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Wendy Reuer, Published September 05 2013

CCRI video aimed at attracting Taylor Swift brings in donations from across ND, Minnesota

MOORHEAD – Staff and clients of Creative Care for Reaching Independence held out hope Taylor Swift would arrive at Thursday’s 5K & Walk ‘n’ Roll-a-thon here.

A group from CCRI made a video last month asking the country music star to attend their largest fundraising event of the year, one night before her sold out performance at the Fargodome.

The superstar known for surprising fans and appeasing their requests to show at random events couldn’t make it this time. But people from across Minnesota and North Dakota who saw the video didn’t let it go unnoticed.

That included LuAnn Solberg of Belfield, N.D. She bought six concert tickets to see Swift as a Sweet 16 birthday present for her daughter, Rachel.

But homecoming at Rachel’s high school was rescheduled to this weekend and Rachel decided to attend the school event instead of traveling across the state to Fargo.

Solberg said she considered selling the tickets, but remembered hearing about CCRI”s quest to attract Swift’s attention.

Solberg and her daughter agreed the tickets should be given to CCRI.

“I would rather give them to somebody who would enjoy it,” Solberg said. “They are such special people. I just thought I would make somebody’s day if I could.”

CCRI Executive Director Shannon Bock said Solberg certainly made the day for those at CCRI.

The original video made for Swift has attracted more than 15,900 views. The video, set to Swift’s song “22,” features the dance moves of CCRI clients, and community faces such as Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland (doing the “Voxtrot”), Fargo firefighters, a Moorhead police sergeant and F-M Ambulance crew members.

The video was passed along to Swift’s handlers, including her publicist, who contacted CCRI.

“Her publicist called me to confirm that they had gotten my message,” Bock said.

While the publicist didn’t confirm Swift would show, she didn’t say “no” either, Bock said.

The idea to solicit Swift came after a planning meeting for the 5K & Walk ’n Roll-a-thon.

“Honestly, it was in jest because you never think it could happen,” Bock said.

Thursday’s event was designed to raise awareness for people with disabilities and is the largest fundraiser of the year for CCRI. This year, the event also helped kick off Greater Moorhead Days.

CCRI is a nonprofit support system for people with disabilities. It serves more than 360 clients in Clay County with a staff of about 425.

Bock said several people from across Minnesota and North Dakota have offered donations and gifts to CCRI since the video was posted.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530