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Nominations sought for annual award in philanthropy

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual Award in Philanthropy, which will be presented at the foundation's annual dinner in July.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual Award in Philanthropy, which will be presented at the foundation's annual dinner in July.

The Award in Philanthropy recognizes an individual or a couple who have significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region either through their personal philanthropy, their work as a volunteer or their work as a professional advising their clients about philanthropy.

BLACF has been giving this award since 2005 as a way to honor those working to build a better community and inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders.

Past award recipients include John Sullivan, Fran and Clarence Holden, Linda and Bernie Roberts, Kathy and Bruce Buxton, JoAnn and Arnie Johnson, the Cote Family, Kevin Close and Rod Converse, Kevin Thesing, Paul and Lynn Hunt, Lee and Penny Anderson, Jim and Linnea Anderson, Stewart C. Mills, Jr., and the Ruttger family.

Nominations also will be accepted for businesses in the community that stand out in their support of our community and its nonprofits.

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Send nominations or request additional information on or before Jan. 7 by contacting Karl Samp, Executive Director of BLACF, at ksamp@communitygiving.org , or at 218-824-5633.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local Brainerd area. Since 1998, BLACF has grown to over $10.4 million in assets and awarded over $4.9 million in grants to nonprofits. The BLACF is governed by a local board of directors and is a partner of CommunityGiving, which is a collaborative of many community foundations united under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of our donors. Collectively, CommunityGiving administers nearly 800 funds totaling more than $140 million. Learn more at www.CommunityGiving.org/Brainerd .

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