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BCF to unveil first ‘Community Spirit Award’ recipient at 2nd annual Oak & Vine
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 29. 2013 6:00AM
A night of mingling next month in the banquet room of the Brandon Municipal Golf Course is expected to pad the coffers of the Brandon Community Foundation.”

“We’re toasting our blessings,” said Gary Maassen, president of the BCF Board of Directors. “In a sense, it is that.”

The second annual Oak & Vine event is planned for Saturday evening, Nov. 9.

“It’s our signature fundraising event,” Maassen said, “and purpose of the event is to continue to the build the endowment, and the purpose of the endowment is to give back to Brandon because we’re a quality of life organization – that’s our focus.”

The casual Oak & Vine evening will offer hors d’oeuvres, a variety of wines, a short program consisting of presentations of the BCF’s fall grant awards and the fist annual Gene Johnson Family Community Service Award.

Maassen said the BCF created this award for a person(s) that have given to the community.

“The Gene Johnson Family name was used to recognize Gene, who had the vision to get the Foundation started,” Maassen said.

This year, the BCF has secured two matching donors, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls-Brandon Branch, and Pam and Tony Bosch. Combined, the two entities will match up to $17,500 of funds raised at the Oak & Vine event.

“We so appreciative that they’ve stepped forward to be matching donors,” Maassen said. “Obviously, it’s very significant in the amount raised.”

Although everyone is welcome to attend, Maassen said invitations have been mailed out to those who have donated to the BCF in the past or attended last years Oak & Vine.

BCF’s Big Project plans
Following several months of discussion, the BCF’s Big Projects Committee has narrowed its options down to three projects: a gazebo at McHardy Park, a picnic shelter at the Big Sioux Recreatoion Area dog park, and helping to secure a new home for the Brandon Historical Society and its museum.

According to Big Project Committee member, Lisa VandeVoort, the Committee has determined they would like the Foundation would like to support all three projects by partnering with the stakeholders and securing an outside partner to help fund the projects to completion.

“All of the projects are preliminary,” VandeVoort stressed.

“The Foundation is a way to show your thankfulness to the community by giving back,” Maassen said.

While the Oak & Vine has developed into an annual opportunity to give to the BCF, Maassen reminds residents that donations can be made anytime.
A night of mingling next month in the banquet room of the Brandon Municipal Golf Course is expected to pad the coffers of the Brandon Community Foundation.” “We’re toasting our blessings,” said Gary Maassen, president of the BCF Board of Directors. “In a
What: Brandon Community Foundation’s second Annual Oak & Vine
When: Saturday, Nov. 9 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Brandon Municipal Golf Course banquet room
Cost: Suggested donation of $125 per person or $250 per couple
To learn more: www.brandoncf.org.





Mark Gross (right) pours a glass of wine for Tim Minihan at Friday's first ever Oak & Vine, a fundraising event hosted by the Brandon Community Foundation. Challenger file photo



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