Monday night, members of the Minnesota Vikings gathered at the Mall of America for team’s annual fundraiser, ‘Taste of the Vikings.’
This marked the third year for the fundraiser, as the Vikings partner with Second Harvest Heartland, which helps provide meals to children while they are out of school in the summer.
Monday’s event was attended by 1,200 people and is intended to raise money for the ‘Vikings Children’s Fund Summer Lunch Program.’
Jeff Anderson, the team’s director of corporate communications, had this to say about the event:
“This is the main driver of our summer lunch program. Over the last three summers, we’ve served over 2.5 million meals to underserved children in the Twin Cities. So this goes a long way in providing funds for that program.”
Vikings players in attendance included: Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder, Kyle Rudolph, Toby Gerhart, Everson Griffen and Phil Loadholt, to name a few.
“This is my favorite event to go that we put on,” Gerhart said. “It’s really special, we get a chance to interact with the fans, and at the same time we’re serving food for a very good cause. It’s just a blast – it’s a good event.”
It’s truly great to see the team involved with giving back to the community, especially when it involves serving food to those in need. Professional athletes are in a position to help, and the Vikings’ players are stepping up to do their part.
The great thing is that knowing what I know about some of the players in attendance, it’s likely they actually enjoyed attending the event, and are not just going through the motions to do their part.
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