Award

Presented to the team with the most funds raised. Corporate and Individual Awards will be presented. The 2014 team winner was Soaring Sunshine. The 2014 corporate team winner was AgCountry. Photos unavailable.



2014 Volunteer Award winner Don Anderson





 Volunteer of the Year Award





Now you have another goal (or two) in mind for Saturday! I encourage you to finish your costumes, raise a few more dollars, buy your raffle tickets, recruit a few more teammates, eat well and get some rest. We all need to be ready for More Sunshine on Saturday!!!

Until then,

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P.S. Click here for all things Sunshine Fest!

Fun stuff

If you haven’t already registered you need to do that ASAP people! You can visit to get all the Sunshine Fest schedule details and get registered.

I have some fun pictures to share today. Who doesn’t love a swag bag with neat stuff?!?!?!?

Every participant will receive a water bottle, a carabiner, and a swag bag, filled with lots of great information from our vendors.

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There’s a water bottle for everyone. The white one is for the kids (8 and under) who participate in the events. The blue Lexon water bottle is for everyone else who has registered. Remember one mission of the Sunshine Memorial Foundation is to promote hydration and hiker awareness…don’t wait, HYDRATE!






2015 SFest Apparel


A long-sleeve runner’s shirt is included in each runner’s registration. You may order Sunshine shirts online at (but they won’t be here in time for this year’s event) and a limited number will be available for sale at Sunshine Fest. This is a great way to remind yourself of Sunshine whenever you need it!






I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to the sponsors of the 5K fun run. Thank you for your incredible support of Sunshine Fest 2015!

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All of the details are coming together! I’ve got one more post planned and then I just might have to do a little wrap-up after Sunshine Fest. I have a feeling there will be lots of wonderful ‘stuff’ to remember. Some fantastic costumes, wonderful smiles and contagious enthusiasm.

Until then,

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Time to take a chance

Last week something showed up in my inbox. All I needed to see was the subject line which read…Board Raffles for Sunshine Fest. Since I’ve been to a few Sunshine Fest meetings I knew what it was immediately. Who doesn’t like to take a chance and hope to win? Especially when it supports a great cause AND the prizes are really fantastic!

Here’s how it works. You can choose which raffle board(s) you’d like to buy a spot on. Spots are $10 each. You can purchase multiple spots on a single board, multiple spots on multiple boards OR you can choose to purchase a “full ride” which is $50 (and includes 1 spot on each prize board). No one will mind if you purchase multiple full rides either!! It’s pretty simple!

Without further adieu, the board prizes are:


Riddle’s Diamond Necklace ($600 value)


Hugo’s Gift Certificate ($300 value)


Sublime Laser Hair Removal ($400 value)


Sander’s 1907 Gift Certificate ($300 value)


Sunshine iPad Air ($500 value)


I told you they were pretty fantastic!

Here’s your mission for the week. CLICK HERE! Take a chance and buy some spots. You don’t need to be present to win but why not attend Sunshine Fest too and experience all the fun that will be happening that day.

A few other links to remember….

Register for walk or fun run here.

If your business or organization would like to take part in the Health & Wellness Fair click here.

We’re still looking for helpers. Click here to volunteer for the big event.

Buy your spots on the Raffle Boards here.

That should be enough homework for this week don’t you think? Spread the word and let’s make this the biggest, brightest Sunshine Fest ever!

Until then,

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Here’s the schedule

With these very cold days of winter we’ve been experiencing lately, I for one could use a little sunshine! Thankfully the details are coming together, the committees are working harder than ever and soon February 7 will be here. Yay!

You really should register if you haven’t already. Just click here to get that out of the way. It will only take a few minutes and you’ll be all set.

There will be so many things happening at Sunshine Fest that I figured we should all have a more specific schedule.

The following events will be on-going throughout the entire morning. Here’s the list.

9:00 a.m. – Noon  MED_3113

  • Health & Wellness Fair
  • Kid Zone – Face Painting, Balloons & Kid-zone Raffle
  • Coffee Zone
  • Photo booth
  • Pet therapy dogs
  • Demonstrations and performances by community groups


***The doors of Ralph Engelstad Arena will open at 9:00 a.m.***


Then you’ll want to keep this schedule handy so you know when you need to be where (depending on what you’re participating in).

Schedule of Events:

 9:00 a.m.        Registration begins

*Team registration will at a separate table near the Southwest student entrance.

 **Walkers and runners can register at either the Northwest or Southwest doors.

9:00 a.m.        Health & Wellness Fair begins

9:30 a.m.        Stroller Contest

10:00 a.m.      Welcome and Announcements1545893_698532493525051_1586942890_n

10:15 a.m.      3k Indoor Walk starts

10:30 a.m.      5k Outdoor Fun Run starts

11:15 a.m.      Sponsor & Partner Thank Yous

11:30 a.m.      Award Presentation & Prize Announcements

11:45 a.m.      We’ll see you next year! Thanks for coming too!!


You can register today at

$10 per person to walk or participate

$25 per person to run (which includes a performance runner’s shirt)

$50 per stroller team for contest entry (includes 2 adults and their children. Standard fee(s) apply for additional team members.


All proceeds from this year’s Sunshine Fest will go to the Sunshine Memorial Foundation in support of the proposed Sunshine Hospitality Home project! This will be a place for patients and their families, affected by critical illnesses, diseases and, injuries, that must travel to Grand Forks to fulfill their healthcare needs. A hospitality house provides individuals with a place to sleep, eat, keep their belongings, relax and find comfort. It will be open to all ages and situations and will welcome families from the Grand Forks and surrounding region.



It’s going to be a fun day to support a great organization! Please get registered now!


