Central Minnesota Community Foundation

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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.


2016 HONOREES

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Lynn Grewing

ATHENA AWARD

Serving as an educator for over 40 years, Lynn Grewing has impacted the lives of thousands of students and families with her dedicated spirit and positive attitude. She leads by example and working to inspire, support, encourage, mentor, challenge and celebrate each student. The ATHENA Award is presents by the Women’s Fund and HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics.

Click here for Lynn's award video.



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DR. LESLIE R. GREEN

PRESIDENT'S AWARD

An active and engaged citizen, Dr. Leslie Green played a part in the creation of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and continues build social capital in our community. Known for his smile and wave, we are honored to present Dr. Green with the Presidents award for his commitment to making the greater St. Cloud area a welcoming and thriving place to work, live and play.

Click here for Dr. Green's award video.



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Keith Finstad

Professional Award in Philanthropy

As an enthusiastic and hardworking finance professional, Keith Finstad strives to provide the highest level of service to his clients. He has a sincere commitment to philanthropy and community involvement and is driven towards helping others achieve their charitable goals through his work at Bremer.

Click here for Keith's award video.






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Dick & Mimi Bitzan

Alex Didier AWARD IN PHILANTHROPY

As local business owners, philanthropists and active community members, Dick and Mimi Bitzan are leaders in the greater St. Cloud area. Their passion for building a stronger community is clear in their work with the local arts programs, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club and so many other organizations.

Click here for Bitzan'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 & Penny White

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

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

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