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Dave and Mary Baker were the 2017 recipients of the Award in Philanthropy from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.
The legacy of giving and community involvement in the Bernick Family is truly inspirational. They continually foster a deep commitment to make our community a better place, both individually and through their business which champions the importance of youth and health programming across the region.
Conway, Deuth and Schmiesing, PLLP was the recipient of the 2017 Community Builder Award from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.
The Willmar Area Community Foundation remembers Alice for her generosity. She died Dec. 29, 2011 at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, just a couple months after being formally recognized for her impact in the Willmar area. The Foundation honored Alice and her late husband, Joe, in October with the 2011 Award in Philanthropy.
Merle and Kathy Felling, residents of Sauk Centre and owners of Felling Trailers, have been driven by their faith to give back their community. They established the Felling Family Partnership Fund in December 2015, the first for the Sauk Centre Area Community Foundation.
For Tom and Helen Krebsbach, discovering the legacy preserving tools and options at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation “was like a dream come true,” according to their nephew, Paul Pfannenstein.
A life-long learner and adventure lover, Ruth McDonald blazed trails at many points in her life.
A founding partner of Rinke Noonan Law Firm, Michael Noonan serves both his clients and his community with their best interests at heart. A dedicated attorney and active community member, he leads by example and his commitment to helping others shines through in all that he does.
Tom Reif's family established the Thomas J. Reif Memorial Scholarship Fund after he passed away in 2015. Many friends and associates have contributed to the fund which awards scholarships to graduates of Alexandria Area High School who are student athletes and leaders.
The Ruttger Family was the recipient of the 2018 Award in Philanthropy from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation.
Frank Starke was the 2018 Ruth McDonald Award in Philanthropy Recipient from the Alexandria Area Community Foundation.
Tarryl Clark’s career of community involvement and servitude has been inspiring to many in our community. Her passion for education, healthcare, veterans and the community are what motivate her to continually work for a better tomorrow for all. The ATHENA Award is presented by the Women’s Fund and Granite Equity Partners.
The Willmar Women's Fund is the 2017 recipient of the Innovative Impact Award from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.