2020 Million Dollar Day for Scouting Success
Community Members, volunteers, and guests flocked to their computers to attend the 2020 Million Dollar Day for Scouting – three virtual events in a 25-hour period designed to raise $1 million for youth in Scouting and launch the 2021 Friends of Scouting Campaign. Participants saw a snapshot of Scouting's influence as heard from current Scouts and made their 2021 contributions. This year by the end of the events over $1 Million had been raised for local Scouting!
We had a terrific keynote speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Chipman, Frank B. Cerra Professor of Critical Care Surgery; Division Head, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, University of Minnesota; and Executive Medical Director, Critical Care Domain, M Health Fairview. He shared stories about how Scouting taught him to do his best and to lead during a global pandemic, and they were inspiring.
Other highlights were the presentation of the Scoutmaster of Philanthropy Award to Darrell Butterwick at the St. Paul event and to Wes Laseski at the Ft. Snelling event; Life Scout Nikolas Liepins of Troop 9045 acting as emcee; and a personal testimonial by Tenderfoot Scout Oswaldo Morales of Troop 9009 about how Scouting impacted his life this year during quarantine through camping with his friends at summer camp.
Thank you to all our table hosts and attendees for making this year's event a huge success, and for ensuring Scouting is possible for all youth!