Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2011 Philanthropists of the Year

Tom and Barb Johnson of Menomonie was honored recently as the 2011 Philanthropists of the Year through the Chippewa Valley Fundraising Professionals. The Johnsons are well known for their active philanthropy in the Menomonie area and Chippewa Valley.

Being a philanthropist and promoting philanthropy is important to the Johnsons. Tom said, “I am not interested in promotion for the sake of promotion itself, this seems like a dead end. Philanthropy, however, is different. Philanthropy, properly focused, can provide benefits for those in need and often for people we may never know.

“The other important aspect of philanthropy is that people find joy in participating in altruistic activities. It seems we often go through life searching for things that make us happy... when, through an act of kindness to others, happiness simply finds us!”

Additionally, attending the event was Mark Kalscheur, Bremer Bank Retail Manager in Menomonie, photographed below with one of the first recipients of the Bert Swanson Scholarship award, Michelle Dingwall from Feed My People organization.

Maltee McMahon, NRS, Wisconsin

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