Up North: Record-Breaking ALS Black Woods Blizzard Tour

WDIO Sports
Updated: February 06, 2019 11:30 PM

Duluth, Minn. - For two decades, The Black Woods Blizzard Tour has been raising funding and awareness for ALS. This year, during the event’s 20th Anniversary, a record $1,229,000 dollars was raised for The ALS Association’s Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Chapter.

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The three day snowmobile ride concluded tonight with the banquet dinner held at Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth. The event featured six baseball legends, all World Series winners. Former Twins Kent Hrbek, Terry Steinbach, Tim Laudner and Jack Morris were joined by Tigers great Kirk Gibson and current Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire. They celebrated with a crowd of more than 700. This marks three consecutive years that the event has crossed the million dollar mark, bringing its lifetime total over $10 million.

“Year after year this group of extraordinary people manages to inspire us with their generosity,” said The ALS Association’s Executive Director, Jennifer Hjelle. “We knew they’d want to go big for the 20th year, but the fact that they raised the bar once again is incredible and it will go such a long way to help the 600 families facing ALS that we serve.”

“The Northland is a special community,” added Hjelle. “The people who ride, volunteer, sponsor and support this event are amazing. Their efforts continue to inspire everyone who has been impacted by this disease and it motivates our staff to keep moving forward until we live in a world without ALS. “

(Contributions from Mike Stephenson, Director of Marketing and Communications: The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter.)


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