Okoboji Foundation's 2018 Youth In Philanthropy Sets Fundraising Record

Tue 5-8-2018

            (Arnolds Park)-- It was another highly successful year for the Okoboji Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy group. It was announced Monday the group set a new fundraising record, raising $68,160.

Grants were awarded to help fund a discharge project at the Spirit Lake fish hatchery; medical equipment for the mobile medical unit for Dickinson County Emergency Management; restrooms at Terrace Park Beach and updates at the Dickinson County Izaak Walton League Trap Field.

125 lakes area high school students have participated in the Youth In Philanthropy program since 2010, raising a total of more than $270,000 for various capital projects in the lakes area.

2018 Youth in Philanthropy participants include: Logan Abrahamson, Tyler Adams, Madyson Bergendahl, Ian Brandt, Hannah Butler, Nick Christensen, Brady Clausen, Kourtney Delperdang, Ryer Donkersloot, Bradenn Droegmiller, Grace Eckard, Emma Hamm, Brooke Harrington, Jamison Helmers, Connor Jensen, Camry Jones, Lindsay Kujanson, Jacob Lamb, Emerson Latham, Annie Lux, Nancy Lynn Maris, Ally Morreim, Adam Skopec, Annika Stecker, Abigail Stucker, Maddie Vierkant and Samantha Vos. 

Youth in Philanthropy teaches the next generation about the importance of community giving. Students meet monthly beginning in October and run through May to learn about the Okoboji Foundation, other nonprofits, raise funds and to make grants steered by student decision. 

Application to participate in Youth in Philanthropy is available online each September at (under the Youth tab). Contact Rob Waterhouse or Holly Skopec at the Okoboji Foundation with questions. Phone 712-332-7177 or email