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Reader News: WCER Scholarship Fund is 2016 'Peanut Partner'

Each year since 2008, the Willmar Kiwanis has embarked on a "peanut" fundraiser. The club solicits grant applications from non-profits throughout the community. The projects are reviewed and evaluated by the Grants Committee and a winner is selected.

Steve Brisendine, from left, and Tammy Rudningen, both representing Willmar Community Education and Recreation, accept a check from Becky Clayton, Willmar Kiwanis president.
Steve Brisendine, from left, and Tammy Rudningen, both representing Willmar Community Education and Recreation, accept a check from Becky Clayton, Willmar Kiwanis president.

Each year since 2008, the Willmar Kiwanis has embarked on a "peanut" fundraiser.

The club solicits grant applications from non-profits throughout the community. The projects are reviewed and evaluated by the Grants Committee and a winner is selected. This winner is the "Peanut Partner" for the fundraising campaign.

The Kiwanis Club then goes to work seeking donations from businesses and individuals in exchange for a box of peanuts. Over the years, the Kiwanis Club has donated over $80,000 to various "peanut partners." A large percentage of the campaign funds go to the "peanut partner;" however, smaller donations are also made to other nonprofits throughout the community.

The 2016 "Peanut Partner" is Willmar Community Ed & Rec - Scholarship Fund.

The following have been "Peanut Partners" over the years:

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β€’ Safe Avenues - Playground for Kids

β€’ YMCA Mentoring Program

β€’ Willmar Public Library - Homework Help Program

β€’ Harmony Visitation Center

β€’ Willmar Public Schools Child Guide Program - Wheels for Kids

β€’ United Way & Willmar Food Shelf - Support for Growmobile

β€’ West Central Industries - Lego Program for Challenged Youth

β€’ United Way Imagination Library & Little Free Libraries

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