In December 2002, nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas, terminally ill with bone cancer, withdrew the entire $6,000 from his savings account and put it in envelopes for the kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital. After giving away all of his money, Mitch made a pinky swear promise with his dad to always help children with cancer and their families after he was gone. Mitch passed away on April 11, 2003, and shortly afterwards, the Pinky Swear Foundation was established by Mitch’s parents, to honor the Pinky Swear Mitch made with his dad. To date, over $11 million has been raised to support brave kids battling cancer.
The community is what started the charity. It all began with Chivers doing RAKs: Random Acts of Kindness. Today Chive Minnesota, a Bona Fide chapter of Chive Nation, which partners with chapters from all around the globe to raise money for various charities and causes, raises millions for rare illnesses and those in need. Read Here a few dozen of the most tear-jerking, incredible stories about how Chive Minnesota has changed the lives of those in need. The best part is, it doesn't stop there (read "The Community"). SOX2 Amophthalmia Syndrome, Wegener’s Granulomatosis, Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS), Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Transverse Myelitis, Neurosarcoidosis, CDKL5, and many more. These rare disorders and conditions detriment those who have them in serious ways. Chive Minnesota saw the ability to provide awareness and support, and acted to truly improve their lives for the better.
100% of the profits for Cheers for Charity support local charities, including Pinky Swear and Chive Minnesota. No paid staff, Rotarians volunteer their time and talent. Your favorite breweries supply the beer.
Our Charities & Community Activities
- Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
- Bloomington Education Foundation
- Good in the Hood
- Greater TC Youth Symphony
- Loaves & Fishes
- Meals on Wheels
- Normandale College
- Pack to School
- VEAP and Student Hunger
- Reading to Children