The Powerful and Unique Experience Participating in BIO Girls
One of the unique aspects of RDO Caters Taters for Charity is the charity itself. Every year, a new organization is chosen as the beneficiary. For guests and sponsors, this presents a great chance to spread around their support to various, deserving causes, as well as learn about more local non-profits. For the RDO team, the benefits are the same, yet the impact can feel even greater. That is because it is common for at least one team member to have a personal experience with the benefiting charity. This year is no exception, with BIO Girls impacting several team members, including Vice President of Customer Support, Jeff Lemna. Bringing Out the Best Upon meeting Morgan Lemna, you would probably think she is a typical fourth grader. She enjoys being with friends, attends school, and likes to play games. Shy at first, she opens up when asked about her family’s summer vacation to Alaska. “We went out on a boat and saw a humpback whale,” she says, her eyes lighting up a bit as she shares this memorable experience. As anyone with kids – or who can recall their own childhood years – knows, young people often do things because their friends are doing it. Morgan herself joined BIO Girls for this exact reason, to spend more time with friends. While she certainly got that out of the program, BIO Girls helped Morgan develop more than friendships. Morgan’s father, Jeff, is one of the 85.7 percent of parents who can say he saw positive effects in areas of his daughter’s life. He would say she is one of those 7 out of 10 BIO Girls participants who experienced a significant increase in self-esteem. And he is among the 100 percent of parents who would recommend the program to others. The BIO Girls Experience Having virtually no knowledge of the program prior to Morgan joining, Jeff was not sure what to expect from BIO Girls. Very quickly though, he began to see the program at work. In addition to her enjoyment attending each week, he was pleasantly surprised to see his daughter shine in one of the key areas of the program: running. “Running became her thing,” Jeff recalls. “She found out quickly that it was something she was good at, she was fast, and it brought out this drive in her.” One of the primary areas of focus of the BIO Girls program, the running aspect is intended to teach the girls accountability, goal-setting, and how to manage stress and anxiety. Additionally, they reap the rewards of accomplishment and hard-earned success, with the culmination of their work resulting in a 5k run they complete alongside their mentors and fellow participants. “Morgan had participated in other types of physical activities but had yet to find one she really liked,” Jeff said. BIO Girls exposed her to running and brought out a healthy competitive side of her that he hadn’t seen. He was particularly pleased to see her take such an interest in running, as it is an activity he also enjoys. “I liked that it was something we could do together,” he said. And as for friendships, the main reason she joined the program to begin with, Morgan still highlights her experience making new friends as one of her favorite parts of BIO Girls. She recently participated in her second year of the program and plans to participate again. Getting More, Reaching More When Morgan joined BIO Girls, she may have done so for a typical reason. But her experience in the program was anything but typical, which is one of the most exciting things about BIO Girls. With evidence-based and research-proven curriculum, spread across four areas of focus, the program is designed to bring out something special in each participant. By 2025, BIO Girls is aiming to increase those participation numbers. In North Dakota alone, the team’s goal is to reach 3,500 girls. Through the support of guests, sponsors, and volunteers at RDO Caters Taters, BIO Girls will take a few steps – fast, running steps – towards achieving that goal. -- Join us for RDO Caters Taters for Charity, Tuesday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo. 100 percent of proceeds benefit BIO Girls. Interested in sponsorship? Find out more about the benefits sponsors receive for their generous support of RDO Caters Taters for Charity - visit our Support page. See event photos and special updates by following RDO Caters Taters on Facebook and RDO Caters Taters on Instagram.
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