Kvalvog family pledges up to $1 million match for Fargo Park District projects

The "Kvalvog Million Dollar Match" will include a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1 million for Giving Hearts Day for the Fargo Parks Sports Complex and Island Park pool projects.

A man and woman sit on a couch with a young boy between them. The boy holds a basketball. Behind them, a backdrop is decorated with red hearts and says "Giving Hearts Day."
Ray and Kathie Kvalvog and their son, Brooks.
Contributed / Fargo Park District
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FARGO — Ray and Kathie Kvalvog have made a $1 million pledge benefiting the Fargo Park District ahead of Giving Hearts Day, which will take place on Feb. 9.

The "Kvalvog Million Dollar Match" will include a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $1 million for Giving Hearts Day this year for the Fargo Parks Sports Complex and Island Park pool projects, the Park District announced in a written statement.

"Through the Kvalvog family’s generosity, they would like to inspire others to join them in supporting these highly impactful projects. Our hope is to see this $1 million matched through community donations by Giving Hearts Day,” said Fargo Park District Foundation Director Craig Bjur.

Bjur said anyone looking to help the Park District meet the entire match pledged by the Kvlavogs can do so by giving a check of any amount or by giving online with pre-gifts at .

Founded in 2008, Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour event for charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.


Another option for those wishing to donate is to give a check through the Fargo Park District Foundation and include “Giving Hearts Day” in the memo line.

Checks can be dropped off at the Fargo Park District Administration offices, 701 Main Ave., the Park District said, adding that naming opportunities are available for donations of $15,000 and above.

All donations are eligible for the Kvalvog million-dollar match.

Email questions may be directed to .

When completed, the Fargo Parks Sports Complex now under construction is expected to attract more than 1 million visitors annually and provide a multipurpose space for Fargo residents and surrounding communities, according to the Park District.

The Island Park pool has served the community in its current design since 1977, according to the Park District, which is in the process of updating those facilities.

Both the sports complex project and the Island Park pool update are slated to be completed in 2024, and the Fargo Park District Foundation continues to actively raise money for both.

The Kvalvog family has been in the news before, most prominently in 2015, when the couple lost two sons in a highway crash.


On June 23, 2015 , Zachary Kvalvog, 18, was driving his father’s pickup truck to a basketball tournament in Wisconsin when the truck crashed on Interstate 94 near Dalton, Minnesota.

Zachary and his brother, 14-year-old Connor Kvalvog, died as a result of the crash.

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