The Birthday Bash began in 2007 as a chance for families and friends to remember their loved infants lost and celebrate their lives while raising money for research and education in the field of newborn medicine at the University of Minnesota. The first 4 years the event was held at Kieran's Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis. By 2011 it was necessary to move to a bigger space so Grumpy's in Roseville became the new home for the Birthday Bash. A craft beer tasting was added along with a chance to play Minute-To-Win-It for some great prizes. In 2012 the Plinko raffle game and wine toss were added. In 2013 the beer tasting was eliminated and Minute-To-Win-It and Plinko were replaced by Bingo. Carnival games for the kids were added in 2017.
This Event has raised over $32,000 for Ben's fund since it began in 2007
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Ben's Buddies is nonprofit, all-volunteer group who raise money for the Benjamin Walker Hanson Neonatology Fund, part of the Minnesota Medical Foundation. Our mission is to empower and support families and friends who have suffered the loss of a child while raising funds for newborn research & education.
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