Forward Foundation Rummage Sale - Bemidji


On Saturday, June1 we held a rummage sale at Insure Forward in Bemidji with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Forward Foundation. The rummage sale went very well and was a great community event to help spread the word about our cause!


bemidji-insure-forward-bank-forward-rummage-sale-forward-foundationRummage sale was moved inside due to inclement weather!


The mission of Forward Foundation is to support children experiencing a life-threatening health crisis by providing financial assistance to eliminate financial obstacles in order to radically transform the financial future of the children and their families. Forward Foundation is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


I placed this “vague” ad in our local paper under the Garage Sale classifieds, as well as a 1x3 ad in the free paper that goes out in Bemidji and many of the smaller communities around the area:

Multi party! Saturday only, 7-4. 809 Paul Bunyan Dr S. All proceeds benefit Forward Foundation to help children with a life threatening illness.


The weather was cold and rainy, not a good day for rummaging. Bill Baumgartner was very gracious and allowed us to hold it in the lobby of our office if we had inclement weather. We had a lot of stuff donated to our cause from our wonderful Bemidji staff, so much that I was wondering if we would get rid of it all – the entire lobby was full and we even had tables in between our display pillars. For those who have been to our lakeside office, I think you know where I’m talking about. Those who haven’t, our location used to be a realty office and it’s where they displayed their listings. Anyway, things were priced to sell. It started off slow but it wasn't long before cars started to arrive in what seemed like groups!! After it was all said and done:

  • We made about $574 for the Foundation.
  • We answered questions about the Foundation.
  • We handed out some informative brochures on the Foundation.
  • One lady couldn't find anything to buy but she donated to our cause anyway!!
  • One gentleman only took stuff from our free box and donated to our cause anyway!!
  • What was left we donated to the Disabled American Veterans, they came and picked it all up right after the sale – our leftovers fit into their older conversion van!!


I am so thankful to everyone who contributed their belongings, time, baked goods, muscles and creative talents for this event. Everything went to 2 very good causes ranging from the ‘young’ to the ‘old’ – all bases covered!


Bemidji has two additional promotions for Forward Foundation coming up - our cookbooks (which all locations are helping promote) and Swim for a Cause, which will be held in August. Please contact me, Rhonda Bahr, or Dana Wolff with any questions. Thanks again everyone – you are appreciated more than I can ever express!!


Rhonda Bahr, CISR
Quality Specialist
Insure Forward, Bemidji

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