URGENT! – Please Call or Write Your Representative

The Dan Patch Project urgently needs your help.

Thanks to the efforts of city of Savage Mayor Janet Williams, bills calling for Minnesota State Legacy funds to be allocated for the creation and installation of the statues at both the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and Savage Public Library were introduced to the Legacy committees in both the House and Senate Legacy Funding Committees.

In the house, the bill received bipartisan sponsorship in Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Savage and Rep. Alice Hausman, D- St. Paul. In the Senate, the bill was introduced by Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville.

In 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the sconstitution, which increased the state sales tax three-eights of one percent. Revenues are to be spent on clean water, outdoor heritage, arts and cultural heritage and parks and trails projects.

Representatives from The Dan Patch Project, together with city of Savage Mayor Janet Wiliams testified before the Legacy grant committees in both the house and senate at the Minnesota state capitol in March.

If the bills pass, the sculptures at both the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and Savage Public Library would be paid for, created and installed in less than two years.

Now, it’s your turn to help. The House committee is set to vote this Wednesday as to which projects they recommend. We urgently need you to call or write committee members and voice your support. Please contact:

House Legacy Funding Finance Membership 

Committee Chair

Bob Gunther (R) District: 23A
563 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3240
E-mail: rep.bob.gunther@house.mn

Vice Chair

Sandy Layman (R) District: 05B
533 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4936
E-mail: rep.sandy.layman@house.mn

DFL Lead

Leon Lillie (DFL) District: 43B
277 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1188
E-mail: rep.leon.lillie@house.mn

Dario Anselmo (R) District: 49A
579 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4363
E-mail: rep.dario.anselmo@house.mn

Mike Freiberg (DFL) District: 45B
239 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4176
E-mail: rep.mike.freiberg@house.mn

Steve Green (R) District: 02B
413 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9918
E-mail: rep.steve.green@house.mn

Mary Murphy (DFL) District: 03B
343 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2676
E-mail: rep.mary.murphy@house.mn

Paul Thissen (DFL) District: 61B
317 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5375
E-mail: rep.paul.thissen@house.mn

Paul Torkelson (R) District: 16B
381 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9303
E-mail: rep.paul.torkelson@house.mn

Dean Urdahl (R) District: 18A
473 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4344
E-mail: rep.dean.urdahl@house.mn

Jean Wagenius (DFL) District: 63B
251 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4200
E-mail: rep.jean.wagenius@house.mn

Anna Wills (R) District: 57B
491 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4306
E-mail: rep.anna.wills@house.mn

Senate – Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee

Many Senators have links to an email form on their website. If you go to the Legacy Committee page here, you will find links to send emails.

If you prefer to call:

Chair:

Carrie Ruud (10, R)
3233 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4913
E-mail:
sen.carrie.ruud@senate.mn

Vice Chair:

Bill Weber (22, R)
2109 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5650
E-mail:
sen.bill.weber@senate.mn

Ranking Minority Member:

Chris A. Eaton (40, DFL)
2403 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-8869

Jim Carlson (51, DFL)
2207 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-297-8073

Steve A. Cwodzinski (48, DFL)
2319 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1314

D. Scott Dibble (61, DFL)
2213 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4191

Justin D. Eichorn (05, R)
3213 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7079

Mark W. Koran (32, R)
3101 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5419

Andrew R. Lang (17, R)
3205 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4918

Andrew Mathews (15, R)
3409 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-8075

David H. Senjem (25, R)
3401 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3903
E-mail:
sen.david.senjem@senate.mn

Patricia Torres Ray (63, DFL)
2225 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4274

Support Dan Patch Today — And Pay Tomorrow!

Split Up Your Dan Patch DonationDid you know you can split your donation to help fund the bronze sculptures of Dan Patch in the city of Savage and Minnesota State Fairgrounds over several years?

A little short of cash this year, but 2017 or 2018 look great? No problem. Just complete the pledge form now and let us know when you’d your donation processed.

Can you afford a little at a time? Let us know and we’ll split your payment up over three years, or, even months if you prefer.

The bronze pieces are a multi-phase project. The artist gets paid according to progress made on the piece. So, making a pledge now or in the future is equally important.

Remember, your donation is tax deductible.

Just download the form below to help get started helping Dan Patch’s return today. Click here:

Download Dan Patch Pledge Form

Just 25 Days Left To Raise $100,000!

