Fifty-five for Five
ADRIAN — The Minnesota American Legion Riders fifth annual Legacy Run rolled on through Post 32 in Adrian on Saturday morning.
The event is hosted to raise money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship fund set up to ensure that military service children who are suddenly in single-parent homes are able to attend higher education institutions to complete their education.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, it is estimated that there are over 10,000 children that fit that description.
“Last year we raised $51,000 for this cause, and this year the goal is to raise $55,000, which is why we’ve called this event 55 for five,” said Mark Coney, District Vice Commander for Post 32.
The six-day Minnesota Legacy run will be completed in two weekend runs. The first departed from the Minneapolis Veterans Home on Friday, with several stops made in southern Minnesota through Sunday. The second run will depart from Little Falls American Legion on this coming Friday and travel through the state on a northern route, ending Aug. 10 at the Coon Rapids American Legion.
“This is a nationwide charity, so once the money is raised in Minnesota it will be taken to Indianapolis, Ind., to the American Legion headquarters,” Coney said. “That’s where the money from all 50 states will be pooled together and taken to the national convention in Charlotte, N.C. to be put in a mutual fund scholarship.”
The nationwide goal is to raise $25 million so that all service kids who have lost a parent have the option of pursuing post-secondary education without having to worry about where the funds will come from.
“This is such an important cause,” Coney said. “When a death like that happens in the family, it’s easy to think that they (parents) won’t be able to send their children to college. This gives them hope.”
Members of the Legacy Run stopped Saturday to not only enjoy a tasty breakfast from Post 32, but to collect a $300 check that the post raised for the Legacy Scholarship Fund.
Minnesota American Legion Riders Chairman Steve Sullivan, who has served in that post for five years, was there to accept the check. He expressed gratitude for all the contributions to the cause.
Jodi Hassing, an organizer for the Minnesota American Legion Riders, said she has been in the organization since its inception five years ago, and that the $55,000 goal is the largest so far.
“Right now we are over halfway there of meeting our goal, and we still have the rest of Sunday and a whole other weekend to raise money to reach it,” Hassing said. “I think we’re going to make it.”
In addition to the stop in Adrian, the Minnesota American Legion Riders made visits to Luverne, Fulda and Windom on Saturday. They completed the southern leg of their tour on Sunday in Faribault.
For more information, visit www.mnlegacyrun.org.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.