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 $54,208 in grants for the first cycle of 2021, as well as $29,400 in scholarships to graduating seniors of Chisholm High School. The CCF has provided over $1.6 million in grants for community causes, which has helped to make Chisholm a better place to live, work and raise families.
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.
2021 Chisholm Events: Support Your Community!
Mark your calendar. The following great events will be held in Chisholm in 2021. Join us!
25th Annual Golf Outing
Monday, July 26, 2021 at the Mesaba Country Club in Hibbing. Registration – 11:00; shotgun start – Noon. Dinner to follow at Valentini’s.
Valentini’s Supper Club Annual Burger Bash –
Fall 2021 (date to be determined).
Keyboard Liquor Holiday Festival
Friday, December 3, 2021 beginning at 6:00 at Valentini’s Supper Club.
Golf Hole Sponsor
2021 Event Memories
Valentini’s Hosts Chisholm Chili Warm-Up
This past February, the Chisholm Community Foundation joined forces with Valentini’s Supper Club in a fun, unique friendraiser called the Chisholm Chili Warm-up. We coincided the event with the Polar Bear Days’ event “Sled the City,” allowing folks to “warm-up” after a fun afternoon of sledding in downtown Chisholm.
We divided and conquered by having CCF board members selling tickets and helping out on the sledding hill, as well as folks serving up meal orders for both Covid-friendly curbside and indoor dining. All-in-all, we ended up selling 160 tickets and raising over $1,400 for the Chisholm Community Foundation. On behalf of all CCF board members, I would like to thank the staff at Valentini’s for their wonderful collaboration and teamwork in this event with us. As we are nearing the end of spring and welcoming the summer season, we are looking forward to more community involvement and fundraising events that can help us work toward furthering our vision of stewardship and investment in our wonderful city of Chisholm.
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!