CHISHOLM — October 29 was a historic day for a popular Chisholm restaurant and a local, cancer-focused nonprofit.
Strong community support led to the record-setting result of Valentini’s Supper Club’s annual Pink Day. Now in its eighth year, the one-day event brought in a total of $54,200 for Angel Fund, the all-volunteer nonprofit that provides financial assistance for northeastern Minnesota residents battling cancer.
“This is beyond anyone’s wildest dreams,” said Kelly Grinsteinner, Angel Fund president. “This event is by far the most raised during an event for Angel Fund. The unrestricted funding means that Angel Fund will undoubtedly be able to provide gifts for all eligible requests of northeastern Minnesota cancer patients in the immediate future.”
Valentini’s co-owners Paul and Cindy Marturano were simply aiming to outdo the $22,000 raised last year during Pink Days during COVID. To say the goal has been achieved is an understatement.
“We were overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone who donated to this year’s event,” said Cindy. “We couldn’t have done this without the support of local businesses, friends and family. Thank you to our amazing staff—without you we couldn’t host such an amazing event.”
More than 120 area business and individuals contributed to the raffles. Funds were raised through a large raffle, a smaller raffle featuring almost 80 baskets, and dinner and drink specials. One area restaurant also kicked in funds for each special meal sold that day, and Hibbing Taconite made a generous donation of $2,500.
“To witness this kind of outpouring and support is a testament to the Valentini’s crew, the Marturanos and to Angel Fund,” said Grinsteinner. “And because of everyone’s big hearts, so many patients in the battle for their health will receive a bit of hope. This event truly reflects how we take care of each other.”
According to Cindy Marturano, of 124 individuals and businesses who donated prizes, all but five were from Chisholm and Hibbing.
“That just shows how much this community supported us,” she said.
And Valentini’s doesn’t plan on stopping there. A women’s bean bag tournament that has traditionally been held on Pink Day had to be rescheduled due to the high volume of raffles. They are planning to host a women’s bean bag tournament this winter to benefit Angel Fund.
While the bar was raised extremely high this year, it will not deter the couple and the crew from organizing the ninth annual Pink Day for October 2022. Cindy said they’re already thinking about next year’s event.
“We are forever indebted to all who made this possible,” added Grinsteinner. “We’re forever thankful and grateful to Paul, Cindy and the entire Valentini’s crew, all who donated and all who attended.”