Community Foundation(s): Willmar Area
Award: 2015 Award in Philanthropy from the Willmar Area Community Foundation
Bob and Patti Dols of Willmar received the 2015 Award in Philanthropy for their charitable support and volunteer leadership toward a wide array of efforts within Kandiyohi County.
Since joining Northern States Supply in 1972, Bob has played a key role in promoting economic and business growth in the region, dedicating years to the expansion of Highway 23 into a four lane road between Willmar and St. Cloud. He has also served on numerous nonprofit and economic development boards that align with his personal passions of keeping jobs local and providing a high quality of life for those in the Willmar area.
Patti is a retired educator, serving as the principal of Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar for over a decade. She continues to advocate for children’s issues via the Willmar Children’s Cabinet as co-chair of Empower: Women in Leadership and as chair of the Willmar Public School Foundation board. Patti also serves on the board of the Southwest Initiative Foundation and helps several local arts organizations.