The Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota is famous for its red
potatoes, but this past year, the area was seeing pink.
Red River Valley fresh potato growers and shippers raised over $80,000 for
the National Breast Cancer Foundation this past season. Every bag of potatoes
that was sold with a special pink ribbon Kwik Lok tag raised money for the
Ted Kreis of the East Grand Forks, MN-based Northern Plains Potato Growers
Association and Randy Boushey, who operates A&L Potato, also in East Grand
Forks, recently made a trip to the National Breast Cancer Foundation's
headquarters in Frisco, TX, to deliver the donation to the organization.
Janelle Hail, the founder and chief executive officer of the National Breast
Cancer Foundation, said in a July 28 press release, "As a result of the Red
River Valley’s support, the National Breast Cancer Foundation is able to fulfill
its mission to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms
for those in need. The promotion was a huge success, and we are honored by
the effort and dedication put forth by each and every potato grower."
Mr. Boushey said in the release, “Just about everybody personally knows of a
person or family that has been affected by breast cancer, so we feel very
good about raising money to fight this disease.”
Ten Red River Valley shippers (A&L Potato, Associated Potato Growers, Folson
Farms, JG Hall & Sons, NoKota Packer, Northern Valley Growers, OC Schulz &
Sons, Peatland Reds, Ryan Potato Co. and Tri-Campbell Farms) voluntarily
participated in the promotion, which was administered by the Northern Plains
Potato Growers Association.