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Hunts honored for philanthropy

Lynn and Paul Hunt talk about success as a musician credits the band.

“It’s a symphony,” Lynn Hunt said. “We could never do it alone. We can play our part, but we need others, sometimes in harmony and sometimes to counter our ideas and make us better. I thank every one of them for being there.”

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation will recognize the Hunts with the 2013 Award in Philanthropy at the Annual Dinner on Aug. 1 at Grand View Lodge. BLACF celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

The Hunts most recently founded Hunt Utilities Group, a coalition of minds focusing on research and development of alternative energies as well as ways to save energy. They simultaneously started Happy Dancing Turtle, a nonprofit group centered on environmental education.

To Paul Hunt, philanthropy is much more than money. The giving of time is equally important.

“Not everyone is blessed with the kind of success that allows them to give money,” he said. “But all of us have something equally as valuable — our time. Where would our organizations be without volunteers?

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The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) is a public charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community. Since 1998, BLACF has grown to nearly $6 million in assets and awarded over $2 million in grants to local nonprofits. BLACF is affiliated with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, which administers more than 550 funds totaling more than $80 million. Learn more at

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