Cities 97 Sampler Vol. 28 supports Art Buddies!

Cities 97 "More Music, More Variety" 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, and the remaining proceeds benefited 97 local Minnesota charities, including Art Buddies!

"We're thrilled that Art Buddies was selected as one of the charities supported by sales of the Cities 97 Sampler Vol. 28," said Scott Mikesh, Art Buddies President and Executive Director. "This is an amazing annual effort on the part of Cities 97, the contributing artists, and thousands who purchase the album each year. We are truly grateful for the difference it makes for so many local charities like Art Buddies, to help us keep our empowering programs going."

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.

“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 benefiting from this year’s fundraiser include:

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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