United Way of Bemidji Area surpasses 2021 campaign goal

With a goal of $575,000, United Way surpassed its goal with a grand total of $672,480.

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BEMIDJI — The United Way of Bemidji Area recently celebrated its 2021 Campaign for the Community virtually with a series of videos that recognized the community’s successes.

The United Way recognized businesses receiving awards and revealed the total of the 2021 Campaign for the Community.

With a goal of $575,000, United Way surpassed its goal with a grand total of $672,480.

The United Way’s campaign cabinet, which is divided into divisions and chaired by volunteers, has worked effortlessly to help secure the final donations needed to reach the United Way’s results of over $150,000, a release said.

The following awards were also presented:


Employee Participation Awards are awarded to internal campaigns with an increase in employee participation rate.

  • Bronze – 50% Employee Participation: Boys & Girls Club of Bemidji Area, Evergreen Youth and Family Services and Sathre Title.
  • Gold – 70% Employee Participation and an increase of 9%: First National Bank Bemidji, Karvakko P.A., and Widseth Smith Nolting.

President's Awards are given to businesses and corporations with contributions of $1,000 or more.  

  • Contributions of $1,000 to $4,999: Beltrami Electric, Bemidji Brewing Company, Bemidji Chrysler Center, Bob Lowth Ford, Brother’s Group Restaurants, Calvary Lutheran Church, Coca Cola Bottling, D-S Beverages, Deerwood Bank, Dondelinger GM, Fisher Paint and Paper, Lueken’s Village Foods, Jake Bluhm State Farm, Karvakko P.A., Ken K Thompson, Knife River Materials, Paul Bunyan Communications, Potlatch Deltic, Security Bank USA, Tall Pines Family Dentistry, Up North Sports, UPS and Wagner Plumbing.
  • Contributions of $5,000 to $9,999: Northwoods Lumber, RiverWood Bank and West Fraser.
  • Contributions over $10,000: First National Bank Bemidji and Sanford Health.

Executive Director’s Awards were given to Lueken’s Village Foods and Dondelinger GM .

The Axe traveling trophy was presented to Sanford Health for outstanding community support.

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