Pledge Now! - Hiking for Danish America - Fundraiser

  • July 01, 2020
  • August 15, 2020
  • Colorado Trail

HIKING FOR DANISH AMERICA - FUNDRAISER FOR ALL ORGANIZATIONS

This summer, let’s raise funds for our Danish American organizations! Sponsor Danish America’s “Hiking Viking”, NFDA’s president, Bruce Bro, as he traverses the 500-mile Colorado Trail.

In the National Foundation for Danish America’s weekly emails, you’ve seen the widespread cancelling of every major event in our Danish American world. It’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on organizations across the country. Across Danish America donations are down.  The NFDA is here to help the “down” go “up”. 

Enter the “Hiking Viking”!  Starting June 29th, Bruce Bro will traverse the 500-mile Colorado Trail for six-to-eight weeks from Waterton Canyon, southwest of Denver, to Durango.  He will navigate to 13,271 feet above sea level and keep above 10,000 feet for most of the trail.  He's also hoping to scale Colorado's highest peak, Mt. Elbert (14,439 ft) along the way!



You can help Danish America as Bruce clocks miles . Here’s how:

  • Individuals and/or organizations  can participate
  • Pledge per-mile, or a fixed amount for the entire hike
  • Identify which Danish American organization or combination of organizations you’d like to support.  100% of your pledge goes to the organization you choose!

What the NFDA will do:

  • Track all pledges 
  • Monitor the “Hiking Viking’s” progress
  • Let you know when the hike is completed and how to send your funds directly to your supported organization

How we’ll make it fun and inclusive:

  • Take the hike with Bruce through social media and the website
  • Bruce will post pictures and videos as he progresses
  • Send Bruce “hilsener” and tell everyone which organization you support and why
  • Include your pledges on our website and weekly emails
  • Promote the event and pledges on social media

Oh -- if you’re skeptical about Bruce’s ability, don’t be. He can do it – he’s hiked the Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim, reached Mt. Everest’s Base camp in the Himalayas, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, and climbed the highest peaks in the U.S.!  

Please join us to raise funds for Danish America!  Let us know that you’re interested in being a part of Project “Hiking Viking”. 

Tusind tak,
The NFDA Board
Karin Schoen Wasler, Linda Steffensen, Katrine Vange, Bruce Bro

Submit Your Pledge Here

NFDA Facebook Page

Benevolent Mountaineer Hikes For Danish America - by Barb Ceruti

Participating Organizations:
(To add your Danish American non-profit club or organization, please email us at info@DanishAmerica.org )

  • American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York
  • Danebod Folk School - Tyler, MN
  • Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)
  • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN
  • The Danish Home of Chicago
  • The Danish Home of Chicago Foundation
  • Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
  • Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
  • Danish National Committee of Southern California
  • Danish Seamen's Church - Brooklyn, NY
  • Danish Sisterhood of America, Museum Archival Project
  • Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
  • Denver Danes - Colorado
  • Den Danske Klub '88 - Colorado
  • Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA
  • Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center - New York
  • Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
  • National Foundation for Danish America
  • Northwest Danish Association - Portland, OR and Seattle, WA
  • Rebild National Park Society
  • Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL

Approximately $10,000 in Pledges already!!!

Tusind Tak to these individuals and families who have pledged to support Danish America!

