Out of nearly 100 nonprofit groups, seven Upper Midwest nonprofit organizations were selected as finalists for the first “All-Star Fans Choose” grant, which is worth $500,000.
A panel of judges, made up of representatives from the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball, determined the final seven organizations based on their impact on community, scope, timeline, environmental impact, sustainable design and quality of application.
“This is the first time a charity project of this nature has been done in conjunction with the All-Star Game and it’s truly unique to put this decision in the fans’ hands,” Bryan Davidson, executive director of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, said in a statement Tuesday.
The finalists are:
Camp Fire Minnesota—Chanhassen, Minnesota http://www.campfireusa-mn.org/
Channel One Regional Food Bank—Rochester, Minnesota http://www.channel-one.org/
Cookie Cart—Minneapolis, Minnesota http://cookiecart.org/
Hmong American Farmers Association—Vermillion, Minnesota http://www.hmongfarmers.com/
Madison Claire Foundation—Woodbury, Minnesota http://madisonclairefoundation.org/
Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge—St. Michael, Minnesota http://www.mntc.org/
People Serving People—Minneapolis, Minnesota http://peopleservingpeople.org/
Voting is open from now until Thursday, July 10 with the winning non-profit being announced during MLB All-Star Week in July. Fans can vote here: https://secure.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2014/fanfest/fanfest_fanschoose.jsp