Charity Events

Our 9th Annual Minneapolis Police Federation Charities, Inc. Golf Tournament was a great success! Thanks to all who participated!

Our 9th Annual Minneapolis Police Federation Charities, Inc. Golf Tournament was a huge success! Thanks to the generous sponsors and the golfers who played this year, we were able to reach a record in raising over $10,000 for our charity.

We would like to thank all of the organizations who either donated prizes or sponsored a hole at our 9th Annual Minneapolis Police Federation Charities, Inc. Golf Tournament. Without their support, our tournament would not have been such a success. We appreciate the support and look forward to next year’s golf tournament!


Children’s Hospital Event

After a successful luncheon October 10th at the Children’s Hospital, the Minneapolis Police Federation Charities, Inc. held another event. This time, they brought some holiday cheer to the patients, their families, and the staff at the hospital.
 
On December 18th, from 11:30 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon, 10 police officers and members of the Minneapolis Police Federation visited the Children’s Hospital for lunch and a carnival.
 
The officers and Federation members served a tasty lunch of Captain Ken’s chili and Famous Dave’s cornbread, along with all of the fixings, to about 200 adults and children at the hospital.
 
In addition to lunch, there was a carnival held for the patients, which included games and crafts. There was even a special appearance by Santa, who stopped by from the North Pole to take pictures with the kids!
 
The event was enjoyed by all and the Minneapolis Police Federation hopes to hold more events like it in the future!
 
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October Children’s Hospital Event



The police officers of Minneapolis spend their days (or nights!) giving back by serving the city and keeping residents safe. But that isn’t enough.

In 2003 the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation formed its own philanthropic organization, called Minneapolis Police Federation Charities, Inc., which works hard to support charitable organizations and causes in the Twin Cities and strengthen relationships between Minneapolis police officers, the Federation, and the communities they serve.  The officers have done everything from raffles to selling limited edition police motorcycles and commemorative pistols. And on October 10, 2013, they held a unique event, different than anything they’ve done before.

On that day, the officers headed to Children’s Hospital where they participated in a luncheon and open house from 11 AM to 2 PM.

For the luncheon, police officers grilled up hamburgers and hotdogs and served them to the children in the hospital as well as their families and staff of the hospital, and even members of the community who came out to support the event. A mother of one of the officers even popped some popcorn as an additional treat.

Thirty police officers participated in the event, and some of their family members came to help out too. Officers from a variety of areas brought along equipment for participants to look at, touch, and take pictures with. Participants were able to see gear from units like the SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Park Police Motorcycle Unit, Horse Patrol, K9, Crime Lab, and 3rd Precinct Patrol.

Another fun aspect of the day included children who were unable to come down and participate in the luncheon. Both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s Hospital campuses aired a live broadcast with the officers, which was a question and answer session. The show was hosted by “The Dude” who interviewed the officers with questions from the kids and tried out their equipment.

Officer Dan Ungurian, Director of the Minneapolis Police Federation, believes it was truly an honor for the Police Federation Charities to give back and to build positive relationships with organizations like the Children’s Hospital in the community. He also says the response from the participants was “phenomenal” and the Federation is looking to plan future events in the community.

One of the biggest highlights for the officers was putting a smile on the faces of the patients and their families as they were able to actually touch the horses, the K9s, the bomb robot, police motorcycle, SWAT equipment, and crime lab. One patient who had already been released from the hospital even came back for the event!


2012 Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb

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On February 4th the Minneapolis Police team took to the IDS steps once again to
compete in the annual IDS stair climb for Cystic Fibrosis. With many of the Minneapolis
Fire Fighter climbers in Florida, the competition was wide open for a new champion this
year. Team MPD was made up of 21 members of the MPD and 15 civilians who also
climbed and helped us raise money.

A $500 check for Cystic Fibrosis from the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis and
a $5,000 check from the Ciresi Law Firm, along with other contributions from our team
members, helped raise approximately $9,500 for Cystic Fibrosis! MPD took first place in
the fundraising and 7th place on the stairs.

Saint Paul Fire took first place on the stairs knocking Minneapolis Fire out of the #1
position for the first time in 7 years.

About half way up the stairs I passed K9 Officer Dan Ungurian carrying Officer Sherral
Schmidt’s daughter, Maddie, up the stairs as an extra challenge for the climb!

List of participating departments

Burnsville Police
Eden Prairie Fire Department
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
Homeland Security Investigations
Lakeville Fire
Minneapolis Fire Department
Minneapolis Police Department
Minnesota State Patrol
Ramsey Co Sheriff’s Office
Saint Paul Fire/KSTP
Saint Paul Police Department

The 2013 climb will be the first Saturday in February and we’ll need a strong showing of
MPD officers to knock Saint Paul Fire out of 1st place. If you know of another team of
cops or firefighters from a different department who would like to form their own team
have them contact me by e-mail.

Officer Michael Kirchen