Touchstone Awards Luncheon Honors Non-Profits

September 18, 2017 09:56 PM

Another successful Touchstone Award luncheon is in the books.

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Non-profit organizations that work to prevent household fires, teach young people leadership skills and provide opportunities to children were honored Monday with the Touchstone Award by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. 

The award recognizes outstanding and thought-leading work reflecting the Community Foundation's ideals of generosity, inclusiveness and civic engagement. All of the winners and nominees received grants of varying size from the Community Foundation. 

More than 350 guests, including donors, nonprofit providers and local officials, attended the ceremony at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. This was the 23rd annual presentation of the Touchstone Award, one of the longest-running nonprofit honors in the region. 

The winners are:

Generosity: The American Red Cross Serving Northern Minnesota for its Home Fire Campaign, an effort to provide education and smoke detectors to residents to prevent fires, provide early escape warning and ultimately save lives. 

Civic Engagement: The Scott Anderson Leadership Forum for providing leadership training to area high school students. The program, now in its 13th year, has provided foundational leadership skills and programs to hundreds of teens across the Northland. 

Inclusiveness: The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative for its Enhancing Opportunities for Youth Program. This program, based at a Duluth public school, helps to narrow the Opportunity Gap by providing new experiences and relationships to young people, offering chances in life that they otherwise might not have received. 

Executive Director of the collaborative, Jen Eddy, told us, "We are excited to be recognized for our work. And someone here offered to bring their horse to the program. It's those connections in the community that are so important."

The four other finalists are:1) Life House's Transitional Employment Program, renamed "The Legitimate Hustle."  2) Boys and Girls Club of the Northland and their Teen Center Project 3) Friends of the Finland Community 4) YWCA of Duluth and Creating Future Women Leaders. 


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