Established in 2011


    To provide strength and support to persons, families, and organizations fighting addiction.


    In 2011, The Dan Baker Foundation was established in Dan's honor to spread awareness of addiction as a disease, and to provide support to those struggling and seeking treatment. Thanks to generous donations through the annual Dan Baker Memorial Golf Tournament, the foundation has donated to several sober homes, treatment centers and various county drug programs. Our work has only just begun.


    Join us in supporting those caught in the grip of addiction, and together we can work to bring solutions to this disease and shed light on healing programs in Minnesota.


  • To our friends and supporters of the Dan Baker Foundation, this video

    was shared at the DBF tourney this year. With absolutely perfect weather and another near capacity event, we raised nearly $20,000 once again!

    The funds will go towards local projects like expanding Men and Women Sober homes, helping the James House in Willmar recover from a lightning strike so men can be back in their home in recovery, and continuing our messaging on the power of opioids and the stigma of addiction.

    Our work is to help others understand this crisis is happening all over the state and country. We hope you enjoy the video and, please, share it!

    Thank you once again for supporting the Dan Baker Foundation.

    We still are receiving donations here and will be processed by our friends at the Willmar Area Community Foundation.


    Thank you for your incredible support!

    The Bakers


    The Dan Baker Foundation partners with the Willmar Area Community Foundation and CommunityGiving to ensure your donations are kept safe and secure. To give online just click the button below, choose the Dan Baker Foundation Fund from the drop-down menu, and enter the contribution amount on their donor portal. Your tax receipt will be mailed to you from our partners.

    Thank you for supporting our mission.












    Meet the team behind the Dan Baker Foundation

    Al Baker

    Executive Director

    Maggie Mertzig

    Event Director

    Olivia Baker

    Director of Content

    Craig Holmgren

    Financial Advisor

    Kurt's Dad.

    Dave & Mary Baker

    Dan's Mom and Dad

    The Dan Baker Foundation would not exist today if it were not for the unwavering efforts by Dave and Mary to getting help to those suffering from addiction.


    Dan's Story

    It was well into his college career when Dan's addiction to prescription pain killers took a serious turn. At the age of 20, he was prescribed Vicodin to treat back pain stemming from a herniated disc; the abuse of the opiates would grow over time.

    In 2010, encouraged by his parents, Dan agreed to check into a rehab facility. After treatment he lived in a halfway home and remained sober for a few short months. After his relapse, he went back to treatment and remained there for a short time. Upon the night of his release, Dan and a fellow addict (whom he became friends with at the facility) went searching for pain killers. When they couldn't find any, they resorted to and successfully located heroin. After taking the drugs, they went to sleep and planned to return home before Dan's parents arrived, hoping they wouldn't suspect anything.

    Unfortunately, when his friend went to wake Dan that morning, he was unresponsive.

    Dan had just turned 25 years old. On March 9, 2011, the paramedics pronounced him dead.


    Dan grew up playing hockey and baseball, and enjoyed spending time with his high school friends. He was especially close with his sister and brother, Liv & Al. Throughout his addiction, Dan's parents, Dave & Mary, were his biggest supporters. Since Dan's loss, their passion to help others struggling with addiction has only grown stronger, and since his death have made a tremendous impact in awareness and support within the Willmar community and beyond.



















































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    Opioid Statistics in America


    · Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare beneficiaries received an Opioid prescription in 2015.

    · The U.S. has less than 5% of the world population but consumes over 80% of the world’s Opioid supply.

    · 1 in 4 patients given an Opioid prescription goes on to chronic abuse.

    · 44 Americans die from a prescription painkiller overdose every day in America.

    · Low back pain is the #1 reason for Opioid treatment in this country.



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