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The 11th Annual Patriot is going to be held on Saturday, July 9th at Key Air on the grounds of the Anoka County Airport. The purpose of the ride is to recognize the contributions and sacrifices that members of the military, veterans and their families make to ensure the freedom’s we enjoy. The event is also a charity fundraiser. With the help of Patriotic motorcyclists and other community members the Patriot Ride will raise more than $200,000 and all the proceeds will be donated to the four worthy non-profit causes the event supports. 

While the day is organized around a motorcycle ride it is also a community event that draws many non-riders to Key Air the day of the ride. In the morning before the ride departs people will be able to visit vendor booths, eat a wide variety of food, take in an Elvis concert, watch the St. Paul Police Department put on a riding demonstration, check out vintage war planes, watch the morning program which will include a group of former Navy Seals parachuting into the event and of course watch all the bikes roll in.

At noon more than 3,000 motorcycles will depart and take a 50 mile ride through the countryside. It will be quite a sight to see. Along the way many, many people will come out and show their support from the roadside.

The ride will then return to Key Air later in the afternoon. In addition to all the other activities visitors can view the Donnie Smith Motorcycle Show, buy a raffle ticket to win a 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide that will be given away that day and listen to the awesome music of the Emerson Avenue Band.

The closing ceremony will be a recognition program focused on those who gave their lives defending our country. This year’s keynote speaker is Beau Doboszenski who was a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

There will be many people at the Patriot Ride who have lost a loved one as a result of their military service. Sharing the day with them will be a gut-wrenching and heart-warming experience all at the same time.

The Patriot Ride is a very fulfilling day for everyone who participates. Dave Dahl of Channel 5 TV is the official meteorologist of the Patriot Ride and promises us a bright sunshiny day. Participate in the 11th Annual Patriot Ride and help us all do the right thing.

Start Reading Now is a Minneapolis-based 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2014 by Pam Longfellow and Kevin Terrell to fund vouchers for low income children to buy 10 books each at the start of the summer after 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. The evidence-based program directly addresses the fact that on average, the lowest income children have less than one book at home, which means kids lack the most essential tool in learning to read – reading material. Research shows that this type of program has a bigger effect on reading scores than three years of summer school – at 1/60th the cost.  If you don’t have books, you don’t read. If you don’t read, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you fall behind and you are on the short end of the stick for life. So we get kids books.  It’s than simple.


On the evening of April 23, 2015, more than 1,000 people came together at The Depot Minneapolis to celebrate the first 50 years of Lifeworks Services. Through sponsorships, silent auctions, live auctions, and individual donations, we were able to raise more than $436,000 for this great organization, which has touched the lives of so many people. Atomic Data is proud to be not only a Presenting Sponsor for the past several years, but also the technology provider for all the Lifeworks locations. 

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Cooks for Kids program is designed to help the families served at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses.  After a long and often exhausting day at the hospital, families look forward to coming into the House for a “home-away-from-home,” cooked meal.

Atomic Data prepared, cooked, and served food to the families of these children at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital. 

Atomic for Uganda aims to raise $80,000 to assist American Refugee Committee's work in Uganda.  We will also be matching all funds up to $40,000. 

ARC provides critical services to thousands of families in remote areas of Uganda.  Atomic Data is using all funds raised to 1) provide staff facilities in these remote areas and 2) a vehicle for travel between villages and work sites—helping ARC provide services keeping women and children safe.  3) Funds will also be used in helping ARC develop a program on reproductive health education. 

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The Lifeworks Annual Celebration, initiated in 1986, is a very special evening that honors the recipients of the Lifeworks Annual Awards by bringing together individuals served by Lifeworks, our donors, business partners, employers, vendors, volunteers and advocates, and various members of the community who help the people we support live full and meaningful lives.

Each year Atomic Data employees open their hearts and their cupboards to support those in need.  For this year's Biggest Giver Food Drive Challenge, Atomic Data staff were asked to bring in food and other non-perishable items that would benefit the users of The Camden Promise Food Shelf.  Thanks to generous employees and a 100% match provided by CEO Jim Wolford, we were able to donate over 300 pounds of goods to the food shelf.