If philanthropy is all about giving — to good causes and to one’s community — then Kevin Thesing is more than deserving of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation’s 2012 Award in Philanthropy.
The co-owner of Lakes Area Printing has been involved in a host of community projects and has always managed to keep a smile on his face no matter road blocks might be encountered along the way.
Friends of his marvel at his ability to persistently work toward a goal in an easy, non-confrontational manner. It’s not unusual to see that printing products which are used at a nonprofit event were supplied courtesy of Thesing’s business, but he’s also never been afraid to contribute his own “sweat equity” in a project.
The foundation’s board presents the philanthropy award each year to recognize the efforts of an individual, couple or family that has significantly contributed to philanthropy in the region through their personal giving, volunteerism or work as a professioanl advising their clients about philanthropy.
The foundation is a public charity that has awarded more than $2 million in grants to local nonprofits.
Previous winners were Kevin Close and Rod Converse, 2011; the Cote family, 2010; Jo Ann and Arnie Johnson, 2009; Kathy and Bruce Buxton, 2008; Fran and Clarence Holden, 2006; and John Sullivan, 2005.
Thesing can this award to the many others he’s received including 1999 Brainerd Citizen of the Year, 2011 Brainerd Rotary Rotarian of the Year and the 2007 Sunrise Sertoma Service to Mankind Award.
Thesing, who grew up on a rural Brainerd dairy farm, will be honored at the foundation’s annual dinner on July 12 at the Gull Lake Center