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Dave and Mary Baker

Dave and Mary Baker were the 2017 recipients of the Award in Philanthropy from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.

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Lisa Bowen

Lisa Bowen was awarded the 2017 AACF Professional Award in Philanthropy as a way to recognize her passion for her clients, her ability to listen to their needs and a deep personal belief in the value of philanthropy

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Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP

Conway, Deuth and Schmiesing, PLLP was the recipient of the 2017 Community Builder Award from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.

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Joe and Alice Cox

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.

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Linda Eich DesJardins

Linda Eich DesJarins was the 2017 ATHENA Award recipient from the Women's Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

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Merle and Kathy Felling

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.

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Tom and Helen Krebsbach

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.

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Micheal Lillehaugen

As one of the founding board members of the Alexandria Area Community Foundation, Micheal Lillehaugen has been a strong advocate for philanthropy in the community and was the recipient of the 2017 AACF Ruth McDonald Award in Philanthropy.

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Tom Mathews

Tom Mathews was the 2017 recipient of the Professional Award in Philanthropy from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

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Ruth McDonald

A life-long learner and adventure lover, Ruth McDonald blazed trails at many points in her life.

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Stewart C. Mills Jr.

The Mills family is the epitome of a multi-generational example of philanthropy in our community. Stewart C. Mills Jr. was taught philanthropy from a young age. His father had him deliver turkeys with the trimmings to families anonymously on Thanksgiving every year when he was a boy.

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Thomas J. Reif

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.

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Willmar Women's Fund

The Willmar Women's Fund is the 2017 recipient of the Innovative Impact Award from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.

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Sheelah and Gene Windfeldt

Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt were the 2017 recipients of the Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

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