June 2019 Newsletter

This is the same content that was sent out in the June 2019 newsletter. 

Celebrating Three Amazing Friends

David Andreas
David Andreas passed away on January 15, 2019. David is survived by his wife Debbie. Together, they are among a special cohort of philanthropists who have been steadfast MicroGrants donors since our founding in 2006. He is also survived by his children, Genevieve and Jacob (Sadie); and his granddaughter, Lena.

David’s service on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards demonstrate his broad interests, his high capacity, and his deep compassion. He was a true asset to the Twin Cities community. He was the force behind hundreds of grantee successes.

Mike Ducar
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Michael Ducar, a steadfast MicroGrants supporter for many years, passed away on March 8, 2019. Mike is survived by his wife, Debbie; his children, Jennifer Scott (James), Christopher, and Sandy Kerrigan (Scott); his grandchildren, Henry, Austin, Bailey, and Sarah; and several nephews and nieces.

After graduating from Georgetown University, Mike served with the Army ROTC before attending Harvard Business School. He then pursued a career in finance, working at IDS for 20 years in several capacities.

Mike lived out the value of looking back and giving a hand-up to people of potential. Many lives were transformed by his generous gifts.

Lucy Hartwell
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Lucy Hartwell, a MicroGrants donor since 2008, passed away on January 26, 2019. Lucy is survived by her children, David Hartwell (Elizabeth De Baut), Jill Geoffrion (Tim), Lucy Heegaard (Jeff), and Charlie Hartwell (Maureen Pelton); her grandchildren, Suzanne, Jason, Courtney, Beau, Tim, Dan, Jennifer, Chad, Jason, Lucy, Marae, and Charlie; and eight great-grandchildren.

Lucy was an early believer in and supporter of Lights On!. She continued to support the initiative to the very end with a generous legacy gift. Thank you, Lucy!

Lights On! at the MN Police Chief Conference

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Lights On! Program Director Sherman Patterson and MicroGrants CEO Don Samuels gave two presentations at the Executive Training Institute and Law Enforcement conference in St. Cloud on April 15 and 16. The first presentation was to a general audience of police chiefs from around the state, while the audience for the second presentation was the executive committee of the Minnesota Chiefs Association. Sherman and Don’s conversations led to 11 new departments joining Lights On!

Honoring Barbara Grossman

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Barbara Grossman has been a supporter of MicroGrants for many years. She is on the board and served on the Women’s Committee for several years. Additionally, she helped Operations Manager Kristine Barstow manage the summer interns from Yale University. We are SO grateful for Barb’s many contributions to MicroGrants!

Thank You to Our MicroGrants Florida Donors

Daniel W. & Alice Anderson
Joseph & Mary Ann Bausman
John & Valerie Klosterman
John T. Blount
Bruce & Karla Conley
Michael & Debbie Ducar
Jaye F. & Betty F. Dyer Foundation
The Garrity Family Giving
Charles E. & Arlene Garrity
Nevin R. & Marialice P. Harwood
Jack Hurst Charitable Fund
Roger & Fran Kock
Michael D. & Eleanor A. Lyon
Macchia Family Foundation
John & Cathy Mayer
John L. Mitchell
James O. Ramsland
Dennis & Lynn A. Ritchie
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Anthony C. & Nancy Winch
Ted & Frances A. Yoch

Grantee Spotlight

Business Grantee: Sylvia

Education Grantee: Jassmin

Business Grantee: D’Narius

Southwest Florida Chapter Success Story

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MicroGrants Board Member Chuck Garrity operates a chapter of MicroGrants in Southwest Florida. This chapter has nine Partner Agencies that serve a wide variety of people with varying needs.

St. Matthew’s House is one of those Partner Agencies. It offers a variety of services, combatting homelessness, hunger, addiction, and poverty.

Stan Schoenewald encountered St. Matthew’s House after years of drug and alcohol use put his life into a downward spiral. At St. Matthew’s House, he became sober and began exercising.

A $1,500 grant from MicroGrants allowed Schoenewald to get certified as a personal trainer. He now teaches exercise classes and runs marathons. He attributes his sobriety and other accomplishments to God. “God put the right people in my path,” he says.

Last year, eight participants in various St. Matthew’s House programs received grants from MicroGrants, across all areas of grants that we offer. We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of transformation stories like Schoenewald’s, and we are so proud of how far he has come!

This story draws on reporting from the Naples Daily News.