The Annual Shiver Elk River, hosted by the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce (ERACC), was recently held. Minnesota School of Business-Elk River was a sponsor of the event and Community Manager Nicole Rasmussen assisted the 5K committee and participated in the events that weekend.
Shiver Elk River, or the Most Fun You’ll Have All Winter, is a fundraising event for the ERACC and other local nonprofits. The event includes hockey, a 5K, food, kid’s games, and an icy plunge in Lake Orono. The event takes place at Orono Park and the Handke Stadium.
This year, Rasmussen learned of a unique opportunity at the event to support one of MSB’s adjunct instructors, David Monroy. Monroy and his family were promoting their “Great Aloha Plunge” and planned to jump in the lake, Hawaiian-style, to support the Three Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF).
TRCF, a component of the Initiative Foundation, is a local organization that raises money to provide grants and scholarships that benefit local nonprofits and high school students in the ISD 728 school district as well as MSB students. Monroy is the new President of TRCF, and he wanted to do something big to support the organization and their efforts.
When Rasmussen learned about David’s plan, she felt it would be a good idea for MSB to support it. Since MSB students are able to earn scholarships from TRCF, Rasmussen wanted to do what she could to give back. The staff and faculty paid to wear jeans for a week and raised over $100, which went toward Monroy’s grand total of $1,300 raised.
Monroy feels that the fundraiser and plunge were a success, and his family is already planning on doing it again next year. For more information about this event, click here. For more information about TRCF, click here.