United in Purpose
Community Impact Celebration

Since 1963, we’ve stayed strong in our mission of raising local dollars to support programs and initiatives that improve lives and strengthen our community as a whole.

Our work today is focused on improving access to education, income, and health by centering our efforts on helping children and the adults in their lives and moving vulnerable families toward educational success and economic security.

As we drive progress toward our new impact framework, we invite you to join us for an inspiring evening to take a closer look our goals and accomplishments, learn how we measure progress, and celebrate the meaningful impact made this past year through the support of generous funders and collaboration with community partners like you.

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Event Details

Thursday, May 23, 2024
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids

4:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Enjoy live music by Ditty Wish, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres, and stroll through our art gallery filled with donated local art. Each piece will be available to take home through a silent auction-style process using volunteer hours as currency.

5:30 p.m. Program & Awards
Highlights from the year: United in Purpose impact stories, Volunteer of the Year unveiling, and recognition of partnerships with donors, volunteers, businesses, and organizations.


General Admission (Free): Thanks to generous sponsors who underwrite the event, General admission is free. However, seats are limited. Reserve your spot before Thursday, May 16, 2024.

Silver: Table Sponsor ($250): As the Table Sponsor, you will be featured with reserved table signage, recognized in the program, and seating will be reserved for you and your guests (up to six).

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Gold: Event Sponsor ($500): As a Gold Sponsor, you will help underwrite the event, allowing guests to attend at no cost. As the event sponsors, you will be featured in print and digital marketing during the event, and seating will be reserved for you and your guests (up to six).
Platinum: Cocktail Reception Sponsor ($1,000): The Platinum Sponsor will underwrite our cocktail and networking hour, during which attendees enjoy live music, appetizers, and refreshments. As the reception sponsor, will be featured in all print/digital marketing, and reserve seating (up to eight).

Diamond: Presenting Sponsor ($2,000): As the sole Diamond Sponsor, you can deliver the welcome remarks, be featured in all print and digital marketing, receive recognition on our website, and reserve seating for you and your guests (up to twelve).


2024 Recognition & Awards 

The program will feature a series of intimate conversations, unveiling the Volunteer of the Year award, and the recognition of partnerships with individuals, businesses, and community organizations. The program will spotlight the year’s top generous companies and workplaces.

 


2023 Best of Decades Honorees

In 2023, we will commemorate our 60th anniversary and celebrate decades of partnership with donors, partners, and supporters who have helped move our community forward since 1963.


2022 Best of Award Winners

Best Ambassador: Angie Tanner
Our Best Ambassador Award honors an individual who utilizes their experience with United Way to develop in the area of connecting, building skills, and volunteering to advance their own lives, their company, and the greater community.

Best Coordinator/Team of the Year: Itasca County
This award honors an individual or team who led their workplace to a successful campaign through goal-setting and statically implementing campaign best practices to reach goals. This individual or team educated and energized staff, led a campaign committee, worked with and mobilized senior leaders, and is passionate about turning around the stories of those most in need in our community.

Best Trailblazer: Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI)
The Best Trailblazer Award honors a company/organization that demonstrates increased achievement in employee education, engagement, and involvement with United Way.

Everyday Hero Award: Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
The Everyday Hero Award honors an individual or organization that went above and beyond for others in our community during COVID-19.


2021 Best of Award Winners

Best Campaign Climber: Itasca County
The Campaign Climber Award goes to an organization with a history of giving through workplace campaigns. Itasca County’s employees have contributed, hosting company events to celebrate giving back and having numerous staff members donate portions of their paychecks to invest back into the community. Last year, employee giving at Itasca County exceeded that of recent years and even surpassed the organization’s goal.

Best Virtual Employee Engagement: Lake Country Power
With many workplaces going virtual or hybrid during the pandemic, employee campaign coordinators (individuals who help mobilize employee giving) had to be creative and find ways to unite employees from afar. The Best Virtual Employee Engagement award, new in 2021, honors Lake Country Power for showing innovation in engaging their employees virtually.

Community Spirit Award: Klockow Brewing Company
The Community Spirit Award honors an organization that made a substantial impact in the community through United Way in response to COVID-19. Klockow Brewing Company, in a time of difficulty for small businesses, stood up to support the community that supported them by implementing an initiative that donated a portion of beverage sales to local nonprofit organizations.

Day of Action Award: City of Coleraine
Each summer, United Way brings together volunteers to complete outreach and community revitalization projects in Itasca-area communities. This Day of Action Award recognizes the City of Coleraine for the instrumental role they played in operating summer 2020’s ‘Days of Action.’

Everyday Hero Award: I.S.D. 318
The Everyday Hero Award honors an individual or group that went above and beyond in their commitment to United Way and taking care of our community during COVID-19. During a year that educators and school staffers faced uncertainty, I.S.D. 318’s staff came through to support their community, with more employees than ever investing in their community through United Way.

