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2011 TOYM honoree profile: Kari Mitchell

The Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans (TOYM) program is Minnesota's only statewide recognition program for young leaders who have made major contributions to our state through volunteer service, community involvement, singular expertise, innovative thought or entrepreneurship.

TOYM honorees reflect the vast diversity of young people making a difference in the community through business, nonprofit and community organizations, education and government service.

MinnPost and MinnPost's YPN are proud to be a 2011 TOYM partner, sharing the stories of each of this year's exceptional honorees.

Kari Mitchell
Kari Mitchell

Today's featured Outstanding Young Minnesotan is Kari Mitchell of Rosemount, founder and executive director of Charity Events of Minnesota.

Since 1998, Mitchell has been fundraising for disease-related causes by producing human potential events — physical activities that allow individuals, communities and companies to channel competitive energy into positive change.

Before founding Charity Events of Minnesota (CEoM), Mitchell helped produce AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks for Pallotta TeamWorks and served as the executive producer of the Red Ribbon Ride, a four-day bike ride that benefits eight Minnesota HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Now in its fifth year, CEoM produces the annual two-day Breast Cancer Ride benefitting Open Arms of Minnesota and Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's Minnesota affiliate.

In its first three years, the Breast Cancer Ride raised more than half a million dollars for its beneficiaries.

In 2012, CEoM will launch a second signature event: the annual Father's Day AttaBoy Ride in support of men's cancers research. 

Outside of her work with CEoM, Mitchell volunteers with Dakota Woodlands homeless shelter, Feed My Starving Children, Open Arms of Minnesota, the Rosemount Family Resource Center and food shelf, the Stone Family Organization and Special Olympics Minnesota.

She is also a Big Sister mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and serves on the Community Services and Planning Commission for the City of Richfield.

Mitchell gives credit for her achievements to the many people who have acted as her teachers and guides, "pouring their lives into her."

To hear more of Mitchell's inspiring story and learn about her charitable causes, watch her TOYM video:

Click here to find out more about the TOYM program and the upcoming 2011 TOYM/OYF Awards Celebration this Saturday, Dec. 3.

Join MinnPost's YPN in honoring our state's exceptional emerging leaders! The banquet is going to be fabulous!

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Stay tuned during the week as we continue to feature profiles of each of the 2011 TOYM honorees. Up next: publisher and entrepreneur Ryan Thomas.

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