Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund seeks Women Making Waves and Ripple Maker nominations

Awards celebrate women making a difference in the Brainerd lakes area and the work of local nonprofits supporting women and children

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From left are Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund 2022 committee members Jill Casper, Leah Boedigheimer, Kathy Sell, Lisa H., Mary Savage and Kim Rollins. Not pictured are Kelly Burns and Pam Thomsen.

BRAINERD – The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund invites the public to join them at Grand View Lodge on April 18, 2023, to honor the Women Making Waves and Ripple Maker recipients.

These awards recognize women who have significantly contributed by giving of their time and/or financial resources to help local charities.

BLAWF is taking nominations for these awards online at

Last year’s recipients were Becky Twamley as the 2020-22 Women Making Waves award recipient and Kaytlin Hart as the first-ever 2022 Ripple Maker award recipient.

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Kaytlin Hart, left, 2022 Ripple Maker award recipient, and Becky Twamley, 2020 Women Making Waves award recipient.

The BLAWF will also formally award recipients from the recently opened grant round to selected nonprofits who are committed to supporting the educational, health and wellness, and financial empowerment of women and children in the lakes area.


Nonprofits are encouraged to apply for this year’s grant round if their focus fits the application criteria, which may be found online at

The past year grant recipients included: My Neighbor to Love Coalition for a supportive housing community helping low income and/or homeless, TheShop for their afterschool Girls Who Code program, Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to assist with providing safety and self-reliance to a home build recipient, The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes to help combat food insecurities, Advocates Against Domestic Abuse (dba HOPE) to provide housing and comprehensive services to those overcoming domestic violence, the Central Lakes Rotary Club for the Rotary Ends Human Trafficking concert event raising awareness around human trafficking, WeARE the Clinic to assist with reproductive health education, Smiles for Jake movement to assist with raising mental health awareness, Women Who Lead to support entrepreneurial women, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation for general support and grants, and the Northland Arboretum to empower women to lead and lean into nature project.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund presented local nonprofits with $30,000 in grants to fund projects supporting the health, financial empowerment and education for women and children in the lakes area.

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