Local Love in Action: Mann’s Cinema 8
Mann’s Cinema 8 in Grand Rapids joined Mann’s Theatres across the state in giving back through an adapted business model. Since they couldn’t show movies in the theatre, the local cinema began offering curbside pickup for popcorn and other movie theatre treats. Mann’s Theatres donated a portion of sales to United Ways in Minnesota, raising over $11,000 for COVID-19 relief. In Itasca County, the cinema in Grand Rapids put their care for their community into action, donating $993 to the Itasca Area Community Response Fund.

Alan Anderberg | Itasca County Habitat for Humanity

Mary Troumbly | United Way Day of Action


Top Ten Most Generous

Our top 10 campaign partners are organizations that raised the most dollars in our 2020-2021 campaign through corporate and employee giving and special events. We thank them for their leadership and dedication to improving the lives of thousands of neighbors in our community.

Top Ten Most Generous Companies

Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc.
Blandin Foundation
Itasca County
Klockow Brewing Company
Paul Bunyan Communications
ASV Holdings, Inc.
CoBank
Lake Country Power
Park State Bank

Top Ten Most Generous Workplaces

Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc.
Target
ASV Holdings, Inc.
Minnesota Diversified Industries
Woodland Bank
Itasca County
Blandin Foundation
UPS
Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
Lake Country Power

2024 Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Timberlake Lodge Hotel
Timberlake Lodge, located in beautiful Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the area’s largest event center with adjoining lodging and restaurant facilities. 

White Oak Casino
White Oak Casino in Deer River, MN opened in August 2000. The name White Oak was chosen to commemorate the White Oak Point Band of Ojibwe who has lived in the Leech Lake area for centuries. This casino symbolizes the self-sufficiency and success of the Ojibwe people: The BEST Little Casino In Minnesota.

Gold Sponsors

Blandin Foundation
Blandin Foundation’s mission is to connect, fund and advocate for ideas and people to inspire resourcefulness and move rural places forward. As of December 31, 2020, the foundation leveraged the proceeds from a trust worth approximately $484.2 million.

Grand Dental  Center
Grand Dental Center provides exceptional cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Dr. Lisa Johnson, Dr. Leanna McBride, and their team provide enhanced care through the implementation of new technology.

Minnesota Power
Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc., is committed to the reliability and security of the regional power system that provides electricity in a 26,000-square-mile electric service area in northeastern Minnesota. Minnesota Power supplies retail electric service to 150,000 customers and wholesale electric service to 14 municipalities.

Park State Bank
Park State Bank has become one of Minnesota’s larger independently owned banks with over one billion dollars in combined assets and a history committed to serving clients and small businesses for 100 years. Founded in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth in 1916 and recapitalized by new ownership in 2015, the bank has grown from two locations to now operating fifteen locations, including three branches within Itasca County, including Grand Rapids (North and South locations) and Nashwauk and a successful mortgage division.

Paul Bunyan Communications
Paul Bunyan Communications has the region’s largest and fastest all-fiber optic network with over 5,500 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides Broadband High-Speed Internet Service up to a Gigabit per second, digital and high-definition television services, digital voice services, and more. PBC is also Northern Minnesota’s Certified Apple Repair Center.

Yanmar
Yanmar creates industry-leading compact track loaders and skid steers that improve the quality of life for our customers, have minimal impact on the environment they work on and deliver maximum value for the people who rely on them.

Event Photographer Sponsor

Janna Salmela Photography
Janna Salmela Photography is a Premiere Portrait Experience located in Grand Rapids, MN. Janna specializes in custom Family, High School Seniors, and Business sessions. Premiere experiences start with a free pre-session consultation and ends with gorgeous artwork on your walls.

Diamond: Presenting Sponsor

$2,000

As the sole Diamond Sponsor, you can deliver the welcome remarks, be featured in all print and digital marketing, receive recognition on our website, and reserve seating for you and your guests (up to twelve).

Platinum: Cocktail Reception Sponsor

$1,000

The Platinum Sponsor will underwrite our cocktail and networking hour, during which attendees enjoy live music, appetizers, and refreshments. As the reception sponsor, you will be featured in all print and digital marketing, including recognition on our website, and reserve seating for you and your guests (up to eight).

Gold: Event Sponsor

$500

As a Gold Sponsor, you will help underwrite the event, allowing guests to attend at no cost. As the event sponsors, you will be featured in print and digital marketing during the event, and seating will be reserved for you and your guests (up to six).

SPONSOR THIS EVENT

If you’re interested in sponsoring United Way’s Community Celebration or another event, email kimberly@uwlakes.org or call United Way at 218-999-7570.