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Cully's Kids: Saying Goodbye, Thank You

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While some young hockey players have had their dreams come true this weekend other's have been busy making dreams of our own area's youth come true. This weekend marks the final Cully's Kid's celebrity weekend. It's the last of a ten year run that's exceeded everyone's wildest dreams.

Moorhead native and former Minnesota Wild Matt Cullen and his wife originally started their foundation after Matt's own brother battled cancer. The dream then became a weekend focused at fundraising for local children.

"The biggest thing that comes to my mind is that [Matt and Bridget] had the courage and conviction to start something like that," Matt's dad Terry Cullen said.

"I think we take more out of it than anyone else does because we love being around the kids and having fun," Matt Cullen said. "So we leave very thankful for everyone supporting us and allowing us to do this and help the kids around here and get to know the kids. It's been a really special thing for us." 

The event has brought out major names from the NHL, both past and present. A regular at the event has been current Wild forward Zach Parise.

"It's a great family," Parise said of the Cullen family. "They're just a world class family and they [are] one of the most generous people you're going to meet."

The local Moorhead hockey family has been equally as supportive.

"[They're amazing] for all the work they put in every year," current free agent and former Spud Chris VandeVeldee said at Friday's golf event. "It's not only Matt, it's Bridget, Matt's dad, it's everyone in this area. Definitely special and it's kind of sad it's the last year." 

It's been a group effort to join together and raise money but even more importantly raise some spirits of some brave kids fighting some tough battles.

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