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Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Highlights Storytelling in Annual Celebration

The Duluth Superior Community Foundation held their annual celebration on Wednesday night at the DECC. Among other things, the power of storytelling was celebrated at the event. The Duluth Superior Community Foundation held their annual celebration on Wednesday night at the DECC. Among other things, the power of storytelling was celebrated at the event. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

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Updated: May 23, 2019 01:36 AM

Storytelling has the power to educate and change communities, especially when it addresses challenging issues such as poverty and the opportunity gap. 

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That''s what a national expert told about 300 guests on Wednesday afternoon at the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation's Annual Celebration held at the DECC.

The celebration is the annual meeting where the Community Foundation assesses its work over the past 12 months, looks ahead to the coming year and announces new members of its Board of Trustees.

Donors, supporters, community leaders, and others came together to hear about StoryCorps, a national nonprofit based in New York City that builds communities through storytelling. They do that by telling one-on-one stories about everyday life in our community and recording them to learn from one another.

"The other really exciting thing about StoryCorps is all of these stories are recorded, and then shared with the library of Congress in Washington D.C., so these stories that will come from Duluth and Superior will be archived at the library of Congress," said Duluth Superior Community Foundation President and CEO Holly Sampson.   

In addition to the StoryCorps experience, stakeholders got to assess the foundation work over the last year and look ahead to the coming year. 

Also at the Annual Celebration, the Community Foundation announced that ALLETE/Minnesota Power had received the founding Opportunity Rising Partner Award. The award recognizes local employers addressing the opportunity gap. Sampson cited ALLETE/Minnesota Power’s commitment to college scholarships as one reason the company was chosen.

The Duluth-Superior Community Foundation is building to be a permanent fund which contributes to 415 scholarships and area charitable causes.

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