• Sixth Annual Stairs of Stillwater event to benefit Youth Advantage

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    Sixth Annual Stairs of Stillwater event to benefit Youth Advantage
    Stillwater, MN – September 16 –The 6th Annual Stars of Stillwater is the official 5K event of HarvestFest!  This fun, family-friendly 5K walk winds its way through scenic downtown Stillwater featuring hidden staircases and beautiful views of the St. Croix River Valley.
     
    On Saturday, October 12 at 9:30 a.m., Youth Advantage will host its sixth annual Stairs of Stillwater walk. The event begins at North Lowell Park in downtown Stillwater along the waterfront, north of the bridge near the gazebo and concludes in the heart of the HarvestFest activities.  
     
    Proceeds will benefit Youth Advantage, a non-profit organization serving families who live within School District 834 boundaries. “Youth Advantage enriches our community by empowering our clients, at-risk children, to engage with their peers and flourish through participation in extracurricular activities,” says Board Chair Jen McCormick.
     
    Participant check-in begins at 8:30 followed by the singing of the National Anthem just prior to the 9:30 a.m. start.  Walkers can set their own pace as they follow a marked route that includes many of the city’s staircases and weaves up and down the hills of downtown Stillwater. Interactive ‘selfie stations’ are located along the route and generous sponsors, including title sponsor MAP South Hockey, will keep walkers hydrated at stair summits. Walkers spirits will be buoyed by Stillwater High School cheer squad welcoming them back to Lowell park where healthy snacks and music from the live band await plus Stillwater Harvest Fest activities including a giant pumpkin contest, pumpkin regatta race on the St. Croix River, pumpkin drop, and so much more! Event is rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire.
     
    Advanced registration is available on the Youth Advantage website. Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

    • Early Registration:  $10 (Ends October 4th)
    • Standard Registration: $15 (October 5th thru October 11th)
    • Onsite Registration:  $20
    All advanced registrants will receive a collectible Stairs of Stillwater infinity bandana. Bandanas are limited and not guaranteed for day-of registration.
     
    Special thanks to our sponsors:
    Title Sponsor – MAP South Hockey
    Gold Partners - Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics and Mathnasium
    Silver Partners – Cornerstone Land Surveying, Inc., First State Bank and Trust, Anastasi | Jellum, Metro East Commercial Real Estate Services, Church of St. Michael CCW, Posch Builders, Acme Awning, MidWestOne Bank
    Bronze Partners:  Advanced Dermatology Care, Lake Elmo Bank, Kyle Johnson Law, First Resource Bank, Redstone Builders Co., PowerUp.
     
    Youth Advantage welcomes additional community support. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies and individuals. In addition, "signs of support" are displayed along the route with company, organization or family.  Purchase a sign at https://www.youthadvantage.org/sos.  Contact Youth Advantage at info@youthadvantage.org for more information.

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    Youth Advantage helps young people participate in athletics, pursue their passion in music, fine arts, theater and dance; join a science or computer club, go to camp and so much more! Serving families residing in District 834 whose children qualify for free or reduced lunch programs or who have experienced a recent financial hardship, Youth Advantage provides access to activities in our community through scholarships and loan of needed equipment, musical instruments or other necessary items. Learn more at youthadvantage.org.

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