Chisholm Events & News
The Chisholm Community Foundation sponsors a number of wonderful events each year. These events not only raise money for grants and scholarships, but also help cover the operating costs of the CCF, to ensure your donations go directly to our causes.
CCF events are a great way to bring friends, family and the community together and provide the CCF with a substantial source of revenue. Your support of these community events is greatly appreciated and makes a huge difference!
Chisholm Community Foundation Newsletters
See our archived newsletters to learn what the CCF has been doing over the past several months!
Be a part of the fun, unique and energetic events sponsored by the CCF! It’s a great way to support your community and get to know people! Mark your calendar for upcoming events now!
Whether you’re a local business, a family, or a resident, we have a number of options that allow you to donate specifically to the areas of community service that you care most deeply about!
Named donations and planned gifts are a great way to support the Chisholm community. Honor your friends, family members or neighbors while investing in your hometown in specific and meaningful ways ways!
We are proud to offer grants for innovative and important Chisholm community projects as well as scholarships to invest in the lives of our youth!
The Chisholm Community Foundation awarded $55,416 in grants for the first cycle of 2023, as well as $13,450 in scholarships to graduating seniors of Chisholm High School. The CCF has provided over $1.7 million in grants for community causes which has helped to make Chisholm a better place to live, work and raise families.
Please support your CCF and make a difference in our community!
The CCF Mission
Our mission is to serve the Chisholm and Balkan communities by stewarding funds for innovative and creative projects, which are responsive to community and economic development in the areas of social service, education, arts and culture, conservation, and historic and environmental preservation.
2023 & 2024 Events:
Mark your calendar. The following great events will be held in Chisholm in 2023 and 2024. Join us!
Keyboard Liquor Holiday Festival
Friday, December 1, 2023 – Valentini’s Supper Club. Begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will need to be purchased in advance. You can get them at Keyboard Liquor or Valentini’s Supper Club. Cost per person is $50 in advance; $60 at the door.
28th Annual Golf Outing
Monday, July 29, 2024 – Mesaba Country Club. Registration at 11:00 a.m.; Tee-off time at Noon. Cost is $110 per golfer. Cost includes green fees and dinner at Valentini’s. Hole sponsors are also available for $75. Your individual name or business will be placed on a sign and put on the course the day of the tourney. Please call the office at 218-254-1101 or MJ at 218-966-3223 to register or to become a hole sponsor.
Keyboard Liquor Hosts Holiday Festival
Paul and Suzi Ruper, owners of the Keyboard Liquor Store, hosted the 14th Annual Keyboard Liquor Holiday Festival on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Valentini’s Supper Club.
Approximately 100 people helped celebrate 14 years of this very popular and enjoyable event. People were able to purchase their favorite wine and spirits and receive them in time for the holidays. Valentini’s added their flair with an elegant buffet of hors d’oeuvres. Paul & Suzi donated $3,850 in proceeds to benefit the CCF. CCF Advisory Board Members assisted in planning and helping with the festival.
A very big thank you goes out to the following businesses and individuals who donated for the raffles: 30 West Fitness, CCF Board, Canal Park Brewery, Casey Drug, Rita Costanzi Charter, Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Greenhouse, Corktown Deli, Jen Gigliotti, Healthy Vibes, Jim’s Sports Club, Jubilee Foods, Keyboard Liquor, Martin Motors, Mary’s Lake Street Floral, Northwoods Salon, Donna & Rick Puhek, Rupp Furniture, Judi Scott, Shine Salon & Day Spa, Tom & Jerry’s, Tiff Tomassoni, Travis Vake, Valentini’s Supper Club, & Mary Zahorsky.
We’d especially like to thank Paul & Suzi for all their support throughout the years! We look forward to next year’s event which will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023. Hope to see you there!
Jim’s Sports Club All Class Reunion Breakfast
The 2022 Chisholm All Class Reunion was held in August and, by all accounts, was a huge success. There were many activities for everyone to attend and/or participate in—from the school tours, bean bag, axe throwing, smear & golf tournaments to the film festivals, waterski show, 5K run, live music, parade, and fireworks—everyone had a great time! No other community does it like Chisholm!! A very special shout out and thanks to Mark Wangensteen, Jeannie Quirk, and Hannah Casey Forti for all the time and effort they put into planning this outstanding community celebration.
Another event that took place was the All Class Reunion breakfast sponsored by Jim’s Sports Club. Special thanks go out to Kelly and her crew for all their hard work and for donating proceeds of $1,000 to the CCF! Thanks to Miss Chisholm, Jolene Quirk and candidates, Gracie Bakkethun and Lola Huhta for helping at the breakfast. We appreciate everyone’s support!
CCF 27th Annual Golf Outing
The Chisholm Community Foundation held its 27th annual golf tournament on July 24, 2023, at the Mesaba Country Club, where 121 golfers participated in a great day on the course. A delicious buffet dinner was held at Valentini’s Supper Club after the tourney. Congrats go out to Team Soni – Danny Tomassoni, Dante Tomassoni, Jeff Gornick, Mike Modich and Bill Olson – who won the tourney with a score of 57.