Until then,

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Health and Wellness Fair

There will be so many wonderful and fun activities happening on February 7. I’m excited to see and learn from the Health and Wellness Fair. This is a big part of Sunshine Fest. Any health and wellness related organizations are invited to display their resources and services for participants. I’ve heard you can walk through it all at one time or make a few stops with each lap! Here are a few pictures from previous fairs.


One organization that has already signed up for this year’s event is the Grand Forks Senior Center. Melissa Korslien (not pictured), Public Relations Manager of the Senior Center, is excited for February.



“The Grand Forks Senior Center is excited to exhibit again at the Sunshine Fest Health & Wellness Fair. This event fits with our mission to help older adults live healthy and independent lives. We put “sunshine” into the lives of seniors through nutrition, health services, resource counseling, transportation assistance and life enrichment activities.”


I would like to invite your organization to participate and set up a display. Non-profits can have a booth for free and businesses are asked for a $100 registration fee. Not bad to get in front of hundreds of people having fun! To get registered today, click here or call Tammy Gulberg at 701-746-8960. Showcase your business, services or organization! And for those of us who will just be there to check it out…Come and learn what our community has to offer to keep you going!

MED_3006Also a big thanks to this year’s sponsors of the Health and Wellness Fair: Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics – Altru & Truyu – Altru. With access to key professionals and state-of-the-art technology, the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics uses genetic information to help people understand their risks, prevent, help manage, and, in some cases, reduce the expression of inherited disease. Truyu offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures, services and products to rejuvenate your look.

So much fun coming so quickly! Don’t miss it!

Until then,

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P.S. Be sure to visit to register to run, walk or volunteer!



Today I just wanted to share a quick greeting and quote with you. Cassie Gerhardt and her family have been part of Sunshine Fest in the past. They are Team Super Jack! She recently shared this with me and I thought it was very appropriate for this season.


“Participating in Sunshine Fest was an easy choice for our family as it was something we could do as a family and it was a way for our sons to be involved in working to make Sunshine Hospitality Home a reality.  When we make monetary donations, our sons aren’t engaged in the activity, but Sunshine Fest allowed them the opportunity to participate and  to learn as we stopped by resource tables in our laps around The Ralph.  We had a great morning of ‘family fun’ during the 2014 Sunshine Fest and have the 2015 Sunshine Fest marked on our calendars… we will definitely be there!”

I wish you all a very happy holiday season and warmest wishes for good health, good humor and sunshine in the New Year!

Until then,

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Party time

This time of year seems filled with parties, gatherings, food and fun. Each year my family’s December calendar is packed with places to be, things to do and people to see. Then, it inevitably seems, we turn the page to January, winter really settles in and life slows down, if only a little bit.

The Sunshine Fest committees are going strong and their work will not slow down in January. As the calendar turns to 2015 you’re going to start seeing advertisements and more information on the 5th annual event. You may hear more about the event at work or through friends and your team will start coming together. Plus, I’m sure you’ll be missing all the parties, yummy food and friends around you. So……

I’d like to offer a suggestion to all of you planning those teams for Sunshine Fest 2015.

  1. Set aside a time and place for your team to gather.
  2. Figure out what your team theme/costume will be.
  3. Send out a supply list and have members come prepared to decorate, craft or tutu the night away.
  4. Laugh, craft, eat and share stories.
  5. Leave the party ready to vie for a fabulous trophy at Sunshine Fest on February 7, 2015!

A dear friend hosted a similar gathering that I was part of a few years ago as we geared up for the Color Run. That particular race is all about fun, color and laughs (sounds similar to this one)! So we met up with yards of colorful tulle and elastic and made ourselves coordinating tutus and a few signs for our “fans” to hold along the race. Trust me when I tell you it was fun for everyone, starting with the sweetest 1 year old who thought we were all crazy! My daughters were 5 and 8 at the time and they had a blast as well.

The ideas and the possibilities are endless. So have fun with it! Here are a few pictures from last year’s event to inspire you.

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We’re all very busy now but in January we’ll be looking for lots of Sunshine!

Until then,

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It takes a team

Well, another blog post is upon us. Each week I look through the photos from last year’s event. I find it inspiring to see all the smiles, fun outfits and the participants of all ages. Some pictures show small groups of people or individuals who joined the action. Some pictures show big groups with something in common.

I’ve looked at many of these large groups and wondered many things. What brought them together? Why did they choose to participate in this particular event? How did they decide on their outfits? Were they trying to win an award?

One of the many groups that joined the fun last year was a group of coworkers from Altru’s Same Day Surgery department. Obviously, they work together so that answers that one. They chose to participate for several reasons I’m sure but I heard this from a few of their team members.


2014 Altru Same Day Surgery


“Our department at Altru, Same Day Surgery, all participated.What a fun way to raise money to benefit our community” – Mavis

“What an amazing event! It was great to be part of such an energetic and fun event with such a worthwhile cause. ” – Michelle

I’m not sure how they chose their outfits but anything that incorporates sunshine is encouraged. What more could you ask for? Bright, sunshiny-yellow tshirts. Fun sunshine glasses. Smiling faces and lots of laughter I’m sure! I love the above picture but I like this one that was just recently sent to me as well.

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The Same Day Surgery team was awarded the trophy for the team that embodies the greatest amount of Sunshine. They’ve proudly kept it safe and secure for nearly a year now. I bet they’re already thinking of ideas for the upcoming Sunshine Fest!

We’ve talked a little about registration before. As part of the online registration process you can add your “team name”. I think you should do that! Start a conversation with your friends. Chat with family while you’re celebrating the upcoming holidays. Talk with your coworkers. All you need is a group of any size! It could be your family of four or team of 20 colleagues.

I’ll do my part to get you started…click here…and head on over to the registration page. It’s going to be lots and lots of fun for a wonderful cause. Get going and get ready to share your sunshine in February!

Until next time,

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