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ABOUT OUR FUNDRAISER

Meet the Mickman Brothers Fundraising Team

Our two production facilities in Minnesota and Oregon produce the highest quality holiday evergreens in the industry. Our greenhouses make wonderful, bright production space around which the warehouse, loading docks, and office support personnel are nestled.
 

The First Wreath

By John S. Mickman – Founder

So, as my Grandma told the story to me many, many years ago, this is how our family wreath business was born.

“When I was a young girl in Norge (Norway) back in the late 1800’s, my mother used to make a wreath each year from evergreens we children would gather from the forest alongside the fjord where we lived. It wouldn’t take many boughs, and I liked gathering them. When I was older, my mother showed me how to make the wreath that we would display on the door of our small cottage each year. Ours was a tough life and all of my brothers eventually died at sea as either Fishermen or Merchant Sailors.

After I met your Grandpa in England during WWI, we moved to America and, because the people in New York told us that there were many Norwegians living in Minnesota, we moved to St. Paul. Our small family had a hard ‘go of it’ during the Great Depression as did all of our friends. However, each Christmas I loved making a nice wreath and hanging it on our front door; it always reminded me of my own mother so many years before.

One year when your father [John Victor Mickman] was about 12 years old, he came home from school and saw my nice wreath on our front door. He wanted to buy a Christmas present for me, and had an idea that maybe he could sell that wreath down the street to someone. Well, that is just what he did. He walked down Summit Avenue where all the rich people lived, until someone purchased this wreath. [My dad said it was James J. Hill’s daughter, founders of the Great Northern Railroad, that purchased this first wreath.]

With his newly earned money, your dad went to a store and purchased a lovely set of porcelain figurines – the set that I have on my bedroom bureau. The sales clerk was kind enough to wrap this gift for your dad, and he came home and presented it to me. Well, I knew your dad didn’t have ANY money and I pinched his ear until he told me how he got the money to pay for the present. He finally confessed that he had taken our wreath off of the front door and sold it down on Summit Ave. I couldn’t imagine that anyone would want to pay money for such a thing, and asked your dad if he thought he could sell any more. He said he thought he could sell as many as I could make!

So, your Grandpa, your dad and I gathered as many boughs as we could and I made wreaths out of all the boughs we could find. Your dad was able to sell these wreaths as fast as I made them, and he sold every single one – we didn’t even have a wreath on our own door that year [of 1934].”
 

Why Choose Us as Your Holiday Fundraiser?

The Mickman Brothers’ approach to holiday fundraising really defines why so many people fundraise today. Our comprehensive fundraising programs are second to none, and our handmade, in house, fresh evergreen products allow for proven, successful fundraising opportunities where you can have fun along the way.

Our products have a high profit margin allowing for most to use Mickman Brothers Holiday Fundraiser as the only fundraiser their organization uses all year long!

Our motto is: “If we wouldn’t put the wreath on our door, we wouldn’t expect you to either.” That’s why we have the Mickman Brothers Guarantee. Quality and Integrity are synonymous with Mickman Brothers. After handcrafting and hand-cutting our products, we closely inspect every wreath that goes out our doors. If your product arrives in a condition less than what we expect, we will replace it at no cost.

From Mickman Brothers products to our Fundraiser Programs, we make it all about you and your members. We break down the barriers of fundraising to make it less of a project, and more of a fun experience. We make it more efficient, satisfying, and—most importantly—profitable.

 

Some of the Groups We Work With

We continuously refine the meaning of fundraising, harmoniously connecting the experience with the products. We offer new opportunities, such as our industry-first online fundraising, and mobile selling app/sales aid.

 

The Faces of Mickman

Our wreath fundraising company is unique from others in that dozens of key wreath program staff members work full-time in four of our other divisions: Landscaping, Irrigation, Garden Center, and Landscape Management. When Wreath Season arrives, all these dedicated, full-time professionals shift their duties to the wreath business. This allows for a consistent, qualified management team during the holiday season.

At Mickman Brothers, we dedicate ourselves to the success and satisfaction of our fundraising partners. We are blessed to retain 80% of our seasonal production staff members year after year. This further allows us to supply the highest quality fundraising products to our important customers—like you!

We can’t wait for you to join the Mickman Brothers family of customers this holiday season and Discover the Difference to making your fundraising group more successful than ever.

 

John S. Mickman | Co-founder & Wreath Division Manager


JOHN S. MICKMAN

CO-FOUNDER & WREATH
DIVISION MANAGER

Chris Mickman | Co-founder & Vice President


CHRIS MICKMAN

CO-FOUNDER

Jeff Sutter | President & Wreath Transportation Manager


JEFF SUTTER

 WREATH TRANSPORTATION MANAGER

Wendy Mickman | CFO


WENDY MICKMAN

FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Michael Kaupp | St. Francis Wreath Plant Manager


MICHAEL KAUPP

ST. FRANCIS WREATH PLANT MANAGER

Berta Gonzales | Ham Lake Wreath Production Manager


BERTA GONZALES

HAM LAKE WREATH
PRODUCTION MANAGER

John C. Mickman | Minnesota/Wisconsin Delivery Manager


JOHN C. MICKMAN

PRODUCTION OVERSIGHT MANAGER

Brad Berthiaume | IT Administrator & HGP Department Manager


BRAD BERTHIAUME

IT ADMINISTRATOR / DIRECT DELIVERY MANAGER


ROSE BERTHIAUME

ACCOUNTING


BILL PARR

OREGON DISTRIBUTION MANAGER


DENNIS ZERWAS

CORPORATE GIFTS MANAGER

 

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Last October our Homer High School Mariner Co-Op Hockey team hit the ground running. Our hockey season is short, yet aggressive. We pack as many games as we can for the 4 months we get. Our biggest and best fundraiser has always been the beautiful Mickman wreaths and sprays. Some people will get pretty upset in our communit…

– Christie Hill, Fundraising Chair: Mariner Co-op Hockey Team Homer, AL

This is the simplest fundraiser to sell! Quality product and very satisfied customers bring people back year after year to order again and again. It is as simple as that. Most of our customers come to us to place their order early, that is how well liked the product is in this area. The profits help defray costs for the ind…

– Emerald City Gymnastics Team

Our troop has been raising money for a large trip. This fundraiser is great because people like to buy something they can use. This was our second year and the girls found they had easy sales from repeat customers then could work to get new customers. We had less girls in the troop selling but still raised the same as last …

– Heatherlyn, Troop 7176

Mickman Brothers helped our Scout Pack enjoy a 4 day 3 night camp trip to Cub World this year. I would also like to report that with the help of Mickman Brothers Fundraiser we were able to send 24 boys to camp this summer.

We have never tried to sell anything other than popcorn in the past to help support the pack and wo…

– Tiffany S., Cub Scout Pack 186