Thank you to all our corporate partners, hole sponsors, golfers, businesses, and individuals who donated prizes, and all the volunteers who gave their time to assist throughout the day and evening. With your help, we raised over $15,000.00. Special thanks go out to the Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce for conducting the raffles at the event and donating the proceeds to benefit the CCF and to the City of Chisholm for sponsoring the lunches. Join us next year on Monday, July 29, 2024 for a fun-filled day on the links!
Class of 1968 Gives Back!
After celebrating the 50th reunion of the Chisholm Class of 1968, it was decided to donate the remaining fund balance of $1,380 to the Chisholm Community Foundation in appreciation for the good start in life graduates received by living in the community of Chisholm. Our class has had many reunions over the past 50 years. This year’s two-day event, held at Tom & Jerry’s and Valentini’s Supper Club, was described by many as fun, a great time and restorative. It’s good to give back to the town that helped shape who you are! Members of the Class of 1968 are pictured below.
Top Row (L to R): Jeff Lundell, Jack Kirk, Victor Bodnia, Chuck Oman, Debbie “Doesken” Verlo, Carol “Petrini” Shanks, Tom Lopac, Tom Varichak, Dale Rapovich, Mike Nelson, Duane Delich.
Fifth Row (L to R): Joanne “Podlogar” Watson, Pat “Verant” Carrels, Barbara “Bodin” Ukura, Janis Niemi, Laura “Oresek” Perry, Charlotte “Oddo” Unseth, Charlotte “Gornick” Nash, Kendra Casey, Jane “Rudstrom” Holland, Beverly “Johnson” Lundorff, Rosemary “Valentini” Lewerer, Jackie “Mcleod” Werket, Roxine “Goslar” Lawton.
Fourth Row (L to R): Jim Minerich, Jeanne “Kne” Mueller, Claire “Erspamer” Rupar, Linda “Hendrickson” Bateman, Vicki “Verant” Anderson, Bobbi “Kosloski” McCarthy, Vince Repesh, Larry Cardoni, Dick Tomassoni, Tom Medved, Bruce Anderson.
Third Row (L to R): Larry Stainiger, Bill Hanegmon, Gary Jance, Marianne “Hanks” Johnson, Noah Lindemann, Larry Belluzzo, Tim Franzen, Jerry Janezich, Sam Nenadich, Ernie Deluca.
Second Row (L to R): Gary Vake, David Bicanich, Dianne “Ivanca” Halfen, Tom Salonen, Karen “Lillquist” Midthun, Bettie “Stalker” Leustek, Kathy “Vitali” Mehle, Nancy “Bartolus” Sertich, Jeanne “Kautto” Froemming, Bob Rupar, Joanne “Belluzzo” Olson, Joe Sertich.
Bottom Row (Left to Right): Chris “Arko” Freeman, Connie “Samsa” Peterson, Peggy Yost, Judy “Briski” Stainiger, Patty “Badiali” Levstek, Todd Clark, Gaynelle “Johnson” Lee, Mary “Bonicelli” Gaviglio, Connie “Bradovich” Van Blarcum, Marilyn Mayry.
Chisholm Veterans Memorial Fund
Our Association with the Chisholm Community Foundation has been a good working relationship. Our member Veterans are very supportive of our fund and the Chisholm Community Foundation.
The Chisholm Community Foundation (CCF) has been a major supporter of the City of Chisholm’s Parks and Recreation Department. Just a few of the projects they have supported with funding include:
1. Improvements to the Chisholm Longyear Walking Trail with resurfacing and connectivity to the local nursing home.
2. The development of eight new bocce ball courts.
3. Replace new playground equipment at two locations.
4. Replaced the fencing at the Memorial Football Field.
5. The development of the Doc “Moonlight” Graham Baseball Field with irrigation, fencing, concrete bleacher pads and accessible walkways.
These are just a few of the highlighted projects the CCF has helped the City of Chisholm Parks and Recreation Department support with grant funding.
The CCF is an intricate component granting funding to the City of Chisholm’s limited budget to help improve parks and recreational facilities. It impacts all ages of people outside and within our community. The City of Chisholm cannot thank the Chisholm Community Foundation enough for supporting the development of our small but wonderful community that we call home!
The Chisholm Public Schools are extremely grateful for the grants that we have been awarded over the years. Through their generosity, the Chisholm Community Foundation has enhanced educational, artistic, athletic and technological opportunities for the school and community. Thank you to the CCF for putting the needs of Chisholm first.
Philanthropy doesn’t need to be complicated nor does it require great wealth. We found a way to participate in giving back to the community we love that’s convenient, financially comfortable and personally rewarding. We chose to use life insurance as our way to give back for the education and community services that were provided to us over our life time. We took out a $100,000 life insurance policy and named the CCF as the beneficiary and the irrevocable owner of the policy. By working with the Minnesota Community Foundation and our financial advisor, we were able to find a way that will create future unrestricted funds for the foundation and leave a legacy.
Both of us graduated with the Class of 1968 and personally received 26 years (K-12 X 2) of education that currently is valued at about $12,000 per year. So, it seemed right for us to try to repay a part of what our parents, grandparents, and citizens of Chisholm had invested in us. The community of Chisholm provided a great place to raise our two children. Chisholm is a special place with a bright future. We liked the fact that we are contributing to sustain the community by providing resources to make it even better!