January 8, 2014
Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg donated $5,000 to the local Boys & Girls Club in honor of his former high-school teacher LeMar Nelson at the Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Nelson currently serves as a Director on the Blooming Prairie Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. When he was informed he would be bestowed with the Citizen of the Year Award, he heeded the suggestion of Cheri Krejci, a local philanthropic and volunteer leader, and decided to ask people to give money to support the Boys & Girls Club mission.
The $10,000 project began last April and since then there has been at least 300 hours of remodeling work done by volunteers. The objective is to repair the Club’s facilities, which will shore up the costs of having meals prepared offsite.
Since August the fundraising drive has been selling pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that forms a picture of the children who utilize the Boys & Girls Club’s services. Each puzzle piece is $5. Only 200 of the original 2000 pieces remain.
Blooming Prairie, a town with a population of 1,970, has struggled to keep the Boys & Girls Club running at times.
Once they have sold the remaining 200 puzzle pieces, the puzzle will be glued together in its entirety, then framed and hung on a Club wall.