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4th Annual Burggraf's ACE Hardware Caring Fore Kids Charity Classic

June 7, 2018

In 2014, Steve Burggraf came up with the idea to start the Annual Burggraf’s ACE Hardware Caring Fore Kids Charity Classic. This 9-hole golf scramble raises money to fund equipment and programs that help expand, develop and enhance pediatric care for kids at our own, local Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital.

In our first five years of the event, we have raised over $300,000.

With these funds, Grand Itasca was able to purchase the following:

The seven member pediatric team of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech Therapists have incorporated the following equipment into their program:

  1. Pediatric treatment chair – with fully adjustable supports and padding to aid in proper posture.
  2. Toys with switches – allow the child to make his or her own decisions and to communicate those decisions.
  3. Recumbent bike that can also be pedaled with the arms – builds endurance, strength and coordination.
  4. Pediatric ramp – walking on an incline helps correct toe/foot angle.
  5. Walker – for upright positioning, also ergonomic for the therapist.
  6. Heel squeakers to teach kids to put their feet down to walk properly – the squeak is the reward for doing it right.
  7. Parallel bars sized for a pediatric patient – improves mobility and stability.

In all, a total of about 30-40 kids per month benefit from this new equipment, and the team is already thinking ahead to what they might like to purchase with Caring Fore Kids funds this coming year.

Those interested in golfing, or sponsoring the event on June 1, 2017 can contact Sean Burggraf at 218-326-8594
Those interested in making a contribution can call Kelly Kirwin at 218-999-1009