feet of the founders of 12 Bars of Christmas
Shoes: Ugg, Converse All Stars, Teva Sandals
In 2004, Jake Bland, Kyle Smith, and Jeremy Braun created the 12 Bars of Christmas bar crawl for fun. They donned Christmas shirts and invited 50 of their friends to hit 12 downtown Minneapolis bars with them. Eleven years later, the crawl attracts crowds of more than 5,000 and raises money for sick children.
Attendees pay about $20 for a shirt, which gets them exclusive drink specials at participating bars, all within walking distance of Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Profits are used to buy toys and electronics for patients at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Since 2007, the first year the crawl made enough money for a significant donation, the event has raised $74,000.
"The guys and I love buying cool things for the kids from their wish lists each year," says Bland. "We buy a lot, and stores like Best Buy often throw in extras for the kids for free, which is really amazing." Dec. 5.