For the second straight year, the widow of lakes area businessman Robert Danzl has given $10,000 to help educate college students seeking technical skill careers.
LaVonne Danzl and many friends of her husband established the Robert Danzl Memorial Golf Classic in 1999 to raise the first $10,000 for a Central Lakes College endowed scholarship. This year, more than 30 teams competed at Pine Meadows in Baxter to help match the original donation.
Bob Danzl spent more than 40 years helping the late John Thelen build a successful heating and roofing business in Brainerd.
The inaugural Danzl donation to the CLC Foundation provided a scholarship to Theodore "TJ" Berg of Dayton, who received $500 toward his studies in Mechanical Drafting and Design. Berg, who carries a 3.71 grade-point average, is in his second year of the skilled trades program on the Staples campus.
A CLC Foundation endowed scholarship is funded by the interest earned from gifts of at least $10,000.
The Danzl family also has a CLC endowed scholarship in the name of a son, the late Mark "Shorty" Danzl, who along with his wife Jane of Little Falls had also been a student at the college before his untimely death.
The Danzl family, including Cheryl, Maureen, Paula, Lisa and Jane who have attended Central Lakes College, "could not be more appreciative for the tribute," said LaVonne Danzl. "It is great to help someone studying in the trades. Bob got his start and made a good living with it."
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