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Estate Planning Workshop for Area Residents

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF), in partnership with local attorneys from Breen and Person Ltd. and the accounting of CliftonLarsonAllen will be holding a seminar on the topic of estate planning. Topics to be covered at the event include: Estate Planning Essentials, New Tax Law Impact, Charitable Giving Options, and Special Considerations for Minnesota Clients.

Presenters at the workshop will include: Tim Bergin, BLACF Board and retired CPA with CliftonLarsonAllen; Laura J. Hansen, attorney with Breen & Person Ltd., Rene A. Millner, attorney with Breen & Person Ltd., and Karl Samp, BLACF Executive Director.

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 6:30PM

Location: Bluewater Lodge in Walker, MN

The event will be free but offered to a limited number of attendees, so registration is still required

State of the Lakes Area Event

Date: Friday, June 14, 2019

Time : 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: Grand View Lodge at the brand new NORTH Boutique Hotel
23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, MN

For our seasonal neighbors, finding information on what is happening in your summer community is not always easy. So the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) wants to extend a warm, "Welcome Back!" and extend an invitation to our first ever, State of the Lakes Area event. You will hear from several key organizations in the Lakes area to hear first-hand about economic development, health and medical services, schools, entertainment, the status of Gull Lake, and philanthropy.


8:45 AM – Registration and Meet Your Neighbors

9:00 AM – Welcome – Mary Jetland, BLACF Board Member and Karl Samp, Executive Director of BLACF

9:10 AM – Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC)

9:30 AM – Brainerd Public Schools, ISD 181 (hear about the new Blueprint 181 building plans, including
the new performing arts center)

9:50 AM – Essentia Health/St. Joseph’s Hospital

10:10 AM – Gull Chain of Lakes Assn. (G-COLA ) – Chuck Herrig or Rosemary Goff

10:30 AM – Networking Break, meet others

10:40 AM – State of our Lakes Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) (Announcing the 2019 Concert Series)

11:00 AM – BLACF – Karl Samp, Executive Director of BLACF

11:20 AM – Overview of Grand View Lodge New Developments – Mark Ronnei

11:40 AM – Grand View Lodge Tours & Lunch on your own for those who wish to stay

Lakes Area Music Festival – providing music during lunch

Women's Fund Presents: Dancing with Our Stars LIVE!

The Women's Fund of Central Minnesota would like to cordially invite you to attend the fundraising event of the year! This year's event will feature a dance competition between six local celebrities who have been paired with a professional partner to face off for the chance to win up to $15,000 for the non-profit program/organization of their choice!

Enjoy a casual, fun evening with a great "small plates" buffet and a variety of cocktails and beverages before the dancing begins.

For more information about the event and to vote with your dollars for the dancers/charities, visit

Date: June 17, 2019
Location: College of St. Benedict, St.Joseph MN
Time: 5:00-8:30 PM
Tickets: $90

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation Annual Dinner

Join us as we celebrate philanthropy in the Brainerd Lakes area and honor our 2019 Award in Philanthropy recipients.

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM

Location: Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge
Nisswa, MN

2019 Award in Philanthropy Recipients - Dutch and Irma Cragun

RACF Concert for a Cause

The ROCORI Area Community Foundation would like to invite the community to join us at the second annual "Concert for a Cause". We are pleased to announce this year's performers will be Maiden Dixie.

Proceeds will benefit the Chain of Lakes Paddlers Club and the RACF Community Builder Fund.

Tickets go on sale July 1 at a variety of local businesses.

Date - August 22, 2019
Location - Richmond Lions Community Park

For sponsorship information, please contact or call (877) 253-4380.