BLACF Selects Hunts for 2013 Award in Philanthropy
Lynn and Paul Hunt talk about success like a musician credits the band. “It’s a symphony,” Lynn said “We could never do it alone. We can play our part, but we need others, sometimes in harmony and sometimes to counter our ideas and make us better. I thank every one of them for being there.”
The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation will recognize Paul and Lynn Hunt with the 2013 Award in Philanthropy at the Annual Dinner on August 1 at GrandView Lodge. BLACF celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Learn more and get tickets.
Lynn and Paul most recently founded Hunt Utilities Group, a coalition of minds focusing on research and development of alternative energies as well as ways to save energy. They simultaneously started Happy Dancing Turtle, a nonprofit group centered on environmental education.
To Paul, philanthropy is much more than money. The giving of time is equally important. “Not everyone is blessed with the kind of success that allows them to give money,” he said. “But all of us have something equally as valuable – our time. Where would our organizations be without volunteers?”
When it comes to giving, the Hunts credit their parents for a sense of generosity and a belief that it is important to give back to the community. Neither came from a privileged background. Just the opposite. Paul remembers counting Tator Tots at dinner to make sure everyone got their fair share.
“I know what it is like to go without,” Lynn said. “I know what it is to be hungry as a child. I know what it feels like to be lonely and call the crisis line as a teen looking for someone to talk to.
Lynn received an unexpected scholarship while at Central Lakes College. It made the difference between staying in school or not. She went on to earn a bachelor's in Business Management from Concordia College, and then a MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
One of the core areas of the couple's philanthropy is education. “If you want to change someone’s life, education is a game changer” Lynn said. Read their full story.