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Cook County Non-Profits are celebrated at Dessert to the Max event

Nov 13, 2019 08:23PM ● By Editor
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From Boreal Community Media - November 13, 2019

Community members gathered to say thank you to twelve Cook County Non-Profit organizations at Dessert to the Max held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Wednesday night in Grand Marais.  

In keeping up with the theme, each non-profit offered trays of sweet treats and distributed literature and other information about their mission and programs.  The participating non-profit organizations were Boreal Community Media, Cook County Higher Education, Grand Marais Playhouse, North Shore Healthcare Foundation, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, The Violence Prevention Center, WTIP Radio, Care Partners, Grand Marais Art Colony, Cook County Historical Society, the North Shore Music Association and Cook County Friends of the Library.

Each participating non-profit had a table, trays of sweet treats, distributed literature and other information and chatted with community members. 

Boreal Community Media Board Chairman Jeff Latz welcomed the audience.

After a social hour, Boreal Board chairman Jeff Latz welcomed the audience, introduced the Boreal Board of Directors and Executive Director Lisa 
Bauer and thanked all of the non-profit leaders for their participation and contributions to the community.

Before introducing Joan Gardner-Goodno, Executive Director of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Latz described the Boreal working partnership with the Foundation to develop the Boreal Student Technology Internship program.  "We are now in our third generation of interns who are Cook County high school students with an interest in computer science.  The community benefits from the interns helping troubleshoot their technology problems, while the interns get real world, practical experience applying their technology interests to helping other people," said Latz, "None of this would be possible without the help and coaching of Joan and the Lloyd K. Foundation."

 Ms. Gardner-Goodno addresses the audience at Dessert to the Maxx.

Ms. Gardner Goodno talked about her childhood of being one of six siblings who lost their father at age 46 due to a heart attack.  "We were left with nothing and depended on the help of the community.  That experience taught me the power of community," said Gardner-Goodno.  She described how that early life experience propelled into a lifetime career of helping people in need.

She described the genesis of the Foundation started by Lloyd K. Johnson which was begun in 1975. "Lloyd loved Cook County - to him, it was home," she said.  Johnson died in 2006 at the age of 96 and left his entire estate to the Foundation.  His single request was that some of the funds be devoted to scholarships for Cook County High School students.  Since the inception, 67 students have received over $638,000 in scholarships from the Foundation.

Gardner-Goodno went on to describe the focus of the Foundation in supporting Cook County non-profits by distribution of $306,000 to Cook County non-profits.  "I know the difference non-profits make in Cook County.  They are led by people with passion and who want to make a difference.  My greatest joy is getting to know these leaders and feel their passion", said Gardner-Goodno.

Gardner-Goodno complemented Cook County non-profits for their ability to collaborate and solve problems.  "That is very unique to Cook County." she said.  She went onto describe how non-profits make life more rich and enjoyable for residents of Cook County..  

She urged people to make financial contributions on Give to the Max day.  "If you can't make a financial contribution, then volunteer.  And if it is impossible to volunteer, then just say thank you. Write a note, tell people 'thank you for doing what you do', tell people they are doing a good job.  It goes a long ways," said Gardner-Goodno.

The evening ended with a door prize drawing with several prizes from the non-profits given away to community members.  

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