New Adventurama community fundraiser and outdoor adventure supports patient comfort and care needs

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Excitement continues to build for Hennepin Healthcare Foundation’s Adventurama fundraising event set for Sunday, June 4, 2023. This urban adventure invites teams of two adults to solve clues, complete physical and intellectual challenges, capture photos and create memories in the heart of Minneapolis all while supporting patient comfort and care needs at Hennepin Healthcare.

“This is the first of its kind for our organization, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about this new adventure,” said Paula Wilhelm, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation’s Annual Giving & Engagement Manager. “Hennepin Healthcare and its HCMC hospital have been fixtures in downtown Minneapolis for over 130 years. We serve the majority of our patients downtown; we are the largest employer now and are planning a bright future here. This event will bring people into our neighborhood for fun and laughter in support of our community.”

While specific details about the challenges cannot be revealed, they may involve climbing stairs, rolling barrels, or stacking blocks. Teams complete the course at their own pace up until 3 p.m.

“The surprise element for Adventurama is one of the best parts of its appeal, and we wouldn’t want to spoil that for anyone,” shares Wilhelm.

Proceeds from Adventurama will benefit the comfort and care of patients. This can include support to spiritual care, the emergency clothing closets, music therapy, immediate food support, appointment transportation, out-of-town family lodging, prescription co-pays, Child Life, and Children’s Literacy programs at Hennepin Healthcare, Minnesota’s largest safety-net hospital.

“Our mission keeps our doors and hearts open to all,” explains Wilhelm. “With more than 75 percent of our patient population on financial assistance, our revenue doesn’t always cover the services that enhance the care and comfort of those we are so honored to serve. Hosting this community event will start the conversation and build awareness of these needs.”

The Adventurama journey begins in Commons Park, across from U.S. Bank Stadium, and continues to 12 pit stops within a three-mile radius of HCMC, with an after-party at Finnegans. Registration is open to the first 100 teams of 2 adults. Register a team, sign up to volunteer, donate or learn more at

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About Hennepin Healthcare Foundation

Hennepin Healthcare Foundation has the honor of connecting the generosity of the community to the mission of Hennepin Healthcare. Caring for anyone at any time with any condition takes resources and a team of exceptional staff. Generosity removes barriers to healthcare access, enhances the patient and family experience, and advances efforts in medical education, clinical research, and community health. Visit

About Hennepin Healthcare

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital, as well as a clinic system with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The comprehensive healthcare system includes a 473-bed academic medical center, a large outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center, and a network of clinics in the North Loop, Whittier, and East Lake Street neighborhoods of Minneapolis, and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. Hennepin Healthcare has a large psychiatric program, home care, and operates a research institute, philanthropic foundation, and Hennepin EMS. The system is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.

Dr. Michael Belzer receives Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award

Dr. Michael Belzer
Dr. Michael Belzer

The West Metro Medical Foundation and the Twin Cities Medical Society have selected Dr. Michael Belzer, Chief Medical Officer at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), as the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award.

Dr. Belzer has served as HCMC’s Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer since 1990. He also serves as Medical Director for Hennepin County’s Community Health Department and Associate Dean for the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to becoming Medical Director, he served as the Associate HCMC Medical Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Belzer is a practicing Medical Hematologist and Oncologist with subspecialty and specialty board certification in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Hennepin Medical Society (now known as the Twin Cities Medical Society) that represented over 4000 Metro physicians. Dr. Belzer is on the Executive Committee Board for America’s Essential Hospitals, and was the former Board Chair of Hospice of the Twin Cities and the National Public Health and Hospital Institute. Dr. Belzer is past recipient of the Minnesota Medical Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award and he won the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the University Medical School in 2004.

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