Thomas "Gunny" Harboe Chicago Illinois Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
Barbara Ceruti Naperville Illinois Danish Home of Chicago
Christie Gehringer Omaha Nebraska Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
 Doug Bro Claremont California Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
Alan Leo Mores Harlan Iowa Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
Alan Leo Mores Harlan Iowa Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
Alan Leo Mores Harlan Iowa Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn
Mette A Haydt Hemet  California Rebild Natl Park Society
John Mark & Dawn Nielsen Blair Nebraska National Foundation for Danish America
Dianne and Paul Anderson Seattle Washington Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
Dianne and Paul Anderson Seattle Washington Northwest Danish Association - Portland, OR & Seattle, WA
Marianne Swanson Littleton Colorado National Foundation for Danish America
Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago Illinois Rebild Natl Park Society
Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago
Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago Illinois Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago Illinois Other Danish American Non-Profit Club or Organization Danish Sisterhood -Dagmar Lodge #4
Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago Illinois Danish Home of Chicago
Larsen Wealth Management of Raymond James
Scottsdale Arizona National Foundation for Danish America
Maria Donhauser
Claremont California Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
Bert Schou Cedar Falls Iowa Rebild Natl Park Society
Lisa Riggs Elk Horn Iowa Rebild Natl Park Society
Lisa Steen Riggs Elk Horn Iowa Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
Julie Mortensen North Ridgeville Ohio Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
Sune Frederiksen Berea Kentucky Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
Sune Frederiksen Berea Kentucky Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)
Sune & Barbara Frederiksen Berea Kentucky Rebild Natl Park Society
Lee Ann Black Sun City Arizona National Foundation for Danish America
Anonymous Beaverton Oregon Danish Sisterhood of America
Ron and Mary Bro Cedar Falls Iowa  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
Anonymous Liberty Missouri Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

Beth Bro-Roof

Cedar Rapids

Iowa

National Foundation for Danish America

Beth Bro-Roof

Cedar Rapids

Iowa

Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

DSS Ellen Lodge #21, Denver CO

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Den Danske Klub '88 - Colorado

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Denver Danes - Colorado

Karin Wasler

Los Angeles

California

Danish Sisterhood of America

Frank and Edith Christensen

Shoreline

Washington

Northwest Danish Association - Seattle, WA

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Audubon IA

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Audubon IA

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kimballton IA

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Den Danske Pioneer

Joanna Christensen

Castle Rock

Colorado

Rebild Natl Park Society

Lydia Plunk

Diamond Bar 

California

Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA

Christine Lundsberg Geiger

Buffalo Grove

Illinois

Rebild Natl Park Society

Elizabeth, Linda and Elsa Steffensen

Hoffman Estates

Illinois

Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)

Elizabeth, Linda and Elsa Steffensen

Hoffman Estates

Illinois

Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE

Elsa, Linda and Elizabeth Steffensen

Hoffman Estates

Illinois

Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa

Elsa, Linda and Elizabeth Steffensen

Hoffman Estates

Illinois

Danish Sisterhood of America

Linda, Elsa and Elizabeth Steffensen

Hoffman Estates

Illinois

Danish Home Foundation of Chicago

Linda, Elsa and Elizabeth Steffensen

Hoffman Estates

Illinois

Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

Linda, Elsa and Elizabeth Steffensen

Hoffman Estates

Illinois

Rebild Natl Park Society

HANNE BEUBE

Burr Ridge

Illinois

Danish Home of Chicago

Nike Whitcomb

Chicago

Illinois

Danish Home Foundation of Chicago

Gerry Henningsen

Monument

Colorado

Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

Peter Orum

St. Charles

Illinois

Danish Home of Chicago

Paul Roge

Grayslake

Illinois

Danish Home of Chicago

Kent and Connie Hanson

Glendora

California

Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

Kent and Connie Hanson

Glendora

California

Rebild Natl Park Society

Anne Grethe Nielsen

Yorba Linda

California

Danish Lutheran Church, Yorba Linda

Arne Brinkland

Chino Hills

California

Rebild Natl Park Society

Arne Brinkland

Chino Hills

California

Danish Lutheran Church, Los Angeles.

Linda 

Hoffman Estates

Illinois

Rebild Natl Park Society

Joy Duling

Bartonville

Illinois

NFDA

Some of Bruce's past hiking adventures...

2008 - Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. (Photo at right - he claimed the mountain for Denmark!)
2013 - Mt Everest Base Camp, Nepal
2013 - Mt Whitney, highest peak in lower 48 states
2016 - Grand Canyon Arizona Rim-to-Rim
Over many years - 20 of Colorado's highest peaks "The 14ers"


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Wilmette, Illinois 60091

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