Up North: fundraising records broken at 2022 Blizzard Tour
The 23rd annual Black Woods Blizzard Tour ride to fight ALS, concluded in record breaking fashion on February 5th, at the at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth.
It all started in 1999 when four snowmobile riders in Randy Bannor, Larry Bannor, Greg Sorenson, and Dennis Nelson received $15,000 in contributions, which were then used to help people fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease. This time around bringing some Minnesota twins alum in to the fold.
"The biggest thing is we get to raise money again for ALS, All though we didn’t ride last year we still raised a bunch of money and we are going to do it again this year. This time we get to ride, I don’t know why we want to ride in this weather, but we will," exclaimed Minnesota Twins Alumni Kent Hrbek.
Over 250 snowmobilers where present at the event that set an all-time new record, raising over $1.6 million in this year’s fight against ALS.
"It’s just the greatest bunch of people, we have a lot of fun. We ride a long way on the snowmobile but we raise a ton of money and we have a lot of fun doing this. Just trying to help people," added Former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Although not all riders participated for same reasons, all rallied around the quest to find treatments along with a cure for ALS.
"This group is raising a ton of money trying to help people with it, help them get through it, and fight with it. They do a fantastic job but ultimately we want to find a cure for it that’s our goal," continued Gardenhire.
It’s a local cause that started with only 38 riders in the year 2000, and now 23 years later, has amassed over 15.2 million dollars.
"The reality of this thing is we got riders that are going out there raising the money, they are knocking on doors, they are doing the golf tournaments, they are doing the fundraisers, and they are doing the bag tournaments. It’s so exciting for us to see that number grow every year and for us we are just excited to be part of it," concluded Twins alum Terry Steinbach.