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United Way of 1000 Lakes

350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A

Grand Rapids, MN  55744

t. 218-999-7570 

c. 218-259-9535




Start Recruiting Your Team and Make a Big Flip at United Way Kick-off: Sept. 6


GRAND RAPIDS – Get out your favorite plaid flannel shirt; snap on those suspenders and join United Way of 1000 Lakes and the camp cooks from the Forest History Center for a family friendly Lumberjack Breakfast while supporting local programs and initiatives that are vital to our community.


The event, Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Old Central School in downtown Grand Rapids, marks the official beginning of the 2014 campaign. The kick-off features two team challenges again this year – pancake cook-off and pancake flip relay. There is no fee to participate and all ages and abilities are welcome. Get your friends and co-workers together and sign-up for one or both competitions, visit www.unitedwayof1000lakes for registration information.

Starting at 9 a.m. cook-off teams will duel for the title of the finest flapjacks around. Celebrity judges, will rate aroma, presentation, taste, density and texture to determine the winners. The public will be invited to sample the team’s creations. Then at 10 a.m., relay teams will flip, walk, skip and run around Old Central School to show their competitive spirit as they battle for the annual Pancake Race title.


Enjoy a short stack of steamy pancakes and head toward the toppings bar to personalize those flapjacks with everything from chocolate chips to peanut butter. Then top it off with sausage links, a yogurt parfait, juice and coffee.


Cost is $6 per adult, $3 for those ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and younger. Pick-up and delivery are available. For event details, visit www.unitedWayof1000Lakes or call 218-999-7570.


The United Way campaign runs Sept. 15th through Oct. 31st. Funds raised support nearly 40 programs at 27 partner agencies serving the greater Itasca area. If you have made a donation already, thank you. If you have not, please consider donating through a workplace campaign or by sending a contribution directly to United Way of 1000 Lakes. You may donate on-line at www.unitedwayof1000lakes.org, or mail your contribution to United Way of 1000 Lakes, 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN  55744.


Special thanks to our sponsors: Keith’s Old River Pizza Company; Lefty’s Party Rental; Kiwanis; Paul Bunyan Communications; Dales Auto Body, as well as all our volunteers and flippers, celebrity judges, cook-off chefs and relay teams for their support of this event.




Since 1963, United Way of 1000 Lakes has been advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all, focusing on helping children to thrive, providing basic human needs, and promoting independence and community wellness. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. Everyone is invited to be part of the change by giving, advocating and volunteering. That’s what it means to Live United. United Way of 1000 Lakes is a locally based organization serving Itasca area communities.


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