Being Grateful in 2022

Being Grateful in 2022

Black River Falls was truly blessed when Gil Homstad decided to ‘come home’ after living in Madison. Gil is a humble and discreet man who has done more for this area than most of us will ever realize. Over the past thirty-six years, if you looked closely behind the...

Being Grateful in 2022

BRF Alumni Students make their Hometown Proud!

BRF Alumni not only shine during their years in school, but also once they have completed their educations and enter the workforce. Below is a short update on a few past BRF Alumni Scholarship recipients. The BRF community should be very proud of these young men and...

Being Grateful in 2022

Foundation Makes History With Alumni Scholarship Awards

Thanks to a generous gift from Peter and Jone Hoffman, the Foundation was able to award a scholarship to each and every BRF Alumni Applicant in 2021. It would generally be assumed there would be some applications that would be ineligible due to the scholarship...

Being Grateful in 2022

Recognizing Need, Taking Action!

Peter & Jone Hoffman In June, the Foundation published a newspaper article listing the 2020 and 2021 recipients of scholarships managed by the Foundation. It also discussed the wonderful support our community provides for graduating seniors and addressed the need...

Being Grateful in 2022

Being Grateful in 2021

In 1985, Gil Homstad recognized a need and took action. That action resulted in the creation of the Black River Falls Area Foundation, which set a record as the smallest (population) community in the entire country to have a Foundation. Starting with zero dollars, the...

Being Grateful in 2022

Being Grateful in 2020

Our last Annual Report was distributed in June of 2019 at our annual FRIENDS of the FOUNDATION luncheon. Our theme was ‘Covering All the Bases’ and Trustees wore their Foundation Team jerseys and hats while ball park music played throughout the Skyline. The smell of...

Being Grateful in 2022

Honoring Dr. Richard Holder Long-time BRF Community Team Physician

When Richard Holder was a young boy two events occurred which would have a profound effect on the rest of his life. At the age of ten Richard had a terribly sore throat. It was extremely painful and almost impossible for him to swallow. It was even becoming difficult...

Being Grateful in 2022

Mary Van Gorden receives our “Special People” Award!

Mary was born at home in Black River Falls on January 10, 1930, to Kathleen and J. Bruce Van Gorden. Older sister Jo Ann was already on the scene. Sister Beth followed in 1934. (There was no hospital in Black River until 1932.) Van Gorden sisters in 1959. "The Three...

Being Grateful in 2022

Al & Jeanette Lahmayer Award Recipients

The Trustees of the Foundation have selected Al and Jeanette Lahmayer as recipients of this year’s Special People Award. Al and Jeanette have been true partners in their life journey, their personal lives, in part of Al’s professional career, and in their community...

Being Grateful in 2022

Bill Millis – Special Person Award Recipient

Bill Millis’s roots are deeply embedded in Jackson County. Bill’s grandfather, Jake Millis, was born in 1877 to pioneer parents, near Morrison Creek. Jake passed on his entrepreneurial drive to his children and grandchildren. Jake’s foresight in developing a transport...