Cheese CurdsThe first day of August brings evokes mixed feelings for many of us. For some, it is the first sign of summer nearing an end, with the start of school just one month away. For others, it generates excitement, as many festivals and fairs are about to get under way.

This year at the Dan Patch Project, August 1 is a signal that the start of the Minnesota State Fair is just 25 days away. That means we have just over three weeks to achieve our fundraising goal of $100,000 by the time the first basket of cheese curds is ordered.

How are we doing? We’re about one quarter of the way there. We know human nature is to wait until the last minute, so we’re not worried yet. Nonetheless, we know we’ve got a ways to go.

Please help us achieve our goal of bringing Dan Patch back to the Minnesota State Fair and honoring he and his final owner, M.W. Savage, by making a tax deductible donation today.

Downloand Pledge Form

 

Buy Dan Patch A Pound of Clay

unrecognizable potter master preparing the clayWant to pay for one of Dan Patch’s hooves at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds?

You can by simply donating $10 or more to The Dan Patch Project.

Sculptor Alexa King will need 2000 pounds of clay to create the sculptures of Dan Patch at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and of he and M.W. Savage in the city of Savage.

That’s literally a ton of clay.

One pound of clay costs $5.

If just 100 people donated $20 each, we would could pay for enough clay for not only a hoof, but the horse, cart, driver, sulky, and M.W. Savage sculptures.

Of course, there are other expenses involved.

But clay is one of the most important.

Every donation counts. You may not think small contributions matter, but they do.

Please download the pledge form and help buy a pound, 10 pounds, or a ton of clay. You can choose to make your payment now, or, if you prefer, contribute over a period of years. As always, your donation is tax deductible.

Download Dan Patch Pledge Form

The Minnesota State Fair starts just over a month from today.  Let’s help Dan Patch race again.

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Patch Remembered On Somber Anniversary

danpatch01One hundred years ago today, we lost the great horse Dan Patch.

And just 32 hours later, his owner, M.W. Savage passed away from heart failure.

Dan Patch’s record for the one mile pace was equalled in 1936, but not beaten until 1960. At the time of his retirement in 1909 he held nine world’s records and had never been beaten.

In a time of no radio, television, film, telephones, or Internet, every where he went he drew crowds of 90,000 people or more.

Perhaps that’s because his owner, M.W. Savage, was the first to see value in athletes like Dan Patch endorsing products, putting his image and name on everything from chewing tobacco to children’s records.

It’s hard to believe a horse who the nation adored is buried an unmarked grave in Savage, Minn.

There isn’t a bronze sculpture to be found commemorating his legendary achievements and the dreams they inspired.

Please consider pledging support for the creation of a permanent memorial for the great horse by downloading the pledge form or going to our GiveMn.org page today.

Download Dan Patch Pledge Form

Dan Patch Sets Ambitious Fundraising Goal

Project aims to raise $100,00 by the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

Project aims to raise $100,00 by the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

Dan Patch Pledge Form

With just less than two months before the start of the Minnesota State Fair, the Dan Patch Project has set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in pledged donations toward the creation and installation of the sculpture before Fair visitors devour their first bucket of Sweet Martha’s Cookies.

Donors may make a one time tax deductible contribution, or split their donation (and tax deductions) over a multi-year period. Funds will be collected at the end of each year, until the project’s total goal of $1.5 million is achieved.

Pledges of $1000 or more will receive acknowledgement on the sculpture’s base.

The 1.5 times life sized sculpture of Dan Patch and his driver will be at the State Fair’s West End Transit Hub, facing the Grandstand finish line. The location is the site of the paddock where Dan Patch was harnessed before his record setting pace.

A secondary installation celebrating the kinship between Dan Patch and his owner, M.W. Savage, will be installed in front of the public library in Savage, Minn., where the great horse is buried.

The artist selected for the project is Alexa King, whose work has been featured at horse venues and in private collections nationwide. Her best known works include her bronze of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro at Churchill Downs.

The projects have been approved by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, Dan Patch Historical Society, city of Savage, and descendants of both Dan Patch’s breeder, Daniel Messner, and his final owner, M.W. Savage.

Commit to helping Dan Patch race again by downloading the donor pledge form and returning it to: danpatchproject@gmail.com or the address identified on the form.

If you are unable to help monetarily at this time, The Dan Patch Project also welcomes volunteers.

