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Cully’s Kids Foundation makes huge impact in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — The Cullen Children’s Foundation recently held their annual Cully’s Kids Celebrity Weekend in Fargo, N.D. Founded by Minnesota Wild veteran Matt Cullen in 2003, the Cullen Children’s Foundation raised over $429,000 during their most recent event, surpassing the goal they set of $400,000. Cully’s Kids helps children in the Fargo-Moorhead region who are batting life-threatening illnesses. Over the past seven years, the foundation has raised over $2.3 million to start an endowment and fund grants for local charities.

Some of this year’s events included a memorabilia auction, the Celebrity Golf Scramble, and the Cully’s Kids Picnic. All funding from the Cullen Children’s foundation goes directly into these grants, as all of the people, save for one employee, are volunteers. Even the one employee’s four month salary is paid through a grant from the foundation, so all money stays in the Fargo, N.D. area.

The Cullen Children’s Foundation was founded in 2003 after a discussion that Matt and his brother Mark had after Mark was diagnosed with a malignant mole on his back. After Matt and his wife took a trip to Italy and met a young child who was battling cancer, they decided that they wanted to set up the foundation to help children in the same situation.

Some of the charities who have received grant money from the Cullen Children’s Foundation include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, MeritCare Foundation, Kamp KACE in Minnesota, and the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo.

It is with great pleasure that The Good In Sports awards Matt Cullen of the Minnesota Wild with a Gold Star for his quest to help battle pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

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