Hy-Vee and Ronald McDonald House

The Rochester Hy-Vee stores hosted a wish list drive on behalf of Ronald McDonald House on the weekend of September 16, 2017.

On Saturday and Sunday, Ronald McDonald House volunteers greeted customers at the store entrances, handed out wish lists and collected items.

Marit Williams, Communications Director for Ronald McDonald House of Rochester said, “Because of Hy-Vee’s wish list drive, we were able to successfully fill the shelves of our food pantry. Thank you to everyone in the local community who donated an item, a shopping bag of donations or a cart-full of food to our families. Collectively they all added up and will make our families’ lives a little easier this fall. Thank you Hy-Vee for your partnership and ongoing commitment to local non-profits!”   

Touch A Truck at 37th Street Hy-Vee

In honor of Patriot Day on Monday, September 11, the Rochester North Hy-Vee hosted a Touch-a-Truck and More event at the store. The event began at 4 p.m. when Mayo One landed in the parking lot, and the event provided a chance for kids to get up close with the helicopter as well as other big trucks, go-carts and public safety vehicles. Hot dogs and hamburgers were available for purchase, and free meals from the grill were offered to police officers, firefighters, EMT personnel, military members and veterans. A local celebrity dunk tank will also a big hit, featuring local celebrities such as MN97.5 radio host Cash, KAAL-ABC6 News anchor Karsen Forsman, Fire Battalion Chief Eric Kerska, Olmsted County Captain Scott Behrns and Hy-Vee store director Chad Thacker. Event proceeds benefitted the Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation of Southeast Minnesota.  Foundation board members accepted a check for $510.76 on September 18th at the store.

Pet Party!

The 37th Street Hy-Vee hosted a Pet Party at the store on Tuesday, August 29.  The nearly 300 attendees and their furry friends enjoyed a picnic and participated in a host of pet-friendly activities, including the opportunity to create a paw print canvas keepsake.  Hot dogs and hamburgers were available for purchase, with a portion of the food sales benefiting the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation.   In addition to the picnic, there was a pet parade, where Roo Yori – K9 Ninja and Rochester native – served as the celebrity judge, and the top three contestants walked away with prizes. Safe Haven Pet Rescue, BACB Unleashed, Rochester Animal Control, Olmsted County K-9, Small Dog Rescue of MN and Camp Companion were all on hand for the evening. 

Click HERE for KTTC’s coverage of the event.

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Hy-Vee Supports Join the Journey with Event and Donation

The West Circle Drive Hy-Vee hosted a wine & cheese fundraising event to benefit Join the Journey on Thursday, August 10.  The event gathered 34 attendees and featured over 20 samples.

With the support of our local wine and cheese vendors who donated all products sampled during the event, Hy-Vee presented a donation of $500 to Join the Journey on Wednesday, August 16.  Alyssa Griffith, Operations Manager, accepted the check on behalf of Join the Journey.

Join the Journey is dedicated to promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.  Join the Journey was founded in 2005. Effie Psimos and Patty Allen, breast cancer survivors, and close friend Margie Loprinzi, came together with the hope of raising awareness of breast cancer in Rochester, Minnesota.  Before long, Join the Journey had its first Ten-Mile Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.  The community response was tremendous, and participation grows each year. In 2016, nearly 1,000 people participated!

Join the Journey has evolved into an established non-profit community organization, which supports programs and projects that uphold its mission of promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.

Thank you to the following vendors who generously donated products for this event:

Carr Valley Cheese
Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese
Widmer’s Cheese Cellar
Hook’s Cheese
Caves of Faribault
Deer Creek Specialty Cheese
Artigiano Cheeses

Wine Merchants
Grape Beginnings
Grandma’s Gourmet’s

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“I Tried It!”

Rochester Hy-Vee dietitians Kathy, Kayley and Sara took part in the School Age Child Care (SACC) “I Tried It” event at three different elementary schools on July 31.  Each dietitian was assigned to a Rochester elementary school: Ben Franklin, Sunset Terrace and Gage.  Each of the schools included approximately 250 students. 

During this presentation children used their five senses to learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables. After learning about the produce, they had the opportunity to try each one to see how they taste.  Each dietitian brought rainbow baby carrots, cauliflower, jicama, pomegranate seeds and mango.  Students were encouraged to try a new fruit or vegetable and received an “I Tried It” sticker. 

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