The Greater Mankato Area United Way kicked off its 2018 Campaign Kickoff Wednesday, pitting Mankato against North Mankato in a tug of war showdown.
Last week North Mankato City Administrator John Harrenstein said it would be like, “David and Goliath” meeting, and, true to the story, the smaller foe bested the giant.
North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen said, “We may be small, but we be mighty. We proved that again today. This is a great deal, a great kickoff for United Way, and what a great outreach for our entire community. We really enjoyed participating in this. We look forward to a very successful campaign for them.”
Even after the loss, Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson said, “This was a lot of fun and, obviously, it’s all cause driven. People had a good time. It was interesting to watch the true tugs that were going on.”
The event was originally meant to be held on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, which separates the two cities, but was moved inside the Verizon Wireless Center by rain. Still, United Way CEO Barb Kaus said, “It went absolutely perfect; even with mother nature deciding to change the location of the event at the last minute it couldn’t have gone better. It just was meant to be.”
She said the kickoff sets the pace for how the campaign will go, and with all of the support and such a positive beginning, she can’t imagine that the organization will not surpass its $2,050,000 goal for 2018.