House That Hope Built



Lakeville, MN – October 20, 2015Tradition Companies know how to build hope from the ground up. On Monday October 19, the company and its affiliates including Robert Thomas Homes, Inc. presented a check for $400,000 to HopeKids Minnesota, a local nonprofit organization that provides ongoing events and activities for families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

“Life doesn’t always go according to plan. As a long-time supporter of the mission of HopeKids we appreciate the opportunity to positively impact the lives of local families at a time when they may need it the most,” said Jake Enebak, CEO of Tradition companies. “HopeKids is a unique organization that allows kids fighting life-threatening diseases to have activities where they feel a little more like …kids and the parents a way to connect with other people who understand.”

The home was constructed by Robert Thomas Homes with the support of trade and business partners and is located in the Spirit of Brandtjen Farm in Lakeville. It was featured and sold during the Fall 2015 Parade of Homes® with the net proceeds from the sale along with cash donations donated to HopeKids Minnesota.

HopeKids’ Executive Director Brian Anderson was in shock at not only the size of the gift but the impact it will make on families across Minneapolis-St. Paul. “I am touched by the support of Tradition Companies,” Anderson said. “This gift helps more than 1,000 families battling cancer or other life-threatening conditions by keeping them focused on the future, looking forward to the next fun event around the corner.”

HopeKids Minnesota staff was joined by Tradition Companies and Robert Thomas Homes to present the $400,000 donation to the organization. From the groundbreaking ceremony on June 12 to writing messages of Hope in early August, the check presentation was the result of a long-standing partnership between HopeKids Minnesota and Tradition Companies.

“I’m glad I am wearing sunglasses to hide the tears,” HopeKids President Josh Taylor said. “The impact of this gift is immeasurable to help families build community and supportive relationships during a time they need it most.”

HopeKids Minnesota began in November 2006 and is open to any family who has a child, ages 0 to 18, with a life-threatening medical condition. They surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.

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