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Crosslake State of the Lakes Area Event

Date: Friday, June 11, 2021

Time : 2:00 - 4:30PM

Location: Crosslake Community Center - 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN

Join us to hear about The State of the Lakes Area in Crosslake, MN and be one of the first to hear about the huge developments in the Crosslake Area, including the new National Loon Center.

For our seasonal neighbors, finding information on what is happening in your summer community is not always easy. The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) wants to extend a welcoming hand and extend an invitation to the Crosslake State of the Lakes Area event. You will hear briefly from several key local organizations to learn first-hand about local health and medical services, activities and entertainment, the health of the Whitefish and area lakes, and philanthropy – all while meeting some of your neighbors!

The event will be held outside at the Crosslake Community Center’s picnic pavilion, weather permitting to help provide a sense of security for those concerned of the pandemic, while allowing us to come together for one of the first times in nearly a year and a half. Additional organizations will be present with table displays and information. Refreshments and snacks provided. There is NO COST for this event, but space is limited so please register by June 7th

Questions? Contact Terri Foster at tfoster@communitygiving.org or 218-824-5633.


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

***The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation is excited to announce that we are back with local dance celebrities who will be performing in a hybrid event for the 2021 Dancing with Our Stars Live! Our current plan is to stream from Saint John's University where our dancers will be performing on June 14, 2021. ***


For more information about the event, to access the live stream on the day of the event and to vote with your dollars for the dancers/charities, visit www.communitygiving.org/wfp21

Date: June 14, 2021
Location: Live stream from the comfort of your couch!
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Brainerd Lakes Area State of the Lakes Event

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021

Time : 2:00 - 4:30PM

Location: Gull Lake Sailing School, 19696 Love Lake Rd, Brainerd, MN

Join us to hear about The State of the Lakes Area in Brainerd, MN and be one of the first to hear about the developments in the Brainerd Lakes Area, including the new National Loon Center, performing arts center, activities, and much more!

For our seasonal neighbors, finding information on what is happening in your summer community is not always easy. The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) wants to extend a welcoming hand and extend an invitation to the Crosslake State of the Lakes Area event. You will hear briefly from several key local organizations to learn first-hand about local health and medical services, activities and entertainment, the health of the Gull Lake Chain and area lakes, and philanthropy – all while meeting your neighbors!

The event will be held outside at the Gull Lake Sailing School, weather permitting to help keep everyone safe, while allowing us to come together for one of the first times in over a year. Additional organizations will be present with table displays and information. Chicken scampi, salad, garlic bread, and dessert dinner available for $25 following the event and in conjunction and co-hosted with the Sailing School opening party! There is NO COST (except for dinner) for this event, but space is limited so please register by June 11th.

Questions? Contact Terri Foster at tfoster@communitygiving.org or 218-824-5633.

Caryl Turnow's Retirement Celebration

Join us in celebration as we honor Caryl Turnow's career and thank her for the hard work and dedication she has given to our community through her role as the Central Minnesota Community Foundation's Executive Director.

Date: Thursday, June 24
Time 6:00 - 8:00PM
Location: 1106 Riverside Ave North, Sartell MN 56377

Professional Advisor Webinar Series - Qualified Plans and Testamentary Planned Gifts

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Zoom Conference - Join by Video or Conference Call

For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE.

To access planned giving tools and additional information, visit plannedgiving.communitygiving.org.

RACF Concert for a Cause

The ROCORI Area Community Foundation's annual event, Concert for a Cause is back after being postponed in 2020. The concert will benefit their Community Builder Fund and the Sauk River Chain of Lakes. The outdoor concert will kick off with the local country duo, Tim and Rick Backes and headlining will be the Tom Petty tribute band, Free Fallin.

Date - Thursday, August 12, 2021

Time - Gates Open at 4:00pm, Music Starts at 6:00pm
Location - Richmond Lions Community Park
Pre-Sale: $25, At the Gate: $30

Ticket Sale Locations - COMING SOON

For tickets, call (320) 253-4380 or contact one of the RACF board members.


Thank you to all of our event sponsors!

For sponsorship information, please contact racf@communitygiving.org or call (877) 253-4380.

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation Award in Philanthropy Annual Dinner Celebration

Date: Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Reception - 5:30pm | Dinner - 6:30pm | Program - 7:15pm
Location: Grand View Lodge at the Grand Ballroom

Award in Philanthropy Recipients - Virginia & Kenneth* Merrill

Legacy Award Honorees - Millie Gjertson* and Linnea Anderson*

Women Making Waves Award Recipient - Becky Twamley

This year we are presenting the Award in Philanthropy to Virginia and the late Kenneth Merrill of Crosslake, very worthy recipients. This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, couple or family who have significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy, either personally or through their business. We will honor Legacy Award recipients, Linnea Anderson and Millie Gjertson for their gifts upon their passing to continue their generous giving. We will also recognize Becky Twamley as our Women Making Waves Award recipient, given by our Women’s Fund (in lieu of the Women Making Waves 2021 Dinner being cancelled), and celebrate the work of our grants and nonprofit partners.

Individual Tickets are $60 each - Sponsorships starting at $500

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CMCF Annual Celebration in Philanthropy 2021

Save the date for Thursday, September 9th, 2021 as the CMCF Annual Celebration of Philanthropy returns! More details coming soon.

For sponsorship opportunties, call (320) 253-4380 or email cmcf@communitygiving.org.