We cannot thank you enough for your support of the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival in its first year. Your excitement and willingness to help has inspired us from the planning stages in May right up to the Grand Finale just a few days ago. Both attendance and donations grew with each of our six concerts, we were encouraged that this community turned out in such amazing numbers.
Thank you especially to the countless businesses and individuals who donated towards this event. Your donations funded food and transportation for guest artists, brochures, posters and concert programs, venues for our performances, and innumerable unexpected expenses that came along the way. Not only did you financially enable us to fulfill our vision, you served as an ambassador to the public at large by openly putting your faith in it, and by that leap of faith we are truly humbled.
Our only means of repayment is music, and we hope that you enjoyed any and all of the concerts you were able to attend. The Brainerd and surrounding communities were a principal player in the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival, and we always value your input as such. We encourage you to tell us who, where, and what you want to hear in the coming season, and we look forward to collaborating with you again in making it happen. Please feel free at any time to contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Scott Lykins at (585) 355-6868; we look forward to hearing from you.
You made this summer an astonishing success, and we hope that you feel as proud as we do of what we have accomplished together. It was a colossal and improbable group effort, but it resulted in a colossal and improbable triumph. Your encouragement has been invaluable, and it has been a blessing to get to know you through this process. See you next year!
Scott Lykins, director and founder
John Taylor Ward, co-founder
A special thank you goes out to the volunteers at the Crow Wing Historical Society for sponsoring a historically educational event for our partners. On July 30 we were treated to a tour of what was once the sheriff's house, numerous displays representing local history including the railroad and mining and two jail cells the kids were able to investigate. On behalf of Kinship Partners, we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to have fun and learn a lot more about our history. We appreciate your support of Kinship Partners!
Summer volunteer and activities coordinator
Rib Fest diners, we would like to thank all of you who enjoyed the Rib Fest dinner. With your help, we reached our goal of 200!
A special thank you to all of our sponsors: UCare, HUMANA, Crosby Eye Clinic, Brainerd Area Sertoma Club and Good Neighbor Home Health. Thank you for food donations from these businesses: Perkins, Northwind Grille, Sawmill Inn, The Barn, Good Neighbor Home Health, Brained Ace Hardware and KFC.
This event would not happen with out Mike Jay's barbecuing expertise and the assistance of the Jay family. Our sincere thanks to all of you.
The many hands of Good Neighbor Home Health made the process of serving 200 people a breeze. Individuals from Crosby Eye Clinic, HUMANA, Senior Center staff and members Helga and Antje filled in the gaps where needed. Many hands truly makes for light work and a wonderful fundraising event for the Senior Center.
If you missed this year's Rib Fest, you lost out on a delicious meal. Watch for details for Rib Fest 2010!
DeAnn Barry, Executive Director
Lakes Area Senior Activity Center Board of Directors
A big Paul Bunyan thank you for supporting the GeoHunt
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, in conjunction with the Crosslake Park and Recreation Department and the Parks and Library Foundation of Crosslake, would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for the support they offered to make the first ever Paul and Babe's GeoHunt a giant success.
The following offered cash support or in-kind donations: City of Crosslake, Crosslake Communications, Northern Lakes Embroidery and Screen Printing, A-Pine Restaurant, Ace Hardware (Crosslake), Betsy and Gary Simons, Brainerd Lakes Chambers, Country Works, Golden Horizons, Happy Dancing Turtle, Shing Wako Resort, AmericInn Lodge and Suites of Pequot Lakes, Anderson Brothers, Bait Box Marina, Bay View Lodge, Black Pine Beach Resort, Boyd Lodge, Gerry Brine, Countywide Tax Services, DowntoEarthWood, Echo Publishing and Printing, John Pierron, Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe, Linda Ulland, Moon-Howler, Nisswa Area Women of Today, Northland Press, Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites, Pine River Bakery, Reed's Market, Rickard and Sons, Rolfing, Shamp's Meat Market, and Sparky and Livewire. Prizes were also provided by many of these sponsors, as well as: Grand Casino Mille Lacs, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, Sharon Corbin, Wildwedge Golf and Mini Golf, Clamshell Beach Resort and Riverwood Bank.
Paul and Babe's GeoHunt was a summer-long geocaching event that featured 36 unique sites along the 54-mile Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway driving route. Proceeds from this activity support the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the Parks and Library Foundation of Crosslake. For more information about this event, visit PaulBunyanScenicByway.org/GeoHunt.
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association
Thanks to all who came and toured our Century farm. Special thanks to Woodland Strings, Les Sod, Lenny Sharon and June Shutter who played bluegrass music for four hours at the house. Special thanks to Dave Hiemenz for providing tractor rides around the orchards and vineyards. It was nice to see so many families participating with children. We were honored to be a participant in the 2009 Tour of Little Falls Historic Homes.
Jim and Joyce Ringwelski and family
Benefit a success
Thank you to the following businesses that made Matt Best's July 26 benefit a success.
The Pickle Factory, Schaefer's Foods, Grand View Lodge, Bernick's, Rohlfing, The Lodge of Brainerd, Lake Country Journal, Brainerd Lakes Online, Nisswa Fire Department, Ski Gull, Nisswa American Legion, Midwest Eye Care, The Power Loon, Hot Spot Bait and Tackle, Breezy Point Fishhouse, Heath Foss, The Lazy Turtle, Nature Touch, Bagatelle, The Skinny Minnow.
Also many thanks to all the individuals for the gifts for the raffle and especially their support.
Deb Best and family
On Aug. 12 the staff at Deerwood Bank in northeast Brainerd hosted an educational tour and information session for some of our Kinship kids and mentors. Rachel Carpenter and her staff taught us the basics of savings and banking which were mixed with fun facts and a real bank vault to peek into.
Thank you for spending time with our kids and most of all thank you for supporting the mission of Kinship Partners.
Kinship Partners summer volunteer and activities coordinator
The 2009 Summer Reading program at the Nisswa Community Children's Library "Read! Think! Create!" at the library was a huge success again this year. We're proud of the 82 boys and girls who actively participated in our program. A very special thank you goes out to the following people for providing our Wednesday programs: the Black Bear 4H Group, Hart Animal Rescue, Ted Feyder, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Ward and Bob and Dianne Gasch. Thanks also to our youth volunteers who assisted us each week with book check out, passing out prizes and setting up art projects. Last but not least, a very heartfelt thank you to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and Crow Wing Power Community Trust for their support of our reading program and literacy in our community.
The Nisswa Community
Children's Library staff
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