Community & People PurpleRide, purple pride at Elm Creek Published September 28, 2013 at 12:00 am Organizers report that recent PurpleRide 2013 at Elm Creek Regional Park in Maple Grove was a huge success, generating record breaking participation (more than 1,700) and funds raised ($455,000 as of event day and growing). Here, Tom Hauser, KSTP Reporter and emcee, is shown with Teri Larson, Lisa Beckendorf, and Mary Jo Mahowald at the Closing Ceremony. The event is a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer. More than 45,000 Americans will die of pancreatic cancer this year. This event hopes to stop the trend. Tim Meester (left), Co-Captain of Team Best Buy, and Hubert Joly (right), CEO Best Buy and second highest individual fundraiser, lead off the recent PurpleRide. Team Best Buy, the top fundraising team, had more than 80 riders, raising above $30,000.