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Caring Fore Kids

The Burggraf's Ace Hardware Caring Fore Kids Charity Classic is a fundraising event held annually at beautiful Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids, MN. Since its inception in 2014, Caring Fore Kids has raised nearly $1,000,000 to fund projects, programs and equipment that directly expands, develops and enhances care for pediatric patients at Grand Itasca.
Your generous gifts have funded:
  • Infant warmers, fetal monitors and bassinets for our littlest patients
  • Pigg-O-Stat pediatric imaging equipment, which ensures more accurate imaging and reduces the need for repeated x-rays
  • SPOT vision screener to quickly and easily detect vision issues on patients as young as six months
  • Kidzspace Touch2Play interactive gaming system in our waiting rooms
  • New pediatric therapy equipment to challenge and engage kids during their appointments, including:
    • Treadmill
    • Feeding chair
    • Gait trainer
  • Pediatric equipment, tools and supplies for Rapid Clinic
  • Teddy bears and Culver's gift cards for extra brave patients 

Save the date for this year's event! June 13, 2024

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Meet Our All-Stars

This is Bruce, he is one of our Caring Fore Kids All-Stars. Our All-Stars are an inspiring group of young patients who have received ongoing care at Grand Itasca, primarily in our pediatric rehab area. Most of them have complex medical histories that require complicated care coordination involving many specialists.


Our annual Caring Fore Kids event raises funds that directly impact the All-Stars by allowing us to purchase medical equipment and supplies that they rely on.

All-Star Story: Alia Porter

Alia Porter had her first surgery when she was still in utero. Since then, she has had two additional spinal detethering surgeries and has spent a lot of quality time with the therapists at Grand Itasca, learning to walk, bike and more, which her parents didn't know if she would ever be able to do. Her strong will and determination have gotten her through a lot in her short life so far!

All-Star Story: Aden Ugrich

Kate and Josh Ugrich were so excited to learn they were having twins but when the twins needed to be delivered by emergency c-section at 28 weeks, they were scared. After some much-needed love in the NICU, particularly for little Aden, they came home with two miracle babies. Aden has relied on Grand Itasca's rehab therapy teams since he was a newborn. Despite his thrilling arrival into the world, Aden thrives alongside his best friend and side kick, Abel.

All-Star Story: Payeton Landrus

Caring Fore Kids All Star Payeton was born premature with her twin sister. A couple days after she was born, it was discovered that she had a Stage 4 brain bleed. Her parents were told that she may never be able to walk or talk, but Payeton has defied all the odds and is a busy, social butterfly who loves to dance and play soccer, just like her peers.

All-Star Story: Cole Johns

For the last couple years, Caring Fore Kids All Star Cole has been working at Burggraf's Ace Hardware as part of his school's post-graduation transition program but will be starting as a full fledged employee this summer. Hear about his experience with Caring Fore Kids and Burggraf's Ace Hardware!

All-Star Story: Macey Jo Niewind

Macey Jo was born with spina bifida and a hole in her heart. She has endured countless surgeries and procedures, all with a smile on her face. Hear how your generous contributions to Caring Fore Kids has impacted her care in our local community and gotten Macey Jo back to doing all the things she loves. 

All-Star Story: Gavin Waage

Gavin is a heart warrior, hockey player and an original Caring Fore Kids All-Star! Hear from Gavin and his family about the struggles and triumphs he's been through and how your Caring Fore Kids contributions have helped along the way. 


Women's Health & Birth Team

Hear the Grand Itasca Women's Health & Birth team talk about the impact Caring Fore Kids funding has made for our littlest patients and their families on our birthing unit.

The Therapy Team

Hear from Grand Itasca therapists about how your donations to the Caring Fore Kids fund directly impacts their work and enhances the level of care received by their littlest patients.

Celebrating Our 10th Annual Burggraf's Ace Hardware Caring Fore Kids Event

This year's event is a special one, not only is it our 10th anniversary, but the golf event and online silent auction are bigger and better than ever. And most importantly, we cannot wait for you to meet our 18 All Stars pediatric patients, three of whom have been with us since year one!