Kato Sleep Out 2023

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Kato Sleep Out 2023

A fun experiential competition, raising funds & awareness about homelessness. Teams or individuals. Can you survive a night sleeping out?

By Connections Ministry and Shelter

When and where

Date and time

March 31 · 5pm - April 1 · 5am CDT


800 S Front St 800 South Front Street Mankato, MN 56001

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 12 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Don't miss out on Mankato's next great fundraising event! Sign up as an individual or gather your friends and co-workers and form a team of up to 7. Register each participant then designate one individual (or the whole team if you want) to spend the night of March 31st sleeping out to raise funds for Connections Shelter, learn about homelessness in Mankato, and compete with other groups to raise the most!

Raise Funds! Set a recommended goal of raising $500 per participant. If your team can raise at least $3500, you earn a "You were housed" card and can check out at midnight to sleep in your own bed! Those who register as an individual and can raise at least $500 also receive a midnight check out!

Network for donated items: Throughout the event, teams can work to collect items to be dropped off. The more you collect, the fewer hours you sleep outside! Items to be collected include individually wrapped snacks, coffee, powdered drink mix (lemonade, ice tea, gatorade) toilet paper, and loose change. All items collected will be used at Connections shelter.

Sleeping Out: Participants are allowed one backpack with items they choose to survive the night. Each participant will be provided a tarp, hand warmers, dinner, snacks, and a tote bag as part of their registration at check in. Participants are also allowed to bring a sleeping bag or a blanket. Dinner will be served and coffee, cocoa, and hot tea will be available all night.

Which business/ team will walk away with the inaugural Kato Sleep Out Trophy? It takes the whole community to solve homelessness. Be part of the solution and walk away a winner! (When we work together, everyone wins....but only one gets the trophy!)

To Do:

  • Gather your team of up to 7 and purchase your tickets
  • Download your Registration Packet
  • Begin collecting donations
  • Turn in all donations along with your donation form at Check In on March 31.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Registration Check In

Park in the Bethlehem Lutheran Parking Lot and proceed to 800 Front St to the check in table. Bring your 1 backpack, registration packet, and donations.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Orientation/ Dinner

Staff will provide a brief orientation to the event. Dinner will be served.

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Experiental Learning

Learn from a panel discussions on homelessness. Participate in a simulation that explores the reasons for homelessness. Reach out to your network for donations. Discover facts about homelessness in M...

10:00 PM - 4:30 AM (+1 day)

Quiet Time

Settle into your sleeping area or gather by the fire pit to stay warm.

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

You Got Housing!

If you/your team raised $500 per participant, you can turn in your housing card and head home to your bed.

4:30 AM - 5:00 AM

Breakfast and Clean Up

The sun will soon rise and it is time to move on. Pack up your area, grab some breakfast and head out into the day.

Frequently asked questions

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Our business is interested in being a sponsor. Who do we contact?
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