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The 2016 Federated Challenge® Raises $2.6 Million for Big Brothers Big Sisters®

More than 50 outstanding businesses and hundreds of philanthropic private citizens gathered at The Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, for the twelfth annual Federated Challenge® for Kids of Minnesota. Inspired by the power of youth mentoring, the group raised more than $2.6 million. One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to Minnesota’s three Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies and the Federated Challenge Scholarship Fund, which provides up to $5,000 per year to qualified Littles and High School-aged Bigs who are enrolled in a non-four-year program at a trade or technical school or community college that focuses on an apprenticeship, certificate, or degree.

The 2016 Federated Challenge featured a super hero-themed gala and auction, as well as performances from Minnesota native and star of NBC’s The Voice, Nicholas David. The crowd was moved throughout the night by stories shared by keynote speakers who have been impacted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Frank Harrison, of Holborn Corporation, was honored during the evening for his longstanding support of the Federated Challenge, young athletes, and youth mentoring. On Monday, August 8, Federated Challenge attendees reconvened for a round of golf at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota.

“Supporters of the 2016 Federated Challenge are true heroes to kids facing adversity. Once again, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of attendees. This event is successful because of the leadership of our corporate sponsors, including Wells Fargo, Sit Investment Associates, Holborn Corporation, The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Cigna, Rosen’s Diversified, Inc., Hartford Steam Boiler Company, Munich Re, and many others,” Federated Challenge Co-Chair Jeff Fetters said. “Minnesota’s future is brighter than ever before because these tremendous businesses continue to support youth mentoring programs.

The Federated Challenge was founded in 2004 as a two-day fund-raising event hosted by Federated Insurance, a commercial insurance company headquartered in Owatonna, Minnesota. Now in its 12th year, this event has raised nearly $25 million for youth mentoring programs.

Federated Challenge Co-Chairs Jeff and Marty Fetters present Minnesota’s three Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies with a check for $2.6 million. From left to right: Marty Fetters, Jackie Scholl Johnson, Michelle Redman, Michael Goar, and Jeff Fetters.