Mike Wright Memorial

Honoring Mike Wright

In the days after Team8 Co-Founder Mike Wright, there was a tremendous outpouring of love and support of the organization he helped to form to Climb to promote wellness and research and to elevate and celebrate those affected by kidney cancer.

Many of those who contributed wanted to share messages of support for Mike and his family.

Running total: $29,151.26! Thank you!

Name Donation Amount Message to Mike/Family:
Andrew Iskoe $100.00 My friendship with Mike arose from his participation in Las Vegas football contests over the past decade.  He would visit each summer to enter the contests and I would be his proxy to submit his selections each week.  We would get together for a few hours and often enjoy a meal and some good natured conversation.  His friend John would often join us.  Mike’s intelligence, warmth, passion and sense of humor always shone through and I looked forward to his yearly visits.  He will be missed but I have many fond memories of our association that always have me smiling.
Catherine O’Neill $100.00 what a wonderful celebration of Mike’s life.
Andrew/Britt/Carly/Crystal/Ryan/Thomas Peters/Teply/Plaskin/Silva/Crain/Lee $450.00 Our deepest condolences for your loss. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to a great cause and honor Mike’s memory. – Molly Wright’s team at Wells Fargo (Andrew Peters, Britt Teply Carlson, Carly Plaskin, Crystal Silva, Ryan Crain, Thomas Lee)
Jackie and Paul Ottoson $200.00 Hello – Mike and I met when I was at Famous Dave’s.  I have always thought the world of him. It was my honor to know him. Samantha, your dad introduced us a few years ago.  Hope you are doing great.

I am so sorry for your loss.  Jackie

Bay Valley Team $250.00 Our deepest sympathies from the entire Bay Valley Team.  Matt DeWan, Chris Bacos, Steve Wagner, Mike White, and Jackie Bergquist
Ron and Sharon Dornfeld $50.00 Our deepest sympathy to the family from John and Steph’s parents.
Anonymous $200.00 Mike was such a light in my life.  After meeting and working together at Famous Dave’s we stayed in touch and he was always generous with his time, his opinion and his dry humor!  I will forever remember his traits and his good looks, especially the “Edgar Winter phase” as we called it.
Mueller-Yurgae (Bob) Gostomski $100.00 Our company is very sorry to hear about Mike.  Our deepest condolences are shared with you at this time.  Our company has proudly sold Famous Products in the Des Moines/Omaha area for years.  Mike was a great guy to work with.  He will be missed by all of us.
Anonymous $200.00
Jim and Julie McMerty $100.00 We love our lovely neighbor Susan and send our sympathies to Susan and her family.
Molly Kelly $50.00 Mike was an exceptional person and Father.   What an inspiration!
Arturo Gutierrez, MD $100.00 Fond memories of Mike. He lived with intent and vigor, despite it all.
MIchelle Schlehuber $100.00 Our daughter is friends with Camden.  We express our deepest sympathy to your entire family for the loss of Mike.  He was an amazing man and his dedication to his family serves as an inspiration.  We offer your family our love, prayers, and support.  We will remember Mike’s legacy and fighting spirit.
James Cahn $250.00 Adam&Hunter – So sorry to hear about your loss.  Thinking of you guys. Jim and Jeremy
Johna Neal-Baker $50.00 My heart breaks for you all. I didn’t know Mike, but have always heard wonderful things about him from my dear friend, his sister Jennifer. Praying for you all.
John, Mariann & Sara Magnuson $100.00
Anne and Dirk Parmley $100.00 Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Love, Anne and Dirk

Forum 34 $600.00 In honor of Mike, an exceptional father and big brother. Our hearts are with you all as you celebrate Mike’s life. From your Forum 34 family.

All our love,

Mike Kenefick, Brad Pieper, Ben Gray, Jared Hawkinson, Raj Mahajan, and Randy Rempp.

