The Edina Community Foundation
Bringing people together to serve, strengthen, and celebrate our community.
Winter 2014
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Edina Community Foundation's

Connecting With Kids

Leadership Breakfast


Friday, March 6

Edina Country Club

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.


Breakfast and Program

Registration Required


Leadership award nominations are now being accepted. For more information or criteria about the awards, visit online.


Nominate a Leader

Nominate a Student Leader


Annual Report

Look for The Edina Community Foundation 2013-2014 Annual Report in Edina's About Town magazine, Winter 2015 issue 


Connecting with Kids Leadership Breakfast

Friday, March 6, 2015

Edina Country Club

Leadership nomination deadline is January 23

Click here for more info.



Edina's 4th of July Parade

It's not too early to be thinking about a parade!

Edina's largest community event appreciates your business or family parade sponsorship in 2015. The countdown begins!


Foundation Board of Directors, 2014-15


Paul Mooty, President

Mamie Segall, Vice President

Scot Housh, Secretary

Steven McDonald, Treasurer


Satoru (San) Asato,

Brad Beard,

Bernie Beaver,

Ron Erhardt,

James B. Hovland,

Richard Olson,

Lana Slavitt, and

Maxine Wallin.

Staff representative Dick Crockett is Executive Director of the Edina Community Foundation. 

A Note from the Foundation

It's that time of year when we all receive lots of mail. Lots of snail mail that is. That's what they call the old fashioned letter in an envelope delivered by a postal carrier kind of mail; opened with a letter opener, not a mouse click and written on paper, not viewed on a screen.

The Foundation sent out a letter via snail mail to Edina residents a couple weeks ago. We hope you received it because we all know that sometimes snail mail can get lost or delayed. After receiving it at your home mail box, we hope you opened it, and took a few moments to read it. It's a good letter that deserves a solid read because it talks about how the Foundation makes a difference in people's lives by building healthy connections, providing local support and empowering youth. The letter concluded with a request for an end of year donation to the Edina Community Foundation. Like we've been saying, it's that time of year.


We hope you will consider a gift to the Edina Community Foundation. Your support brings people together to serve, strengthen and celebrate our community.


Donations can be sent via snail mail to 5280 Grandview Square, Edina MN 55436. If snail mail isn't your style, you can always visit us online.


Marsha Buchok, Edie Opdahl, Dick Crockett, and Kris Marshall



Holiday Greetings from the Foundation office!



Think Bank Awards Foundation a 3-year,
$30,000 Sponsorship Grant!

Think Mutual Bank awarded the Edina Community Foundation a generous multi- year grant totaling $30,000. The $10,000 per year grant supports the following programs and services:  Connecting with Kids Leadership Breakfast and Student Leadership Award, Edina Challenge initiatives to help low income youth in Edina, Edina's 4th of July Parade Gold Level Sponsorship and general Edina Community Foundation community support services.  The Foundation has greatly appreciated Think Bank's strong relationship over the years and we are especially grateful for this multi-year community partnership grant. A special thanks to Paul Mackin, President and CEO, Kirk Muhlenbruck, Vice President of Business Development, and Joe Rutter, Edina Branch Manager, for their enthusiasm and commitment to the Foundation.    



Visit the stunning new Edina branch location just east of the new Byerly's on Hazelton Road off France Avenue.  

DONOR Insight:  O.C. "Joe" Hognander, Jr.


O. C. "Joe" Hognander Jr. says his parents instilled in him a commitment to helping others and giving back.


Having grown up in Edina and graduated from Edina High School, he feels a personal responsibility to give back to the community for what it has given him. Since returning after a career as a naval officer, Joe has been active in a number of local organizations, served on various boards, and has been a decade long benefactor of the Edina Community Foundation. Today through the Hognander Foundation, Joe supports organizations that strengthen the community and  help those less fortunate.  "That's why I give to the Edina Community Foundation - it benefits people and programs locally and helps preserve our "gem" of a community", states Hognander.  "Edina is a place that has excellent schools, good governance and active civic participation - and I believe it's important to give back to the  things that have made my own life better."


