Thank you Cities 97 for donating $530,000 to local charities!


CD Features 20 Top Artists Including O.A.R., X Ambassadors, Andra Day, Johnny Rzeznik, Ingrid Michaelson And Rachel Platten

Minneapolis, MN – April 20, 2017 – Cities 97, More Music, More Variety, recently raised nearly $530,000 through its 28th annual Cities 97 Sampler CD. For every CD sold, $1 was donated to the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, one of the largest children’s health care organizations in the country, and the remaining proceeds benefited 97 local Minnesota charities.

The limited edition Cities 97 Sampler CD is the longest running music and performance
compilation for charity in the country. This year, the CD featured performances recorded live in Cities 97’s Studio C by 20 artists including O.A.R., X Ambassadors, Andra Day, Johnny Rzeznik, Ingrid Michaelson and Rachel Platten. Cities 97’s on-air personalities encouraged listeners to buy the compilation and support important charities in the community.

“The Cities 97 Sampler continues to make an impact,” said Jeff Tyler, President for iHeartMedia Western Great Lakes Region. “Our listeners love the music and they are proud to help a wide variety of nonprofits in our own community. We thank our sponsors, the artists and everyone who bought a CD.”

The CD was available for purchase at Target stores in the Twin Cities area and online. Sponsors of the project included Target, By the Yard, and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Over the past 28 years, Cities 97 Sampler CD helped raise over $12.5 million for hundreds of deserving charities.

The 97 local Minnesota organizations benefitting from this year’s fundraiser:

  • 360 Communities
  • Ace In The City
  • Alexandra House
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Parkinson Disease Association
  • Animal Humane Society
  • Ann Bancroft Foundation
  • Art Buddies
  • Banyan Community
  • Bellis
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Bridge For Youth
  • Bridging
  • Bundles Of Love Charity
  • Camp Kesem @ U of M
  • Camp Odayin
  • Can Do Canines
  • Canvas Health
  • Catalyst Learning Center
  • Children’s Hospitals & Clinics Of Minnesota
  • Community Involvement Programs
  • Cornerstone Advocacy Service
  • Darts
  • Diaper Bank Of Minnesota
  • Dress For Success
  • East Saint Paul YMCA
  • East Side Learning Center
  • Eastside Meals On Wheels
  • Elpis Enterprises
  • Family Means
  • Fostering Families
  • Free Arts Minnesota
  • Girls On The Run
  • Gracie's Room
  • Guild Incorporated
  • Hallie Q Brown Community Center
  • Hammer Residences,
  • Have A Nice Day Foundation
  • Hearts And Hands
  • Helping Hand Outreach
  • Homeward Bound
  • Iris
  • Jammy Peace
  • Junior League Of Minneapolis
  • Kids 'N Kinship
  • Kipp Minnesota
  • Lil Mac
  • Kids Autism Foundation
  • Loaves And Fishes
  • Midwest Animal Rescue & Services
  • Minneapolis College Of Art & Design
  • Minnesota Costumers For A Cause
  • Minnesota Literacy Council
  • Minnesota Military Family Foundation
  • Minnesota Music Educators Association
  • Northside Achievement Zone
  • Open Arms Of Minnesota
  • Operation Warm
  • Our Lady Of Peace
  • Park Nicollet Foundation
  • Pay It Forward Fund
  • Pedal And Roll For Parkinsons
  • People Serving People
  • Phoenix Alternatives
  • Pinky Swear Foundation
  • Prism, Project Diva
  • Project Get Outdoors
  • Reach Together
  • Rebuilding Together Twin Cities
  • Resource West, Rise
  • River Valley Riders
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Secondhand Hounds
  • Sew Much Comfort
  • Simpson Housing Services
  • Somali Museum Of Minnesota
  • Southside Services
  • Special Olympics Minnesota
  • St. Stephen's Human Services
  • STEP
  • Stride Academy Charter School
  • Summit Academy OIC
  • Tee It Up For The Troops
  • The Reading Center
  • The Sandwich Project
  • Trust, Inc.,
  • Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project
  • U Partner Dance
  • Urban Roots
  • Vineyard Community Services
  • We Can Ride
  • White Bear Emergency Food Shelf
  • Women Of Nations
  • Youth Farm
  • Youthlink

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