Mike Wright Memorial

Honoring Mike Wright

In the days after Team8 Co-Founder Mike Wright passed away, there was a tremendous outpouring of love and support for the organization he helped to establish with the Mission “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: $32,171.21! Thank you!

Name Donation Amount Message to Mike’s Family
Mike and Judy Wright $5,000.00
Drew Pluhar $1,000.00 I’ll miss Mike a lot and have lots of fond memories of him.  I have kept him and his family in his prayers and we are proud to support his legacy.
Bob/Nancy Kintz $1,000.00
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
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.

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.

Sean McAdams $500.00 I am saddened by the loss of Mike. I was on the trip to Devils Tower and got to know him as a great man. His love for his family stood out in our conversations. His effort towards the climb was inspiring.
Aaron Milbank $500.00
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)
Alex Adams $425.00 This year in lieu of homecoming flowers, my friends and I wore cancer awareness ribbons in Mike’s honor. Please accept our deepest condolences and  this donation. Our prayers are with you.

Alex Adams, McClain Beaudette, Matthew Boland, Joey Bushlack, Joe D’Agostino, Raleigh Droel, Jack Fenlon, Sean Flynn, Jacob Goldade, Jack Griffin,

Bennett Hansen, Wyatt Isaak, Gus Johnson, John King, Max Kueppers, Murphy Lynch, Mitchell MacDonald, Ben Reppenhagen,Gabe Shrek and Jackson Smith

The Casale Family $250.00 We hope your Mike memories make you smile 🙂
THEODORE BONNETT $250.00 So Happy to attend and be a part of Mike’s legacy to raise awareness for this issue
Lili Hall Scarpa $250.00
James Cahn $250.00 Adam&Hunter – So sorry to hear about your loss.  Thinking of you guys. Jim and Jeremy
Bruce OBrien $250.00
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.
Steve & Dayan Harlamert $200.00
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
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

Julie and Brian Palmer $150.00
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!
The Jakubowicz Family $150.00 Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Dean, Julie, John, Claire and Ben Jakubowicz

Jane Boller $100.00
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.
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.
Kris van Osnabrugge $100.00 In honor of Mike and in support of our friends, the Lanies.
Nicole Slattery $100.00 Thinking of you
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.
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!
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.
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.
Jim and Julie McMerty $100.00 We love our lovely neighbor Susan and send our sympathies to Susan and her family.
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.
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

Stephany Danna $100.00 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.
Stephany Danna $100.00 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.
MMM Investments $100.00 MMM Investments would like to express our sincere condolences to the family.
Ottar Schmitz $50.00
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.
Katherine Collins $50.00 So sorry for your loss!
 Santrizos Family $50.00 Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Wright Family from a fellow STA family
Susie and Hal Goldstein $50.00
Ron and Sharon Dornfeld $50.00 Our deepest sympathy to the family from John and Steph’s parents.
Molly Kelly $50.00 Mike was an exceptional person and Father.   What an inspiration!
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.
Bill Wolfe $50.00
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
Peter A Birkeland Birkeland $50.00 On the passing of Mike, we hope that this small gift will help with his legacy.
Carrie Brown-Wolf $40.00
Dan & Marjorie Cloeter $40.00 May you all be inspired by Mike’s perseverance, and experience God’s peace at this challenging time.
CATHERINE & DOUGLAS GOALEY $25.00 This is a wonderful way to honor Mike.
Barbara and Lloyd Sigel $20.00 Feeling great sadness upon learning of Mike’s untimely death.
Cady Pagel $10.00