The Warroad Area Community Fund (WACF) held its first gala on Saturday, June 3rd at the Warroad Community Park Pavilion. The event was hosted by the Advisory Committee, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF), and a number of local sponsors. This was the first event to be held in the new Warroad Community Park pavilion.

The evening included a social hour, three course meal, dinner music provided by the Rainy Lake Community Orchestra, silent auction, awards program, and dancing. There were nearly 90 community members, fund supporters and grant recipients in attendance.

Brenda Baumann serves as the chair of the advisory committee. She said, “Our goal was to increase awareness of this valuable fund in our community and to grow the endowment fund.  This is a gift that anyone in the community can contribute to and offers the opportunity to work in more meaningful ways within the Warroad area.”

The WACF has awarded 14 grants in 2017. Recipients included: The Warroad Library, Skater Tots Program, Keys for Kids, Okee Dokee Brothers community concert, Growing Young Minds Project, Summer Success Program, Project Feed Watch, Lost River Sports Complex, Community Education, STEM Lab, Chromebooks for classrooms, Elementary Music Program, and the Warroad Historical Society.

Grant funding will support a wide variety of community needs, including education equipment and facility upgrades, children’s musical and athletic programs, and Warroad community events. The funds that were raised at the gala will go directly to support future Warroad area initiatives.

“It’s exciting for us to see this community come together to support this fund,” said Steve Anderson, NMF board member. “It was my honor to recognize the work of this advisory committee and this year’s grant recipients at the event.”

The WACF Advisory Committee believes the event was a great success for its first year, and looks forward to planning more events in the future to grow the support for Warroad area initiatives and to meet the needs of the community.

For more information about the Warroad Area Community Fund and to make a gift, follow this link.