Rob Hanson

NOTE: The Rob Hanson Memorial Benefit has been held, but NDAD's Rob Hanson fund remains open for donations.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the Oct. 18 benefit in East Grand Forks in memory of Rob Hanson, the 58-year-old Grand Forks native who died in Aug. 28 in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., while awaiting suitable donor organs for heart and kidney transplants.

The benefit, sponsored by NDAD with additional sponsor support from Thrivent Financial, featured a taco-in-a-bag meal, silent auction, baked goods sale, music from The Glory Notes and more.

Poster for Rob Hanson Memorial Benefit

Robert "Rob" Craig Hanson was the father of three adult children and married to his wife, Shelley, for 33 years. His survivors also include his son Logan (Jessica), daughter Kelsey and son Dylan; his mom, Carrie Hanson; and his sister, Rae Ann Hanson.

The fundraiser had been in the works at the time of Rob's passing and was, in fact, the third NDAD-sponsored fundraising event this year for Rob. All proceeds will be used toward funeral expenses and to help offset considerable medical and medical travel bills.

If you couldn't attend the memorial benefit and still wish to help Rob's family, you're invited to send a donation to NDAD, c/o Rob Hanson Memorial, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Make your check payable to NDAD and write "Rob Hanson Memorial" on your check's memo line.

Or, click the gold "Donate Now" button on the top of this fundraising page to make a donation using your PayPal account or a credit card.

NDAD's support came through its free Community Fundraisers Program. Learn more at or by calling your nearest NDAD office ( Thank you.


Rob Hanson Memorial Benefit - Oct. 18, 2018
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Karen Schelinder followed a path of helping others, ever since she served as a Lutheran church parish worker in the 1960s. When someone sought help, her philosophy had been simple. “There’s a reason they need it,” said Schelinder, told NDAD in an early 2013 interview. Karen died the following year at age 66.   In the ...
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