The Edina Community Foundation
Bringing people together to serve, strengthen, and celebrate our community.
Spring 2015
In This Issue

Edina Dialogue hosted by Cool Planet "Here Comes the Sun"


Wednesday, April 8

Fick Auditorium 


An energy independence program with meteorologist and entrepreneur, Paul Douglas


Edina Reads is a community-wide reading program that encourages active reading, lifelong learning, and thoughtful conversation.

Upcoming spring events:

Authors Chris Fischbach and Katie Dublinsky


 Tuesday, April 28


Lake Superior Flavors with James Norton and Rebecca Dilley

 Tuesday, May 12


All Edina Reads events take place at the Edina Senior Center


Veterans Memorial Dedication

Monday, May 25

Utley Park, 10am


Edina's 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Saturday, July 4th


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

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. 



Connecting With Kids Leadership Breakfast 2015


(L to R) Jerry Potter, Sid Ramesh, Chelsea Korsh, Adi Mittal, John Bower, Dennis Bao

When we consider our community assets and look into the future, it really is all about the kids. Our kids will be the next generation to live, work and play in our community. They'll be the citizens who will make a difference in the lives of others and leave a legacy. On Friday, March 6th, over 200 people celebrated "kids" at the Edina Community Foundation's Connecting with Kids Leadership Breakfast. The breakfast event honored adult leaders in our community who connect with and influence youth. These leaders give incredible amounts of volunteer time and energy to help and support youth in the following ways:


Chelsea Korsh

Edina Youth Cheer Originator/Facilitator


Sid Ramesh & Dennis Bao

Genesis Test Prep Creators


Jerry Potter

"Do the Right Thing" Program Founder


Andrea Kellar

Golf to Life / Golf for Hope Program Leader


John Bower

Precision Gasket Company (PGC)

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Math)

Mentor and Leader


Adi Mittal - Edina High School Junior

Student Leadership Award Recipient


A special thank you to our generous CWK Leadership Breakfast sponsors: Think Mutual Bank, Keller Williams Realty, Bizal Built, Edina Realty, Edina Realty Mortgage, Christensen Group, Grandview Tire and Auto, Takenoff Family Foundation, Western National Insurance, James R.Thorpe Foundation, Anderson Companies, Flex Perks-US Bank, Xcel Energy and Edina Community Foundation Board of Directors.


For more information about Connecting with Kids click here.


2015 Connecting With Kids Leadership Breakfast
2015 Connecting With Kids Leadership Breakfast
DONOR Insight: 
Local business gives multi-year donation that benefits many
(L to R) Chris Barnick, Joe Rutter, Adi Mittal (Student Leadership Honoree) and Kirk Muhlenbruck

Think Mutual Bank awarded the Edina Community Foundation a $30,000 grant over three years to support Edina Challenge initiatives to help low income youth, the Connecting with Kids Leadership Breakfast and Student Leadership Award, and one of Edina's largest annual community event, the ever popular 4th of July Parade. Kirk Muhlenbruck, Vice President of Business Development, says, "The Foundation's outreach to the community goes hand-in-hand with Think Mutual Bank's long history of stewardship. Giving generously to and caring for the communities in which we operate is part of our organizational values." The Foundation greatly appreciates this strong relationship and is 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. Stop by and visit the new Think Mutual Bank-Edina branch next to Byerly's on Hazelton Road and France Avenue.  

Connect Card does what it says -- it Connects.

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. 

Honoree Spotlights:
Chelsea Korsh & Jerry Potter
Chelsea Korsh and family
Jerry Potter

Developmental Asset:

Constructive Use of Time


Chelsea Korsh is a mother of four, and a seemingly tireless volunteer. Three years ago, she realized that, although other sports and activities can begin in grade school, there was no such opportunity for girls interested in cheerleading. She stepped into the gap, worked with Edina Football, and used her creativity to develop Edina Youth Cheer, a program giving girls exposure to organized cheerleading and the opportunity to have a presence and make a positive impact at fall sporting events.


But she didn't stop there. She engaged the high school cheer team and provided these young women an opportunity to be role models and mentors for the younger girls, giving them an opportunity to hone their skills while providing a service to others. And while all participants had fun, Chelsea's expectations were clearly set and very high: each participant signed a contact showing their commitment to all activities and the required behavior while cheering for their friends.


Chelsea Korsh created and led a program valued by youth, strengthened bonds between ages, and provided an opportunity for girls to grow their self-esteem while doing something they love.


Developmental Asset:

Positive Values


In 2012, Jerry Potter created a leadership ethics program for Edina High School youth and named it "Do the Right Thing." This past November, Jerry led a team of volunteers that worked with 64 students in a day-long seminar to discuss the process of making ethical decisions in life and in business. Over the past three years, close to 200 students have participated in the program.


Held in conjunction with EHS 212 Leadership, the seminars study ethics and provide a forum in which youth and adults can discuss how exhibiting ethical and moral conduct can lead to a fulfilling life. Jerry's visionary leadership gives youth the opportunity to explore the difficult choices they will face as they move into the world beyond


Jerry Potter has created and strongly guides a program that supports and enhances the important qualities of integrity, honesty, and responsibility, while personally inspiring moral conduct and choices.


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