Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast Celebration

Friends, family, distinguished guests and visitors participated in the 23rd Annual Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast at the Bloomington Sherton Hotel on Nov. 20th, 2007. Photo: MN National Guard

Today Sons of Norway announced the Silver Anniversary of Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast (NATB). This year’s celebration will take place Nov. 24 in Bloomington, Minn.

Originally founded to help the Nordic community celebrate its common values and shared heritage, the mission today also offers thanks for the privileges of freedom, faith, family and friends. In the spirit of the day, WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro, Gustavus Adolphus President Jack Ohle and Tysvar CEO Lois Quam, respectively, will relate personal experiences on these topics.

Not only does the Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast bring together people of Nordic heritage, but it gives them an opportunity to offer thanks for the privileges of freedom, faith, family and friends. Furthermore, it gives guests an opportunity to give back to the community by supporting two local non-profits.

This year’s beneficiaries are: Marie Sandvik Center and Minnesota Military Family Foundation. The first, Marie Sandvik Center, founded in 1940, is a private, non-profit  that provides material and spiritual needs to the inner-city poor, and we specifically support its “New Shoes for School” program. The second, Minnesota Military Family Foundation, is a non-profit, that provides loans or grants during time of extraordinary financial hardship to the spouses and children of deployed Minnesota military personnel.

This year’s celebration takes place November 24, 2009, in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Bloomington, which is located at 7800 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, Minnesota. Seating begins at 6:45 a.m., and the program commences at 7:00 a.m. Tickets are $18 per person or $180 per 10-person reserved table. Students are $14 per person. Reservations are required and are made available through Sons of Norway by contacting Nichole Neuman at (612) 821-4697. Ticket reservation deadline is November 17.

To learn more about these two charities you can visit them on the web at: Mariesandvikcenter.org and Minnesotamilitaryfamilyfoundation.org

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