 

 

Why Dan Patch Was Secretariat’s Equal

Secretariat Heads Toward the Finish Line

Secretariat Heads Toward the Finish Line

It’s Preakness day; that happy day in May when there is still hope of a Triple Crown winner and racing immortality.

As you watch the coverage leading up to today’s race, you may hear the race record was set by Secretariat in 1973. His initial time was 1:55; which was later disputed and changed to 1:53.

This record, along with Secretariat’s times in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont have now stood for 43 years.

Since none of us had the chance to see Dan Patch race in person, it is often difficult to comprehend how great this horse was. And yet, Secretariats records help us put him in context.

Dan Patch’s Minnesota State Fair record time of 1:55 for the one mile pace wasn’t beaten for 55 years.

That’s how great Dan Patch was. Secretariat great.

It takes a near mythological horse to capture a nation’s imagination for decades, or in the case of Dan Patch, a century.

Secretariat has been honored with bronzes at the Belmont, and the Kentucky Horse Park.

Doesn’t Dan Patch deserve the same?

Dan Patch And Prince Had A Lot In Common

Prince and Dan PatchAt our booth at the Minnesota Horse Expo, we realized Dan Patch was a lot like Prince.

Everyone in Minnesota has a Prince story. We may have seen him surprise everyone (even the band) by walking on stage to play with a band, run into him at a restaurant, or even been in the crowd at First Avenue when he filmed “Purple Rain”.

As it turns out, many people’s grandparents had similar stories; except there’s weren’t about Prince. They were about the great horse, Dan Patch.

Countless people told us how their grandparents had been at the Minnesota State Fair the day he set the record for the one mile pace, how their father had owned a son or daughter of Dan Patch, or that when their grandparents passed, they inherited a cherished, framed painting or print of Dan Patch that had hung in a bedroom or living room for years.

Dan Patch, and the memories of family members who loved him and passed on his legend made people smile.

I don’t even have to wonder whether there will one day be a bronze of Prince somewhere in downtown Minneapolis. In fact, just yesterday I saw a Facebook post about someone trying to do just that.

Prince has been gone just a week, however. The thought of a sculpture of him may be premature.

Dan Patch, however, has been gone a century. Needless to say, his bronze is overdue.

To donate to the Dan Patch Project, just click on GiveMN.org. Or, if you prefer, make your tax deductible donation payable to our fiscal sponsor: Springboard for the Arts, 308 Prince Street, Suite 270, St Paul, MN 55101. Be sure to write “Dan Patch Project” in the memo section.

Where To See Dan Patch At The Minnesota Horse Expo

West End Transit Hub at Minnesota State Fairgrounds - site for Dan Patch sculpture.

West End Transit Hub at Minnesota State Fairgrounds – site for Dan Patch sculpture.

When you visit the Minnesota Horse Expo this weekend, two questions may cross your mind. The first may be, “Where, exactly, is the sculpture of Dan Patch going to be installed if fundraising efforts are successful?”

The Fairgrounds West End Transit Hub is at the west end of the Grandstand, just up the hill from the intersection of Dan Patch Avenue and Liggett. Appropriately, the site sits on ground where the paddock once stood, and in all likelihood, where Dan Patch himself was harnessed before he raced.

Sixty percent of the Fair’s 1.8 million annual visitors enter through this gate, meaning Dan Patch would be on hand to greet them all.

And where can you see the maquette of Dan Patch, meet sculptor Alexa King, and make a donation for the statue?

The Dan Patch Project will be located in the Coliseum, in booth C 114.

We will have coffee mugs, tshirts and sweatshirts available for purchase.

Tax deductible donations may also be made through our fiscal sponsor, Springboard for the Arts.

Dan Patch Returns to the Fairgrounds

Dan Patch Heads HomeThe Dan Patch Project will celebrate Dan Patch’s return to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds when they unveil sculptor Alexa King’s maquette during the 2016 Minnesota Horse Expo, April 22-24.

The maquette, which is a sculptor’s “rough draft” of what will evolve into the finished sculpture will ultimately look like, is currently 1/12th the size of that of the final work. The next “draft” will be 1/6th the size and as sizes increase, so too does the detail on the piece.

The Dan Patch Project will be in booth C114 inside the Coliseum. Be sure to stop by and see the maquette, make a tax deductible donation or purchase a commemorative horse shoe or shirt.

All proceeds go toward the creation and installation of a permanent bronze sculpture of Dan Patch at the Fairgrounds West End Transit Hub.