Riding for education; Legion riders raise money for legacy funds
Published 10:41 am Monday, August 3, 2015
Rolling down the highway, looking for dollars, American Legion volunteers arrived in Austin Saturday afternoon to collect donations for the Minnesota American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Steve Sullivan, Legacy Run chairman, said Saturday.
More than 20 riders stopped in Austin during a three-day ride through southern Minnesota to raise money for the scholarship, which benefits students whose mother or father died in service while on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.
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Minnesota’s American Legion donated more than $87,000 last year to the national fund, which was the highest amount raised by any state. Sullivan, who likes a little competition, said this year the group wants to raise more than $100,000.
“It makes it feel like they’re gunning for us, which is good,” he said with a laugh.
As of Saturday afternoon, the group had raised $31,509 a day and a half into their run.
The volunteer-driven crew traveled to Preston and Rushford on Saturday, followed by Stewartville, Northfield and back to Savage, where the run started, on Sunday. The group will ride through northern Minnesota next weekend.
The Minnesota branch of the American Legion will continue to take donations until the American Legion National Convention, held this year in Baltimore, Maryland from Aug. 28 to Sept. 3. Residents can donate to the effort at their local American Legion or make checks payable to the Minnesota American Legion Legacy Fund.