Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Philanthropists in our own backyard

Mike O’Rourke from the Brainerd Dispatch brought forth this story. On July 9, 2009, Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Johnson from Brainerd, MN are receiving an award for their giving. Mrs. Jo Ann Johnson wondered why that was worth an award. “Everybody should be doing something,” she said. The Johnson’s have been married for more than 50 years and that’s a wonderful story by itself. Some of the organizations the Johnson’s give to include Project Haiti, a mission in Uganda, Teen Challenge, PORT, Bridges of Hope, Youth Investment, Timber Bay, the women's shelter, and Timberwood Church of Nisswa. They both find it hard to understand people who are blessed with wealth and who don't feel compelled to share it.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) is honoring the Johnson’s. The award is BLACF’s way of saying thank-you. The award has been bestowed upon community members such as Bruce and Kathy Buxton, Bernie and Linda Roberts, John Sullivan, and Fran and Clarence Holden.
The Foundation was established in 1998 to link donors with the needs of our community.

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Dated June 27th, 2009


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