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Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation Tips Off Month-Long WolvesCare Initiative
Minnesota/St. Paul – This February the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation is kicking off WolvesCare Month, presented by Just Born Quality Confections, the makers of PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES® and MIKE AND IKE®, an initiative that focuses on recognizing and supporting some of the Wolves' smallest fans, but those with the biggest hearts: children suffering with terminal or long-term illness or disorders.
The following events will be a part of this year's WolvesCare Month:
Grant Presentations: Feb. 20 and Feb. 22
The FastBreak Foundation awards two $5,000 grants to local nonprofits that have goals and outreach closely aligned with the WolvesCare theme. This month's recipients are Memorial Blood Centers and Blair’s Tree of Hope.
Memorial Blood Centers will be presented with their grant during the Feb. 20 game vs. New York. The organization works to save lives by providing blood, laboratory services and biomedical expertise to area hospitals and blood centers. The grant will be used to expand the center’s Apheresis Angels program, a registry for specially-matched platelet donors, which are vital to fight many types of cancer.
Blair’s Tree of Hope will be the grant recipient during the Feb. 22 game vs. Boston. The organization works to help families of children who have been hospitalized with a life threatening illness due to pediatric Cancer, pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant or pediatric Blood Disorder. The grant will be used to provide things like healthy snacks, books and toiletries to children’s families so they don’t have to leave the hospital, enabling them to spend more time with their ill child. Additionally, funding will provide family friendly movies and games.
Mall of America Takeover – Feb. 5
The FastBreak Foundation and Just Born Quality Confections will host 15 area children who have been diagnosed with long-term illnesses or disorder for a day of fun with Timberwolves players at Mall of America. The children will get the chance to create a new friend at the Build-A-Bear store, enjoy a treat at the PEEPS & COMPANY® and will wrap up the day at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium.
Heroes in the Making – Feb. 6, 8 and 10
During WolvesCare Month, the FastBreak Foundation and Just Born Quality Confections will recognize a "Hero in the Making" at three home games. The Foundation has identified local children battling long-term or terminal illnesses and will share their stories with the Target Center crowd on game nights. These inspirational fans will be treated to a suite for the game and will receive a Timberwolves jersey when they are recognized during an on-court ceremony.
Crunch Book Mobile Visit: Feb. 18
The FastBreak Foundation along with Just Born Quality Confections will host a Crunch Book Mobile visit with 75 students at John A. Johnson Elementary School in St. Paul. The students will get to read a book with Crunch and following the story the children will get to pick out a book to take home from the Book Mobile.
About the FastBreak Foundation
The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation provides and supports hands-on programs that positively impact Minnesota youth. Through giving, education and basketball opportunities, the Foundation enables young people to make responsible decisions, contribute to their futures, and experience lifelong memories. In the past year, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation and the Minnesota Lynx Foundation have combined to impact 2,146 organizations with $842,790 in in-kind donations, 20,000 Tickets for Kids donations, 3,107 volunteer hours, 53 community members honored on-court, and 15 grants distributed. The FastBreak Foundation is supported by the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation.
About Just Born Quality Confections
Just Born, located in Bethlehem, PA, is the 9th largest candy company in the US and is the maker of some of America’s most beloved and iconic brands – PEEPS®, MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES® and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS®. The Just Born Retail Group brings the candy to life in three PEEPS & COMPANY® retail locations, at www.peepsandcompany.com and in regular retailers across the country by creating an array of high-quality branded items such as apparel, plush, accessories and gifts for shoppers of all ages. Visit the PEEPS & COMPANY® online store or one of three retail stores located in Center Valley, PA, National Harbor, MD and the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN for great gifts this holiday season.