CSF drive gains steam

Dollar by dollar, 2013 drive marches on

 

Sandy Husnik, owner of Ace Hardware in Forest Lake and Wyoming, fills out a placard for the Community Scholarship Foundation retail fundraiser that collects individual donations at area business places. Husnik, who has been involved in the hardware business for 40 years, has been a steady supporter of the local nonprofit scholarship program. (Photo by Cliff Buchan)

Sandy Husnik, owner of Ace Hardware in Forest Lake and Wyoming, fills out a placard for the Community Scholarship Foundation retail fundraiser that collects individual donations at area business places. Husnik, who has been involved in the hardware business for 40 years, has been a steady supporter of the local nonprofit scholarship program. (Photo by Cliff Buchan)

Cliff Buchan
Staff Writer

Dollar by dollar, the 2013 fund drive by the Forest Lake Area Community Scholarship Foundation marches on.

With a little over two months to go before the graduation of the Forest Lake High School class of 2013, the CSF continues to seek funds to meet scholarship needs for this year’s seniors and post-graduates now in college who seek CSF funding.

With the end of April drawing near, the CSF continues to shoot for a fund drive of $140,000 in donations and endowments. Those funds will be used to bankroll a 2013 scholarship donation pool goal of $90,000, the board said this week.

Now in its 40th year, the nonprofit CSF has topped $1 million in scholarship awards since its founding in 1973. A total of 99 students shared in $71,000 in scholarships in 2012.

While donations come from businesses, organizations and individuals, endowments also play a key roll.

The CSF Board announced this week the establishment of a Gaughan Family Foundation endowment in the amount of $50,000. Interest netted from the endowment will be used annually to fund scholarships.

So far this year when all donations and endowments are counted, CSF has collected $105,605, according to the CSF website this week.

“We would not be able to celebrate this remarkable achievement without the generosity of civic-minded businesses, service organizations and individuals like you,” said CSF President Leo Sinna in a note to local donors as the drive marked its 40th year.

“As the cost of education continues to rise, so too does the demand for well-educated and well-trained citizens. Your contribution to FLACSF is an investment not only in our students, but also in our community and in the lives and communities that our students touch along the way.”

Retail Drive

But it’s not just the large endowments that help turn the wheels of the annual scholarship program.

Every dollar helps, Sinna says. That’s the philosophy behind the current retail fundraiser that is taking place throughout the month of April.

NW_CSF 2At many businesses located in Forest Lake School District 831, shoppers have the opportunity to donate a buck or two. A signed placard showing the donor’s support of CSF is displayed in the store.

Participating businesses are encouraged to promote the retail drive. If a business can obtain $500 in customer donations, a named scholarship will follow for that business.

Last year’s drive collected just less than $2,000 and it is hoped that amount will be greatly exceeded this spring, the board said.

The retail fundraiser is another way for the public to help fund scholarships for students living in the Forest Lake School District.

How to help

The CSF welcomes tax deductible donations by mail or via its website.

Mailed donations to the Forest Lake Area Community Scholarship Foundation may be sent in care of First State Bank of Wyoming, P.O. Box 308, Wyoming, MN 55092.

With the CSF’s new protected website, donations are also possible online. To donate online, go to www.flacs.org and follow the links.

Board members also got wet and cold this past winter to help the 2013 drive. A CSF team took part in the Forest Lake Rotary Club’s Winter Plunge in February and collected pledges that netted $2,500 for this year’s fund drive while also helping out the local Rotarians with their fundraiser.

Golf anyone?

Although the weather this April doesn’t inspire thoughts of playing golf, the CSF is in progress of making plans for its late summer golf outing.

The fifth annual Pat Cheyne Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, at Forest Hills Golf Course in Forest Lake. A wine and beer tasting event is part of the full day of fun that includes golf and a meal at Forest Hills.

More details on the golf tournament will be coming later, but preliminary information can be found online at www.flacsf.org.

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