Men's Event

United Way Men's Event

Thursday, March 5, 2020
5 - 9 pm
Kato Ballroom

Featuring Veteran & Motivational Speaker John Kriesel 

Join us for fun night of games, meat raffle, silent auction, prizes and local food & beverages! $65 per ticket; $500 for table of 8. All game play and food/drink samples included in ticket price. Cash bar.

 New this year: Wing-Eating Contest!

Sign up for your chance to participate in the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Challenge at Men's Event, March 5, 2020. Free contest entry. Limited space. First come first serve. Winner will receive $100 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings. Prizes provided by Buffalo Wild Wings

Volunteers Needed

Join in the fun by volunteering to help make this great event a success! All volunteers welcome. 

Tentative Schedule

This is a casual, come-and-go event

5:00 PM: Doors open for games, food/drink samples, silent auction, raffles, meat raffle. Cash bar.
6 - 6:30 PM: Featured speaker John Kriesel.
6:30 PM: Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Challenge: Wing-Eating Contest!
8:00 PM: Raffle drawings.
8:30 PM: Games close/tiebreakers; game prizes.

About John Kriesel:

We are excited to welcome John Kriesel, a decorated Minnesota veteran, sports radio personality, former legislator and acclaimed motivational speaker, as our featured speaker. In 2006, John was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, losing both legs. He will share how having perseverance, a support system, sense of humor and positive outlook has helped him overcome adversity and made him stronger than ever. You won't want to miss John's incredible story. 

Click here to learn more about John Kriesel.

2020 Presenting Sponsor: 


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In-Kind Donors:

  • AmeriPride
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • C&N Sales
  • Cub Foods
  • Curt Pemble
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • KEYC News Now
  • Locher Bros.
  • Phil Slingsby
  • Radio Mankato
  • Red Lobster
  • Scheels
  • SignPro
  • Spinners Bar & Grill
  • SPX Sports

Live Auction:

Backyard BBQ for 20: Enjoy authentic southern BBQ in your backyard or location of your choice. You'll enjoy barbecued smoked chicken and ribs, desserts and much more!
Whether you invite family, friends or business, this is an unforgettable way to bring people together with delicious food.
Donated by Rod Mitchell.


Raffle and Silent Auction Prizes:

This list is being updated.

  • Memorabilia by Total Sports
  • Half a processed pig donated by James' On-Site Butchering with 75-quart Scheels cooler donated by Phil Slingsby
  • (4) Minnesota Wild tickets, (1) Parking Pass in Smith Ramp -- Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas Golden Knights Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 7 PM
    (Section 125 l Row 19 l Seat 1-4) donated by Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Signed print by Les C. Kouba donated by Bob Goetzke
  • Costa sunglasses donated by Carlson Tillisch
  • Dinner & Show for 2 donated by Chanhassen Dinner Theater
  • Bourbon and tasting tickets donated by Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
  • Minnesota Twins tickets (4) donated by Chris Willaert Farmers Insurance
  • 1 Year Free VIP Membership donated by Fitness for $10
  • Reserved tickets to Harlem Globetrotters donated by City of Mankato - Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center
  • Reserved tickets to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band donated by City of Mankato - Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center
  • Lululemon ABC men’s tech pant + 1 Mizzen & Main tech button-up donated by J. Longs
  • Michael Kors suit + shirt + tie donated by J. Longs
  • Helix 7 Chirp Mega DI GPS G3N fish finder donated by Johnson Outdoors
  • Passes donated by Lake Crystal Area Rec Center
  • Package donated by Mankato Brewery
  • 1 Year YMCA Family Membership (must be purchased by non-member) donated by Mankato Family YMCA
  • 18-hole green fees (4) with 2 carts donated by Mankato Golf Club
  • Minnesota Twins tickets (4) -- Sunday, June 7 vs. Los Angeles Angels @ 1:10PM in Delta Sky360 Club donated by Mankato Motors
  • Ticket package donated by Mankato MoonDogs
  • Curling package donated by Mapleton Curling
  • Basket donated by Monarch Healthcare Management
  • Green fees (4) donated by New Ulm Country Club
  • Basket donated by Pepsi
  • 3 lb pulled pork; 2 lb pulled turkey; 2 lb sloppy joes donated by Pub 500
  • Certificate for Full Meals To Go donated by Pub 500
  • Mall of America tickets donated by Radio Mankato
  • Gift cards donated by Schmidt's Meat Market 
  • Hand-burned leather gloves donated by Tom Murray
  • Gift certificate for Platinum Member Experience donated by Top Golf
  • Snow blower donated by True Value: 24" Sno-Thro 2, Sno-Tek Engine, 9.5'/LB, 120V Electric Start, 24" Clearing Width & 20" Intake Height, 6 Forward Speeds/2 Reverse Speeds, 11" Steel Augers, 12 3" Blade Impeller, 205 Degree Quick Turn Polymer Chute With Remote Deflector, Heavy Duty Aluminum Gear Case, 13"x 4"W Polar Track Tires With Pin-Lock Axle, Reversible Steel Skid Shoes, Uses Standard Outdoor Extension Cord 
  • Minnesota wine rack, Vikings & Twins coasters and wine donated by Vetter Stone
  • Platinum Birthday Party Package donated by the Wow!Zone
  • Minnesota Wild tickets (4): 4 Club Level tickets & parking pass for home game March 28, 2020 vs Buffalo Sabers donated by Xcel Energy


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Join us for 2020 Men's Event (video by KEYC Mankato):