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A friendly battle between businesses: to end Alzheimer’s

By Rebecca Mariscal
Staff Writer
Professional Insurance Providers and Glencoe’s First Minnesota Bank will be adding some sweet competition to their fundraising efforts for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The two local businesses are competing to see which can raise the most money for the event in Minneapolis. And losing will come at a high price: a pie to the face.
“It’s just a friendly competition,” Professional Insurance Providers’ Terry Jones said. “Ben (Beckman) and I thought it’d just be a fun local challenge.”
“It keeps it interesting,” added Beckman, director of the Glencoe branch of First Minnesota Bank.
Total donations from each team will be added up about a week before the walk, and then:
“The losing team gets the pie,” Jones said.
Though First Minnesota Bank’s Kim Hahn and Professional Insurance Providers’ Jennie Baker are less than thrilled at the possibility of a face full of pie, Jones seemed comfortable with the possibility.
“If it happens, it happens,” he said. “You got to have some fun with this.”
Professional Insurance Providers has set its goal for $5,000 and all the branches of First Minnesota Bank have a combined goal of $35,000. Jones specified the competition is between the Glencoe branch only.
The fundraising efforts will culminate in the walk itself, a one or three mile jaunt at Target Field in Minneapolis. Every dollar raised goes to the Alzheimer’s Association for care, support and research.
This is the second year that both First Minnesota Bank and Professional Insurance Providers have been involved.
Beckman said First Minnesota Bank began participating because the owner Lowell Wakefield felt it was a cause that impacted his employees and a place where employees could have an impact.
“There’s quite a few employees in the bank that have been dealing with parents, grandparents with Alzheimers or dementia,” Beckman said. “It’s something that all the employees could do and get behind.”
Jones said Professional Insurance Providers was first inspired by First Minnesota Bank’s involvement. He said Alzheimer’s is an issue that does not see a lot of funding in the area.
“Out here locally you do not see fundraisers for Alzheimer’s going on at all,” he said. “But there’s a good cause and funds need to be raised for it.”

For more, see the June 15 print edition of The Chronicle.