Hognander first became a contributor to the Edina Community Foundation in 2005.  As a Community Supporter he has given generously to the overall mission of the Foundation, which brings people together to serve, strengthen, and celebrate our community. Most importantly, Joe recognizes that his contribution combined with others makes a significant impact.  A gift of $100, $250 or $500 supports the Foundation's general operations and key programs, including Edina Reads, The Edina Challenge, Connecting with Kids, and the city's annual Fourth of July parade.  The Edina Community Foundation gives people the opportunity to make a difference and give back to their community. 


Program Updates



Ready-Set-Connect is an Edina Challenge program that provides disadvantaged Edina youth and their families an easy way to tap into community scholarship funds.


Initiated by the Edina Community Foundation with a focus on dignity of access, participants use their CONNECT card to connect with numerous discounts available from a variety of programs involved in extracurricular sports,

recreation and leisure, education and self-improvement.


To qualify for the Ready-Set-Connect benefits, participants must meet the Federal Standards for Free or Reduced Price Meals or show evidence of a financial hardship that prevents full payment of a program fee.


Committed Ready-Set-Connect partners include: Edina Public Schools,Edina Community Education, City of Edina Parks and Recreation, and Southdale YMCA.


For more information about the Ready-Set-Connect program call the Edina Community Foundation at 952-833-9573 or go online



Bravo! The second annual CEO Roundtable held on Wednesday, October 22 at Interlachen Country Club was a great success! Co-sponsored by the Edina Community Foundation and the Edina Chamber of Commerce, the event is part of the Foundation's ongoing Edina Dialogue program that aims to foster intergenerational discussion of diverse issues through cooperation with individuals and community organizations. 


The Roundtable featured several prominent CEO's and business leaders including:

Richard Davis, Chairman, President & CEO of U.S. Bank, served as the keynote speaker on the topic, Economic Development in Edina.  



Daniel Harvey, President, Precision Gasket Company (PGC)

Scott Tankenoff, Managing Partner of Hillcrest Development, LLLP;


Paul Mackin, President & CEO of Think Mutual Bank

Gary Wyard, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Twin Cities Orthopedics


Mayor Jim Hovland, senior partner in the law firm of Hovland and Rasmus, opened the program, and Sam Black, Senior Reporter for the Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal served as Moderator.


A huge thanks goes to Adam Gildner, volunteer Program Chair for the Roundtable, and FlexPerks/ U.S. Bank for their event sponsorship.





On Tuesday, October 14th Edina Reads held a delightful evening program to talk about "what's Edina reading". The Mayor of Edina and other notable community personalities shared what they had been reading and invited recommendations from the audience. Favorite titles from the evening's suggestions are compiled in a booklist displayed at the Edina library.


Edina Reads panelists included:

Margo Bredeson, Owner of Margo's Patisserie

Sarah Haberman, Co-Founder of Haberman Marketing Agency

James Hovland, Mayor of Edina

Mark Kivimaki, National Spelling Bee Competitor and Valley View Middle School student

Dr. Bruce Locklear, Principal of Edina High School

Jennifer Mayerle, Reporter, WCCO-TV

Mary Senn, Executive Creative Director, Carmichael Lynch Advertising

Dr. Philip Sidell, Morningside Family Physicians

Maxine Wallin, Community Philanthropist


Check out a great video story here.

Edina Reads is sponsored by Friends of the Edina Library; the Edina Community Foundation, Edina Senior Center, Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Edina High School, Edina Community Education and Edina Resource Center, and League of Women Voters Edina.
Leave a Legacy

The Legacy Circle Charter Members Brunch was held on Sunday, November 23 at Dick and Suzie Crockett's home. New Legacy Circle members showed their support to the Edina Community Foundation by making a provision in their estate plan. The generosity of these legacy donors promises to impact the work of the Foundation going forward.


Legacy Circle members include: Brad and Gwendolyn Beard, Ron Erhardt, Jim and LaRae Hovland, Mary and Ralph Brindle, John and Jean Hedberg, Lorraine Neuger (in memory of James VanValkenburg), Fred Richards, Paul and Jean Mooty, Clinton and Carolyn Schroeder, Dick and Suzie Crockett, Fred and Nancy* Richards, and Marguerite McNally.*  (*Deceased)


For more information on the Edina Community Foundation's Legacy Circle contact Carolyn Schroeder, Legacy Circle Chair and former ECF Board President, at 612-812-2492. 

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