A group of industrious Spring Lake Park High School students and graduates have raised $2,800 for the Minnesota Angel Foundation, an organization committed to helping families struggling with cancer diagnoses.Rains dampened the grounds at Blaine’s Town Square Park earlier this summer, still nearly 300 people attended the second annual Bands Against Cancer.
The event featured 13 performances of local groups, cancer awareness education, food, fun and a variety of music.
“The start of this event came from the passing of my father, which laid the foundation of our inspiration to aspire to help others in need,” said Chris Nguyen, a 2013 graduate of Spring Lake Park High School, who spearheaded the fundraiser along with fellow organizer Huda Khatoon, also a 2013 Spring Lake Park High School graduate. Nguyen’s friends also helped organize.
Bands Against Cancer was presented by NguyenDustries, an events promotion entity started by Nguyen.
Nguyen estimates 300 attended this year’s event, about the same number as last year, when the students raised more than $2,200 for the Angel Foundation.
“The goal of Bands Against Cancer is to work with the community, to promote awareness of the financially devastating effects of cancer, and to help those dealing with it – to help one another,” Nguyen said in an email.
Among bands slated for the June 15 fundraiser were: Mother Earth, Oliver Quincy, Morning Person, Harbor and Home and NSN. Students from the high school’s jazz band also performed. Emily Lukens, a 2013 Spring Lake Park graduate, made a guest appearance.
“This year’s event was to focus on the community – to work with it – and share with it our aspiration and acknowledgement as students to difference-making; so that together we can make a great difference,” Nguyen said.
Since 2001 when it was formed, the Minnesota Angel Foundation has provided thousands of dollars in nonmedical emergency financial assistance to families dealing with cancer, according to the foundation’s website.
Nguyen wishes to express his thanks to all who attended Bands Against Cancer as well as those who helped organize the event.
Bands Against Cancer, held in conjunction with District 16’s community education, was sponsored by Blaine Parks and Recreation Department and the Angel Foundation. Minnesota Oncology and Greater Midwest Realty played a key part in funding the event.
NguyenDustries plans on presenting Bands Against Cancer again next year, according to Nguyen.
For more information on the Minnesota Angel Foundation, visit www.mn.angel.org.
For more information about NguyenDustries, visit www.nguyendustries.com.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]