Bill Wolfe $50.00
Bruce OBrien $250.00
Cornie and Betty Ann Wiens $50.00 Thinking of you all at this sad time.  Know you will all miss him greatly.  He sounded like a wonderful man.  You are all lucky to have had him as part of your family.
Anonymous $50.00
Anonymous $150.00 Samantha, Michael and Camden,

We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous $1,000.00 Mike’s determination and grace during his time of suffering is an inspiration to all. He will be remembered and cherished as a true friend and leader. He was truly “One of a Kind.”
Anonymous $500.00 We are very sorry about your loss. Please accept this donation to help further kidney cancer research and advocacy in honor of Mike’s courageous battle.
Stephany Danna $200.00 So sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. I hope his legacy lives on for years to come and Climb 4 Kidney Cancer is able to positively effect many lives in his honor.
Peter Birkeland $50.00 On the passing of Mike, we hope that this small gift will help with his legacy.
Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. $1,000.00 Wright Family,

Our deepest sympathies during this time of loss. Mike will be missed by many.  May you all find peace and love in the memories you cherish.

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc.

Barbara and Lloyd Sigel $20.00 Feeling great sadness upon learning of Mike’s untimely death.
MMM Investments $100.00 MMM Investments would like to express our sincere condolences to the family.
The Jakubowicz Family $150.00 Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Dean, Julie, John, Claire and Ben Jakubowicz

Alan Eidsness $150.00 So sorry for your loss. Mike was a wonderful person who loved his children deeply. His family will miss him and those of us who worked with him will miss him as well. Quite an entrepreneurial genius!
Jeff and Linda Noddle $100.00 We were in Europe when we heard news. It is unimaginable the loss of a child.  We reach out to offer our sincere condolences. Another example of life being short and to make the most with it with friends and family.
Dan & Marjorie Cloeter $40.00 May you all be inspired by Mike’s perseverance, and experience God’s peace at this challenging time.
Julie and Jim Wohlford $200.00 So sorry we will not be able to support you in person this year. I hope the event is an amazing success.
 Santrizos Family $50.00 Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Wright Family from a fellow STA family
Ron Cordie $100.00 It was a great honor and pleasure to work with Mike for 16+ years building the Famous Products business. He was a great man and leader and will be missed. Rest in Peace Famous Mike!
Julie and Brian Palmer $150.00
Susie and Hal Goldstein $50.00
Steve & Dayan Harlamert $200.00
CATHERINE & DOUGLAS GOALEY $25.00 This is a wonderful way to honor Mike.
Tricia and Dan Braun $200.00 I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mike as such a fun and interesting person who was kind and funny and had time for his younger sister’s friends! I always thought Mike was such a special person. He was an inspiration, both in the way he lived his life and the way he confronted his cancer. I am sending you my love and prayers at this difficult time! Love, Tricia
Ottar Schmitz $50.00
The Casale Family $250.00 We hope your Mike memories make you smile 🙂
Bob/Nancy Kintz $1,000.00
Cady Pagel $10.00
William and Karen Stoll $100.00 We feel privileged to be able to donate to a cause so dear to Mike. May his memory live on.
Mike and Judy Wright $5,000.00
Amanda Kkreider $100.00 Molly and Family. We want to honor your brother/uncle with a tribute. What a gift he left for survivors with this cause. With his passing may there be an increased awareness for the disease and a cure.
Holly Blanchette $50.00 I am so sorry for your loss! Thank you for your support of others in raising money to find a cure during your own difficult time.
Kris van Osnabrugge $100.00 In honor of Mike and in support of our friends, the Lanies.
THEODORE BONNETT $250.00 So Happy to attend and be a part of Mike’s legacy to raise awareness for this issue
Famous Dave Anderson $1,000.00 To the family of Mike Wright… on behalf of the Anderson’s we wanted to make a donation to a cause that was important to Mike. Although with  my bum wheel I am not able to do the stairs. Mike was very close to me all the years and in many ways he was encouraging, supportive, and my confidant. My family and I will miss him but I will always share what a driven “Can Do” entrepreneur that had his thumbprints all over Famous Dave’s success. Love you guys… Rib-O-Licously the family of Famous Dave Anderson
Carrie Brown-Wolf $40.00
Katherine Collins $50.00 So sorry for your loss!
Nicole Slattery $100.00 Thinking of you
Aaron Milbank $500.00
Lili Hall Scarpa $250.00