MINNEAPOLIS - They've been serving up great live,mostly acousticversions of great songs for a quarter century... and making Minnesota a better place in the process.

Cities 97 released a special, 25th Anniversary of their vaunted Sampler Thursday. The two-disc, 33 song collection was quickly snapped up by fans who camped out in front of Target Stores across the TwinCities metro.

Proceeds from the Cities 97 Sampler go to Minnesota charities. This year's edition is expected to raise nearly $1,240,000 for adults, animals, and children in need inthe community; organizations that better the lives of the homeless, the hungry, the disabled, the abused, the elderly, families, women and the seriously ill.