Wayzata charity raises $2M with winter 'Sleep Out'


This winter's brutal subzero temperatures have done little to deter a Wayzata nonprofit from raising big money to help out low-income families.

The Star Tribune says donations for the 2013 Sleep Out have passed the $2 million mark, besting last year's record-setting amount. The money was raised after about 700 people, comprising students, members of religious groups and business leaders, braved freezing temperatures to sleep in tents.

And it's not over yet. Donations will be accepted by the charity through March.

The funds raised from the sleep outs will go to benefit Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners. The charity was started 18 years ago by Wayzata businessman Bob Fisher, the Star Tribune says. To date, the charity has raised more than $19 million.

During the Sleep Out, small tent villages pop up at schools, churches and business in the Twin Cities metro area. The money provides a food shelf to low-income people, as well as assistance with housing, jobs, transportation and child care.

The Sun Sailor says the Sleep Out kicked off Nov. 9 with a goal of raising $2.067 million. Last year the charity brought $1.9 million, about $50,000 shy of its goal, the paper says.

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