February's Giving Hearts Day : In 2023, MLEF's Giving Hearts Day donations along with donors' Food For Thought designations enabled us to provide $25,000 to the the school district for milk and snack funding for elementary students who would otherwise go without. To become a GHD match donor or business match in 2024, contact us at MoorheadLegacyFoundation@gmail.com


  March Phonathon success : Each spring, MHS students make phone calls to secure donor pledges for Spud Scholars. With the help of Phonathon pledges, pass-through scholarships and our endowed scholarships, MLEF awarded $98,000 to 79 graduates and 4 MHS Alumni who are pursuing and furthering their education in 2023. The next Phonathon will begin in March 2024. A special thank you to the students in Key Club and National Honor Society for volunteering their time toward our Spud Scholars program!


New partnership with SpudsTV : Our Big Orange and Spuddy Club Sponsors are included in the district calendar, have logo visibility on SpudsTV broadcasts, and are invited to exclusive pregame Club events. We held the first Club event following the commissioning of the new gym, giving sponsors a sneak peek of the Spud Zone. For more info on sponsorships, email MoorheadLegacyFoundation@gmail.com or rwestra@rwp-p.com 


July's VIP Parking for Moorhead's 565600H & AHH fireworks : We are so thankful for Moorhead Business Association's partnership to include MLEF as one of three nonprofits to benefit from the VIP Parking for our city's fireworks show. We look forward to this annual celebration, bringing the community together!


Revamp of the 152Club Membership : We now offer an activity pass to 152Club members, which grants each pass holder a free popcorn at any regular season home sporting event. Membership also includes a 152Club pin and an invite to our exclusive pregame Club events. You can still join the 152Club for the 2023-24 school year here: https://ddock.co/3f3c7ef4 or text "152Club" to 218-215-4988


Inaugural Spud Giving Days : Did you see us in the SpudMobile this fall? We hosted the first Spud Giving Days during this year's Homecoming, doubling our campaign goal thanks to donor match giving from R.D. Offutt Company, Gate City Bank, Cami Sagvold & American Family Insurance, and the Leiseth and Rockstad families.


Spud History Book : We have been so pleased with the interest in the production of "Once A Spud... Always A Spud" to commemorate the district's 150th Anniversary. Shipping orders were shipped directly from the publishing facility last week. Our next book distribution date will be January 4th, 4:30-6pm, at Horizon Middle School. More details can be found on our website at www.MoorheadLegacy.org


November's Spud Impact : In 2023, with the help of memorials and designated gifts, MLEF awarded $13,000 in grant funding toward various projects and activities led by Moorhead staff this past fall. We provide grants and designated gifts to Moorhead Area Public Schools, educators and staff for the main areas of Academics, Activities, Arts and Athletics. Email us for information on our Spud Impact endowment. We are grateful to Moorhead Schools' staff who are dedicated to supporting students in our schools in so many ways! 

Additional grant impact : MLEF was awarded a prestigious $10,000 grant from Alex Stern Family Foundation to help with the growing issue of truancy within the district's population of homeless students. Transportation is one of the biggest barriers for regular attendance and MLEF has provided the Alex Stern Family Foundation grant funds to help with the purchase of a van dedicated to transporting students to school. We, at MLEF and the school district, have so much gratitude for this funding that directly impacts the students and their education. Thank you, Alex Stern Family Foundation!


Janelle Leiseth, Chair

Katherine Halvorson, Vice Chair

Mike McFeely, Secretary
Chad Hansen, Treasurer

Matuor Alier
Stephen Astrup
​Allie Bondy 
Chuck Fisher
Angie Homuth
Mark "Lem" Rice 
Julie Wilson 

Gretchen Noah, MLEF Accountant
Superintendent Brandon Lunak, District Representative
Cassidy Bjorklund, School Board Representative


Find us

MLEF will be at a number of community events this coming year. Visit our info booths to learn more about plans for supporting MAPS in 2024. 


History Book distribution : January 4th, 2024 at Horizon Middle School, 4:30-6pm

(If you paid for shipping, your order was shipped last week.)


Giving Hearts Day : February 8th, 2024

(become an MLEF match donor or partner!)


Phonathon : March 2024


Pregame Club Events : TBD


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