CHISHOLM — Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) announced that it has received $25,000 from an anonymous Iron Range resident for the Go Redhead crowdfunding campaign. The philanthropic gift is the largest individual donation MDC has received since becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2010.
Go Redhead is administered by MDC to raise a portion of the funds needed for a phase 2 expansion of Redhead Mountain Bike Park in Chisholm. The donation will be used to match all public donations made to the Go Redhead campaign up to $25,000 to help hit the $100,000 campaign goal.
“It’s difficult to put into words how humbled our team is by the generosity of this donor,” said MDC Executive Director Donna Johnson. “This donation symbolizes healthy and vibrant communities and access to the historic landscapes and rich history that embody Redhead and the Minnesota Discovery Center. The funding will go a long way in helping Redhead reach its full potential as a world-class recreation destination free and open to the public.”
The Go Redhead fundraiser launched on September 3 and has raised more than $15,500 toward the $100,000 goal prior to receiving this donation. Phase 2 expansion project costs are approximately $1.9 million and would include up to 14 more miles, wider trails for adaptive cycling and competitive racing, a pump track and skills course, and enhanced user amenities. MDC plans to raise the remainder of the funds needed through public and private partnerships, grant writing, and sponsorships.
“This is an important project economically and recreationally,” said the donor. “It is amazing to have this in our back yard and yet it is free to be enjoyed by all. You literally can bike, hike, and paddle through Iron Range history. We will keep working together to make this Redhead trail even better, and I hope that this donation inspires others to support this worthy project.”
The $25,000 donation will be matched by the MDC thanks to an Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation grant, bringing the total nominal value to $50,000. Of that total, $25,000 will directly support the Go Redhead phase 2 expansion project, and $25,000 will support MDC’s work to preserve and promote Iron Range history for future generations.