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2023 Nickel Open Fund Activity Summary

February 12, 2024

Besides our planned couple events, we did a lot more Community Outreach Activities. We got involved in all the Jordan HS sports and held 3 separate Green Out Events (Fall, Winter & Spring). We timed these events around Suicide Prevention Week and May Mental Health Month. At these home games, we emphasized Awareness to Mental Health by providing Green; Socks, Spirit towels, T-shirts, Shoelaces, Swag, Stickers, etc. plus read messages during games as to why we were there and the significance of wearing green. A couple times we had other local resources present (NOF-NAMI Mental Health, Duck Cup Memorial, Scott County Mental Health, Christian Family Solutions, Prairie-Care, Melrose Center, Emily Program and Jordan Public Schools) to help bring this awareness.

At our Feb Themed Soulshine/NOF Bag Tournament Fundraiser we announced are participation in the Mark Parrish Family Fund with a check for $10k towards 1st ever Emergency Room beds for Mental Health patients at Fairview Medical Hospital.

In the Spring, the NOF donated $2k to Jordan Dollars for Scholars for graduating Jordan HS Seniors scholarships.

At our Themed summer Golf Tournament/Banquet fundraiser - Crocodile Dundee Down Under Style we had Wine Tasting from Rodney Strong from Napa Valley, Lemonade Stand, Hit with the Pro plus several personal testimonials shared including live and recorded (Mark Parrish, Amanda Smeins, Mary Krant from Dave's Compass of Hope, David Will auctioneer, NAMI-MN rep, guest speaker Eddy Eisenberg from Chicago NAMI). We presented our First Annual Award given to a volunteer that has demonstrated passion and dedication to the NOF mission - Amanda Smeins was the recipient.

In the Fall we partnered with Duck Cup Memorial who organized a Mental Health Speaker Andrew from for Jordan Middle & HS grades 5-12 grades.

Also, at the start of the new school year, we made a $3k Donation to Jordan Education Foundation for grants for any Jordan educator projects or events related to mental health.

Other community events we participated in throughout the year were, Annual Plant Hope Benefit table sponsorship, St Patrick's Church Festival, Duck Cup Memorial Golf Tournament, Jordan Heimatfest Parade, Dave's Compass of Hope Golf Tournament, Dan-O Golf Tournament.

Finally, we made an Annual donation to NAMI-MN of $30k


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1st Annual Nickel Open Golf & Bean Bag Tournament

May 5, 2018

The Nickel Open Fund held it's very first Golf & Bean Bag Tournament to raise money for mental health awareness and suicide prevention - and it was HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL! The tournament brought in $31,000 which we donated to The DanO Fund, our mentors for this first year!


2018 NAMIWalks Walk for Mental Illness

September 22, 2018

This is the first year for the group to join the NAMIWalks event at Minnehaha Park to walk for mental health and suicide awareness. Ellie Enselein started the Soulshine Walkers group to walk in memory of her brother, Andy and we had a great day coming together for a great cause and raising a lot of money!


BearD IPA Beer Release Party at Roets Jordan Brewery

September 22, 2018

On the heels of the NAMIWalks event, the Soulshine Walkers and more headed to Roets Jordan Brewery for the untapping of the BearD IPA - brewed in honor of Andy Enselein! We had a small scale silent auction and raffle giveaways and enjoyed the company of some really good people!


DanO Fund Golf Tournament

September 17, 2018

The origins of the Nickel Open stem from the partnership with the DanO Fund. Dan & Jo Olsen are our mentors in our mission to create a non-profit and we were proud to present them with this check for $31,000 to be donated to NAMI MN at their Annual Conference in November!


2018 NAMI Annual Conference

November 3, 2018

Colleen and Lori attended the NAMI Conference and presented NAMI with a check for $31,000 that we raised in 2018, along with the DanO Fund and their $25,000 check for a total of $56,000 combined!!


2nd Annual Nickel Open Golf & Bean Bag Tournament

May 18, 2019

We held a successful 2nd Annual tournament, banquet and dinner - inspite of the very cold spring weather!


2020 NAMI Virtual Annual Conference

November 14, 2020

NAMI MN held their Annual Conference virtually this year! The Nickel Open Fund donated $20,000 plus $15,000 from Dave's Compass of Hope for a total of $35,000! During the year of the pandemic, this was a huge success!

In addition, the Nickel Open was given the award for the Best Independent Event from NAMI-MN! Congratulations to all of you who help make this possible!

The money donated to NAMI MN goes to continue their student education of mental illness awareness and suicide prevention within the schools in our local area. Included in the successful teaching by NAMI this past year, the Jordan School District has integrated the "Ending the Silence" learning module into their curriculum. This is a huge milestone for bringing further awareness to our youth!


2020 Hula Lula IPA Release Party at Roets Jordan Brewery

February 29, 2020

Following the Soulshine Bean Bag Tournament, guests were shuttled to downtown Jordan to Roets Jordan Brewery featuring the release of Hula Lula IPA - sponsored by the Enselein Family and Roets, along with a raffle prize drawing!


2020 Soulshine Bean Bag Tournament

February 29, 2020

"Well, we did it! We pulled off a highly successful Bean Bag Tournament 14-days before the official PANDEMIC rules and restrictions kicked in!

This was the first year we split golf and bags into their own tournaments, and for a couple of reasons. One of which was to bring a little sunshine to the brrrr cold month of February - with a tropical Hawaiian theme! An outside tournament you say? Of course not! Ridges at Sand Creek pulled off an indoor tournament set-up and our coordinators, Steve, Kelly and Dustin went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a good time! The event was a huge success and we had to put a couple of prospective teams on a waitlist. A really good problem to have. Cash prizes and awards were given to the winning team in 4 Divisions. We had 2 other fun prizes - 1 for the Best Team Name and 1 for the Best Hawaiian Attire.

One highlight of the event was a Hawaiian Trip raffle that started a couple of weeks before the actual event and raised over $15,000! "


2019 NAMI MN Annual Conference

November 2, 2019

Lori and Colleen attended the Annual NAMI Conference luncheon on behalf of the Nickel Open and presented a check for $35,000 raised from our 2019 events!


"We Got This" Stout Beer Release Party at Roets Jordan Brewery

September 28, 2019

Following the morning's NAMIWalk event, the Soulshine Walkers continued the fundraising efforts at Roets for a beer release party hosted by Gil & Sherrie Hunstad and Roets Jordan Brewery. Guests enjoyed local beer, food and a small, but profitable silent auction bringing in $2,350.00 to be donated to NAMI MN!


NAMIWalks Walk for Mental Illness Awareness

September 28, 2019

The combined teams of the Nickel Open and Enselein Family joined forces to walk as the Soulshine Walkers, raising money for NAMI MN.

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