THE MINNESOTA Utility Contractors Association (MUCA) was able to hold their annual charity event for Children’s Minnesota in person in 2021, resulting in another record- breaker. Day of the Dozers offered rides for the kids in dozers, backhoes, excavators and dump trucks on September 25 in Elk River, Minnesota.
The annual event saw 3,342 participants raising $78,965 for families and children in need, far surpassing their 2021 goal of $665,000.
Day of the Dozers offers a variety of activities for families to enjoy throughout the day, including sand piles to play in, a tour of Children’s “Big Rig” Emergency Transport vehicle, and the “811 Kids Zone” sponsored by utility and damage prevention partners to teach families about safety around utilities and the Call Before You Dig message. Kids were also able to learn how to operate heavy equipment using simulators in a virtual setting. New this year were two bouncy houses, one in the shape of a giant skid steer and the other shaped like a construction obstacle course.
This year’s total of $78,965 marks the highest donation level in nine years, bringing the grand total to more than $400,000. Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the U.S.