DonorsEventsgift planningPhilanthropy

Newest Members of NMF Giving Circle Welcomed at Celebration Dinner

By October 3, 2019 December 23rd, 2021 No Comments

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation welcomed the newest members of their Giving Circle at a celebration dinner held at the Hampton Inn in Bemidji. The NMF Giving Circle is comprised of individuals and businesses that care deeply about Northwest Minnesota and want to support the continued well-being of the region— helping to sustain the place we call home.

The Giving Circle includes the following levels:

  • Circle of Leadership- Lifetime gifts of $1,000,000 or more
  • Circle of Community Champions- Lifetime gifts of $500,000 or more
  • Circle of Vision- Lifetime gifts of $100,000 or more
  • Annual Circle of Giving- Annual gift of $500 and above

The event included live musical entertainment by The Occasionals and floral centerpieces provided by The Red Poppy.


The following donors were recognized:

Circle of Community Champions:

  • H.C. Bill and Jessie Baer
  • Eldor and Stella Omdahl

Circle of Vision:

  • Joe and Amy Cass
  • The Marvin Companies
  • Charles Swanson Estate
  • Crookston Blue Line Club
  • Engelstad Family Foundation
  • Estate of Esther Estebo
  • Gene and Mary Aho
  • Joseph and Janice Lueken Foundation
  • Jake Marvin
  • Robert C. and Mona Rae Johnson
  • Tom and Marilyn Miller
  • Estate of Lois Ludwig
  • Fertile Lions
  • First National Bank Bemidji
  • John and Mavis Wahlberg
  • Otter Tail Power Company
  • Polaris Foundation
  • Polaris Industries


Award recipients in attendance were all photographed with NMF President and CE), Karen White (left) and NMF Board Chair, Tom Anderson (right).