Burgess to host 4th Annual SMART Challenge Ride to benefit students of Bethlehem Academy


MINNEAPOLIS, MN—From July 30th to August 1st, Joe Burgess, Financial Advisor at North Star Resource Group, will co-host the 4th Annual SMART Challenge Ride in Faribault, MN. The SMART Challenge Ride is a three-day bike ride for charity, benefiting both current and prospective students in need of tuition assistance at Bethlehem Academy. Burgess is an alumnus of the Catholic school located in Faribault—a town of 20,000 in southern Minnesota.

SMART stands for Southern Minnesota Alternating Route Tour, meaning that each year, riders embark on a different route within Southern Minnesota. Always starting and ending on the steps of Bethlehem Academy, the total distance of the ride amounts to about 250 miles. Burgess co-founded the Ride along with Franz Boelter, Director of Institutional Advancement at Bethlehem Academy, and Sherri Langfeldt, former President/Principal of Bethlehem Academy, in order to create an activity focused on the tight-knit community present within the school. During the inaugural year of the ride, only Burgess and the school’s principal participated in the ride, raising $3,000. Now, the ride has increased to 22 riders with an annual goal of $50,000. All proceeds go to tuition support for students that otherwise may be unable to attend the school.

This year’s ride, to take place from July 30th to August 1st, will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the school. To sponsor Joe, visit http://www.smartchallenge.myevent.com/participant/201109. Donations are tax deductible and 100% of pledges go directly into the financial assistance fund at Bethlehem Academy.

Read more about Joe’s experience of the ride at http://www.northstarfinancial.com/find_an_advisor/joseph-burgess/250-miles-faith-fellowship-philanthropy/!

About North Star Resource Group
North Star Resource Group is a Minneapolis-based financial services firm that provides both individuals and businesses with the resources to help create, preserve and protect their wealth. North Star has more than 120 full time advisors and over 140 team members. In a network of 44 offices in 22 states, they have contributed to the financial security and well being of over 120,000 individuals and small businesses. To learn more about North Star Resource Group, visit www.NorthStarFinancial.com.

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North Star Resource Group offers securities and investment advisory services through CRI Securities, LLC and Securian Financial Services, Inc.  Members FINRA/SIPC.  CRI Securities, LLC is affiliated with Securian Financial Services, Inc. and North Star Resource Group. North Star Resource Group is not affiliated with Securian Financial Services, Inc. North Star Resource Group is independently owned and operated.

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For Immediate Release

Kristen Bernsteen
PR & Social Media Specialist
North Star Resource Group


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