Progressive Dinner Fundraiser on the Greenway a Big Success
By Aaron Shaffer
September 19th, 2014
Minneapolis, MN– Did you notice large crowds of bikers in the Lake of the Isles region and along the Midtown Greenway on Sunday, September 7th? That was the date of 2014’s Progressive Dinner, an annual fundraiser for the Midtown Greenway Coalition. The event involves bikes, food, and beer (with some wine options, as well); which helps its popularity. Seventy riders combined with quite a few volunteers to eat at three stops near and along the Midtown Greenway.
The Midtown Greenway Coalition was able to raise $3510 through the event; money which helps fund their Trail Watch safety patrol, among other valuable programs that help keep the Midtown Greenway clean and green.
Soren Jensen, executive director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, had nothing but good things to say about the event. “We had a wonderful Progressive Dinner on the Greenway. The weather was perfect, and the food was excellent. Special thanks to all of our riders and volunteers, and especially our sponsors,” said Jensen.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Midtown Greenway Coalition’s Trail Watch program, it is one of many valuable programs they’ve created, and aims to keep eyes on the trails after dark to prevent crime before it happens. More information on that program, along with information on how to volunteer, can be found on the their website, www.midtowngreenway.org
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis, is on the Midtown Greenway Coalition's board of directors, and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.