18th Minnesota Hope & Hearts Run/Walk!
Welcome to the 2023 Hope & Hearts Event Site!
Our event was on September 24th, 2023 and we had a beautiful sunny day and great turn out! Thanks to everyone who came out to walk, run, volunteer, sponsor and donate supplies and materials for our event's success. It was a special day to remember our babies in heaven and to raise funds for Missing GRACE Foundation!
Here's a bit of history and info about Hope & Hearts!
This is a memorial event and fundraiser for Missing GRACE Foundation. Families who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss participate in this event to honor the memory of their precious babies and help raise awareness by sharing the story of their baby/child in heaven on their Team Page. By sharing the link to their page with their contacts, they not only help raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss but also help to raise funds when their friends and family donate to reach their team goal in support of the mission of Missing GRACE Foundation.
With your help, this annual fundraiser raises the funds needed for the Foundation to provide free support and resources for bereaved, infertile, and adoptive families in Minnesota and across the nation!!
Thank you for joining us on our special day!
Together through this event we are...
“Remembering & Saving Lives of Babies.”
Give Families Hope!
About the Organization
Missing GRACE Foundation’s mission is to provide support, resources and education for families and professional care providers when there is loss of a baby, infertility or adoption challenges. We offer hope and healing opportunities to G.R.A.C.E. – Grieve, Restore, Arise, Commemorate and Educate.
Missing GRACE Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit public charity and the EIN is 56-2593479
For more info visit www.MissingGRACE.org
Help us raise awareness!
Missing GRACE Foundation is here to provide grief support, to give families hope and to help save lives of babies through education and by empowering couples with the tools needed to bring their babies safely into this world. We need your help to be a voice and beacon of hope for others in your communities about these important issues. We come together to say the lives of our babies matter, we miss them and we will always remember them. We know that together with loving family and friends, the grief journey is bearable and we can grow strong and thrive step by step. We walk and run as a way to say, "We acknowledge how hard it is to continue on but we are with you every step of the way." We wear the names of all these babies on our shirts and we say their names aloud because this is a way to heal and to continue their legacy that they didn't get a chance to create for themselves.
You can help by wearing your Hope & Hearts Memorial Shirt. Not just on event day but also at work, around town, and while traveling. When asked about your shirt, that's a geat opportunity to shed some light to our mission.
You can raise awareness by leaving a remembrance rock. Before you join us to walk or run, you can paint a rock with your baby's name, birth date and/or a baby loss awareness message on a flat rock to leave in a special place where someone will find it.
Another great way to help raise awareness is with a "Steps for Hope Sign" or a "Rainbow Baby Sign"! You can purchase as many signs as you want and they will be on display at the MN Hope & Hearts Run/Walk Event or mailed to you so you can display it in your community. You can have them printed with educational messages, messages of hope and it can be used as a memorial for your baby or children in heaven.
We look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual Minnesota Hope & Hearts event on Sunday, September 24th, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Standard Time.
The event will be held at the Maple Grove Town Green Plaza and Bandshell: 7991 Main St N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Anyone can participate by joining us on location at the event or virtually online.
THE EVENT SCHEDULE –
12:00 PM (CST)
* Pre-registered check-in and on-site registration
* HeART Work memorial craft station
* T-shirt personalization station
* Refreshment station
* Music at the bandshell
* Crazy hair and face painting
* Team photos
* Missing GRACE Foundation info table
12:30 PM Opening Prayer & Announcements
1:00 PM Run
1:45 PM Walk
2:45 PM Kids' Fun Dash
3:00 PM Awards and Commemoration Ceremony (the name of each baby/child being remembered will be read from the stage and it will be livestreamed on Facebook.
4:00 PM Event Ends
Important Registration Information
Honor the life of your baby(ies) or a loved one's baby(ies) in heaven by joining us to walk or run at our event, and by creating a personal and team page to share their story. When you share their story you help to raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss.
After you create your personal and team page, invite others to register to walk or run with you and to join your team. Invite them to share the link to your team page and encourage your friends and family to help you reach your team fundraising goal together.
If you haven't ever created a team page to help fundraise and raise awareness, rest assured, it's easy to do and will just take about 5 to 10 minutes to set up your page depending on how much you put into it.
Your page gives you a place to let others know about the baby you will always remember and hold in your heart. Share your story and enlist the support of your friends and family.
Your user account has video tutorials to help you with your page and there's also great customer support. There are also email templates you can use to help you reach out to your friends and family. Your account can link to your social media accounts if you would like it to. You can add photos and video to your personal and team page!
Simply register as a fundraiser to receive a free user account where you can personalize your personal and team page with your story and share the link to your page. You will have full access to modify and update your pages as often as you would like to.
Eligible registrations that are completed by the cutoff date of August 24th, receive one event T-shirt. If you want your baby(ies) names included on the event T-shirt, you must include their name(s) in the online registration process or while placing an order for additional T-shirts in the store on this site.
After the 24th of August, a limited amount of t-shirts may be available for purchase at the event (first come, first serve).
$35.00 (13 & older)
Pre-reg by Aug. 24th to receive T-shirt
$40.00 onsite – No T-shirt
$35.00 (13 & older)
Pre-reg by Aug. 24th to receive T-shirt
$40.00 onsite – No T-shirt
MEMORIAL WALK - CHILD
$5.00 with registered adult (12 & younger)
KIDS' FUN DASH AND MEMORIAL WALK
$15.00 (12 & younger)
Pre-reg by Aug. 24th for T-shirt
$20.00 onsite – No T-shirt
MEMORIAL WALK PARTICIPANT – NO SHIRT
$25.00 (13 & older)
Packet mailed with shirt, memorial craft, poem & race bib.
$35.00 (plus shipping fees)
Hope & Hearts Slide Show
Leaderboard: Top Team Pages
- 1 Team Grace & Promise $2,765.20 raised
- 2 Team Abigail $1,224.30 raised
- 3 Land Of Kanaan $861.20 raised
- 4 Team Leo Charles Borman $606.70 raised
- 5 Alby Wren $465.00 raised
- 6 Team Cora $410.70 raised
- 7 Knox Henley $398.42 raised
- 8 Jordan’s Journey $343.90 raised
- 9 Team Theo $337.40 raised
- 10 Team Alexander $255.00 raised
- 11 Team Hope $200.10 raised
- 12 Team NP $70.00 raised
Awards & Prizes
* 1st Place Team Fundraiser
* 2nd Place Team Fundraiser
* 3rd Place Team Fundraiser
* Youngest Top Fundraiser
* Top Male Finisher
* Top Female Finisher
*Top Team Fundraiser winners are determined by the totals listed on the Leaderboard on this site on Friday, September 22nd at 11:00PM (CST). Both online and offline totals that the Team Captain has entered on their page are honored. Each of the top 3 teams will be honored at the Center for GRACE on our Hope & Hearts plaque with their team name and photo and the Team Captain for each of the top 3 teams, along with the youngest youth fundraiser, will receive personalized awards.
Youth 17 and younger must register with Missing GRACE by calling 763-497-0709 ext. 1 to notify us of your intent to fundraise and have a parent or guardian help to set up their fundraising page here on QGiv in order to qualify for the prizes.
When you donate to sponsor a Team or Individual that is walking or running at a Hope & Hearts event, you help Missing GRACE Foundation in continuing to fulfill its mission to serve grieving, infertile and adoptive families in need of support and resources.