ST. CLOUD (WJON News) - The Bernick Family Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to local non-profits. Founded in 1989, the foundation supports organizations that reflect the family’s core values.

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Jason Bernick, Bernick’s Director of Corporate Affairs made the announcement Tuesday.

This year's grant recipients will truly have an impact on communities that we share a stake in and we are proud to be a part of helping make these programs and projects possible. Bernick’s is honored to uphold our family tradition of serving Customers and Community since 1916.

Among this year’s recipients”

  • $10,000 was awarded to the Smokey Timbers Foundation to help with building improvements.
  • $15,000 was awarded to the City of Melrose for Sauk River Park improvements.
  • $15,000 was awarded to the Alexandria Public Schools - Community Education for the Alexandria Area Outdoor Challenge Park.
  • $20,000 was awarded to the Pillager Family Council for the Pillager Community Recreation and Fitness Project including a skating rink and pickleball courts.
  • $15,000 was awarded to the Northwood Technical College Foundation Inc. to purchase tool sets for outreach for Construction Essentials.
  • $15,000 was awarded to the GND Development Alliance for the completion of GND REC Skatepark.
  • $10,000 was awarded to Life House, Inc. for their Life House Imaginarium program.
  • $15,000 was awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota for their CareerSTART Workforce Development Program.
  • $20,000 was awarded to the Sartell Lions Club for the Sartell-area Lions Regional Inclusive Playground Project.
  • $15,000 was awarded to Glacial Ridge Curling for their Glacial Ridge Curling Facility Capital Campaign.

Bernick’s is a fourth-generation family-owned business headquartered in Waite Park. Officials say the Bernick Family Foundation, administered through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, provides financial support and in-kind donations to over 100 causes every year.


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