Black Woods Blizzard Tour raises $2 million

Even without snow, the 25th anniversary Black Woods Blizzard Tour raised record breaking funds to fight ALS. Organizers say the $2 million dollars will go to individuals battling ALS and for research.

The group made the best of the warm weather- shifting from the usual snowmobile ride to indoor games, inspired by the Olympics.

“The Games of the 25th” were held at Skyline Social & Games and Curl Mesabi and included duck pin bowling, axe throwing, basketball, bowling, curling and trivia.

Former Minnesota Twins alumni Terry Steinbach, Kent Hrbek, and Ron Gardenhire drummed up support by participating in the games.

Also new this year was the ALS Light of Hope Panel which brought in leading Neurologists from across the country to the Black Bear Casino on Saturday.

That evening, the Welcome Home dinner hosted speakers, Todd Lauer and Chris Engler, both battling ALS, who had the audience in tears. Over 600 people were in attendance.

The Black Woods Blizzard Tour has raised over $19 million in its twenty-five-year history and has seen fundraising increases almost every year.