Central Minnesota Community Foundation

Group of Children

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation recognizes individuals, couples, groups and/or businesses at their Annual Dinner in September for their work in our community.

Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy

Recognizes a person or couple who has significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region.

Professional Award in Philanthropy

Recognizes the efforts of a professional advisor such as an attorney, accountant, financial planner, or other professional who has significantly contributed to philanthropy in the region.

President's Award

Recognizes the efforts of an individual or group that has provided significant and long-term support to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the greater community at large.

ATHENA Award

Honors exceptional women leaders who inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. This award is presented by the Women’s Fund and sponsored by Granite Equity Partners.


2018 HONOREES


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Tarryl Clark

ATHENA AWARD

Tarryl Clark’s career of community involvement and servitude has been inspiring to many in our community.Her passion for education, healthcare, veterans and the community are what motivate her to continually work for a better tomorrow for all. The ATHENA Award is presented by the Women’s Fund and Granite Equity Partners.

Click here for Tarryl''s award video.



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Michael Noonan

Professional Award in Philanthropy

A founding partner of Rinke Noonan Law Firm, Michael Noonan serves both his clients and his community with their best interests at heart.A dedicated attorney and active community member, he leads by example and his commitment to helping others shines through in all that he does.

Click here for Michael's award video.




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Bernick Family

Alex Didier AWARD IN PHILANTHROPY

The legacy of giving and community involvement in the Bernick Family is truly inspirational.They continually foster a deep commitment to make our community a better place, both individually and through their business which champions the importance of youth and health programming across the region.

Click here for Bernick's award video.



Alex Didier Award

  • 1997 – Alex Didier
  • 1998 – Don Watkins
  • 1999 – Andy Hilger
  • 2000 – Dennis Ringsmuth
  • 2001 – George Torrey
  • 2002 – Don and Arlene Helgeson
  • 2003 – Joan and Don Volkmuth
  • 2004 – Lee and Mary Torborg
  • 2005 – John and Mary Weitzel
  • 2006 – Tom and Joyce Schlough
  • 2007 – Norm Skalicky
  • 2008 – The Anderson Family-Jeanette, Rollie, Jim, and Barbara
  • 2009 – Nancy Ehlen
  • 2010 – Jim and Marion Miller
  • 2011 – Marilyn and Bob Obermiller
  • 2012 – Ben and Dorothy Gorecki
  • 2013 – Jerry and Elaine Bauerly
  • 2014 – Bob and Penny White
  • 2016 - Mimi and Dick Bitzan
  • 2017 - Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt

President's Award

  • 2004 – Jack Happe
  • 2005 - F. Hilary Thimmesh
  • 2007 – Ed Henry
  • 2008 – Dave Noack, Dave Marquardt
  • 2009 – Kevin Hughes
  • 2010 – S. Colman O’Connell
  • 2011 – John Leisen
  • 2013 – Barb Carlson
  • 2016 - Dr. Leslie R. Green

Professional Award

  • 1999 – Jerry Thoreen
  • 2000 – Lee Hanson
  • 2001 – Doug Holzkamp
  • 2002 – Paul Steil
  • 2003 – Ted Dickinson (posthumously)
  • 2004 – Brad Hanson
  • 2005 – Cindy Faye Johnson
  • 2006 – Jerry McCarter
  • 2007 – Wayne Schluchter
  • 2008 – Mike Karl
  • 2009 – Colette Carlson
  • 2011 – Fred Shermock
  • 2012 – Steve Laraway
  • 2013 – Chris Shorba
  • 2014 – Bob Kovell
  • 2016 - Keith Finstad
  • 2017 - Tom Mathews

Business Award

  • 2004 – Bremer
  • 2005 – Bernick Companies
  • 2006 – Antioch/Creative Memories
  • 2007 – Sprint/St. Cloud Wireless Holdings
  • 2008 – Coborn’s Inc.
  • 2009 – Marco Inc.

ATHENA Award

  • 1988 - Susan Mackert
  • 1989 - Colman O’Connell
  • 1990 - Peg Meyer
  • 1991 - Ann Thelen
  • 1992 - Nancy Fischer
  • 1993 - Diane Gohman
  • 1994 - Diana Murphy-Podawiltz
  • 1995 - Dorothy Simpson
  • 1996 - Cheryl Lightle
  • 1997 - Connie Cross
  • 1998 - Sonja Sorensen Craig
  • 1999 - Patti Gartland
  • 2000 - Colette Carlson
  • 2001 - Marj Hawkins
  • 2002 - Sandy Neutzling
  • 2003 - Betty Schnettler
  • 2004 - Barb Carlson
  • 2005 - Joan Volkmuth
  • 2008 - Patt Adair
  • 2009 - Jan Bensen
  • 2010 - Elaine Bauerly
  • 2011 - Cindy Faye Johnson
  • 2012 - Molly Renslow
  • 2013 - Maxine Barnett
  • 2014 – Pat Welter
  • 2015 - Ann Cofell
  • 2016 - Lynn Grewing
  • 2017 - Linda Eich DesJardins