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This year, it's all in the cards

Courage Cards returns focus on holiday greeting cards with the personal touch

MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 19, 2011) – Since the first card was sent in 1958, Courage Cards have been a way to show you care – about your business customers, friends and family – as well as people with disabilities. This year, Courage Cards returns to its primary focus of selling high quality, fine art greeting cards to support the work of Courage Center, helping people with disabilities realize their full potential.

Thousands of Courage Cards are sent each year by businesses, organizations, and individuals. One hundred percent of the net profits support Courage Center, which helps children and adults with disabilities lead better, more active and independent lives. To date, Courage Cards has raised more than $6 million for Courage Center.

The 2011 Courage Card collection features 27 new original designs and 43 classics created by acclaimed and talented artists, most with disabilities, from around the globe, including 27 from Minnesota. Our wide variety of holiday cards include traditional and modern images and messages, city skylines, winter landscapes and religious art. To view and order from the multitude of choices, visit Courage Cards’ online store at

Stop by any weekday to one of two seasonal Courage Cards Shops to purchase boxed and individual cards. Shops will be located within Courage Center Golden Valley (3915 Golden Valley Road, Nov. 1 – Dec. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Courage Center St. Croix (1460 Curve Blvd. W., Stillwater, Nov. 8 – Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Courage Cards will also be available at our retail partners who generously give 100% of the proceeds back to Courage Center. Community partners who carry Courage Cards in the Twin Cities metro area include: Bachman’s, Byerly’s, Gerten’s and Lunds.

Courage Cards are made in the U.S.A. and produced of high quality card stock from well-managed forests, using recycled fiber, and on acid- and chlorine-free paper. Many are customizable and can be imprinted with your return address and signature, to save you time. Bulk pricing is available, so the more you buy, the more you can save. Ordering is easy and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Plus, sending Courage Cards with your personal greeting and hand writing will be appreciated by your recipient in this day and age of e-cards, text messaging and social media postings.

About Courage Center

Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. At Courage Center, we specialize in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth. Founded in 1928, Minneapolis-based Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors. For more information, please visit


Contact: Laura Brooks

2011 Minnesota Artists


Yarrow Brown, Winona

Barbara Elder, Orono

Patty Glumack, Eden Prairie


Betty Caithness, Waseca

Carolyn Cardle, Edina

Nancy Patrick Carney, Minneapolis

Andrew Evansen, Vermillion

Lisa Fertig, Arden Hills

Susan Fink, St. Louis Park

Marie Hammond, St. Paul

H. Hargrove, Minneapolis

LouAnn Hoppe, White Bear Lake

Susan Kennedy, Rochester

Lavona Keskey, Plymouth

Amy Larson, Park Rapids

Kairon Liu, Eagan

Rita MacDonald, Stillwater

James Meger, Minneapolis

Ron Merchant, Minneapolis

Bruce Miller, Mound

David Riebe, Minneapolis

Deborah Ronglien, Eden Prairie

Loretta Seitz, Dellwood

Gail Speckmann, Plymouth

Leo Stans, Belle Plaine

Carol Stott, North Mankato

Bob Straube, Shoreview (passed in 2006)