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Thanks Mayo Clinic Division of Hospital Internal Medicine

School supplys 2015-16

We at Rochester Better Chance would like to thank Dr Lakisha Jones and the great folks at the Mayo Clinic, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine for donating school supplies for the 2015-16 school year. This is the third year in a row they have done this and it is a big help. The scholars can hit the ground running with all the supplies they need to start school. It is generosity like this that has kept RBC going for over 40 years in Rochester. Thanks!

Summer Concert Sunday July 19th!!!!!

We are having a summer concert fundraiser for  RBC. The concert will be this Sunday July 19th from 1:00 till 4:00 at Squash Blossom Farm in Douglas Mn. The show is free but we will be accepting donations and we will have copies of the WinterFest Gospel CD for sale.

When we had our Winter Fest concert in February, several of the performers said they thought it would be fun to have a concert in the summer so we decided to give it a try.

So get your lawn chair and come out and see Brittany Bly, Becky Schlegel, Brass Etc, and the Mass Gospel Choir. We plan to have lemonade and cookies for sale.

2015 Litter Bit Better


Well, another year and another litter bit better.  The crew at RBC picked up trash at the park by St Mary’s  hospital.

Every donation dollar is matched!

It is with excitement I announce the opportunity for the Better Chance House to receive matching donations from the Otto Bremer Foundation.   The Bremer Foundation has offered to match donations in the month of March up to a total match of $100,000.  The RBC House is one of 45 different organizations in South Eastern MN who will receive a matching grant.  The Match will last until a total donation of $1,000,000 has been reached on a first come, first matched basis.
We realize you have donated to this worthy organization in the past, and we once again ask for your support.  Opportunities like this are special to any Non-Profit organization and the Scholars here in Rochester could use your support once again.
The House has an operating budget of $80,000 annually.  This Matching Grant will allow the House to fund it’s annual expenses and hopefully create a buffer that was depleted with the upgrade assessment to 2nd St. SW.

To complete a matching grant, please go to:

With Gratitude,

Andrew Dunn, Board President

The RBC family is one of the family’s in this exhibit

What does family mean to me? What does family look like?
Photo & Story Exhibition

January 15 – February 28
Venue: Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Gallery
Open during the events and the Civic Theatre box office hours: Mon – Fri, 11AM – 3PM.

On display in the lobby gallery, photo portraits by photographer Ann Eldredge with accompanying stories; both reflecting the spirit and personality of a variety of family configurations. Images and words by the public will be added during the run of the exhibit. You will want to come back again and again!

Admission free.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Second Annual Rochester Better Chance WinterFest Gospel Concert February 15th

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The 2nd annual  Rochester Better Chance WnterFest  gospel concert will be held February 15th, 2015 Meet and greet at 6:00 and the concert starts at 6:30 PM at Christ United Methodist Church In Rochester. Make sure you have it on your calendar. If you came last year you know you will not want to miss it this year and if you missed it last year you will want to be sure to make it this year. We have lots of great music lined up from Bluegrass music by Heath Loy, the best banjo player I have ever played with, and His lovely talented wife Becky, the fabulous Anthony Cook, Brass Etc, The Caledonia Bagpipe band,  The infamous “Nodding Wild Onions”, Dan Woolley on the grand new organ and the full-blown Martin Luther King Mass Community Choir! just to name a few of the acts on the bill.

Get your free tickets here, Free! Yes Free, we are making the tickets free so all can come and enjoy. We will be asking for a freewill offering at the show. This is a fundraiser for RBC.


Update on KickStarter!

Thanks to generous support from the community, our KickStarter program has been fully funded, so we will be making a CD of this years show and it will be available as soon as we can after the show. We will be preselling the CD’s at the show.


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