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.


2017 HONOREES


Linda eich desjardins

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ATHENA AWARD

Linda Eich DesJardins is a leader who strives to make a difference through her business as well as her involvement in a number of non-profit organizations. Her passion for helping others creates a positive impact for our communities. The ATHENA Award is presented by the Women’s Fund and sponsored by Granite Equity Partners.

Click here for Linda's award video.




Tom Mathews

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Professional Award in Philanthropy

As a dedicated and hardworking attorney, Tom Mathews serves his clients with a passion and commitment to philanthropy. His colleagues and friends describe him as a creative, thoughtful man who truly understands what his clients needs are and works tirelessly to help them achieve their goals. Tom understands the desire of his clients to leave a legacy which strengthens our community.

Click here for Tom's award video.




Gene and sheelah windfeldt

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Alex Didier AWARD IN PHILANTHROPY

With a passion for arts and youth, Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt support the community through leadership, philanthropy and as active members. From his start as a Kirby vacuum salesman to leading that company as CEO, Gene Windfeldt leads and mentors both individuals and organizations while Sheelah’s compassionate and caring personality is focused on making a difference to family, friends and the community.

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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

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

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