Letter: Thanks for continued support of Cherries for Charity event

Erin Prochnow and Christopher Johnson

At Rape and Abuse Crisis Center and YWCA Cass Clay, we provide safety, security, hope, counseling and support to those who’ve experienced violence and homelessness. We are able to do this at no charge to the victims we serve because people from the Fargo-Moorhead metro area give so generously to help others. Sweet, abundant giving came this summer through Cherries for Charity.

Together, the Fargo-Moorhead Cosmopolitan Club and local Hornbacher's stores hosted the 37 th Annual Cherries for Charity event July 10-16. You read right, 37 years! In 1982, the Cosmo Club orchestrated a truckload of cherries and encouraged friends and family to buy them from the semitrailer in a parking lot. Soon, Hornbacher's offered to host the event and join the effort. Generous grocery shoppers participate by purchasing a pound or lug of cherries and join the Cosmo Club and Hornbacher's as philanthropists committed to community and dedicated to making our region safer for all. Over 2 million pounds of cherries later, more than $475,000 has been raised to support the two organizations.


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It means those facing violence, homelessness and crisis have opportunity to live free of fear, focus on healing and move forward in pursuit of their ultimate life. Thank you to Cosmo Club, Hornbacher's and hundreds of volunteer cherry servers for your extraordinary effort, steadfast support and creativity to turn a sweet treat into caring impact. And, if you bought cherries, savor along with this team the difference you have made.

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