Sixth annual banquet set for April 1

This is a big year for the SVACF Annual Banquet. We have a wonderful guest speaker, Karice Bezdicek Stern, who hails from Spring Valley, class of 1990. We have terrific auction and silent auction prizes accompanied by excellent food and drink from Four Daughters. New this year will be music by Tim Dallman during the social hour.

But most importantly, we are welcoming four new board members and saying “Thank you” to four original board members including Chairman Sue Kolling.

Join us April 1 to celebrate the work of the foundation and to say thank you and welcome to our board.

Tickets are $40. We also have “Golden Tickets” for $100 this year that include a free drink and entry into a special drawing. See any board member or stop at the city office. 


‘Peter and Wendy’ on stage

“Peter and Wendy,” an adaptation of the famous Sir James Barrie classic tale of “Peter Pan,” is the new play that local students performed in when the Missoula Children’s Theatre came back to Kingsland for the third year at the end of the February and into the beginning of March. The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation helped sponsor the performance. Read the preview of the event here.


Wendy (played by Greta Kunene), right expresses frustration in the search for her children, part of the performance of “Peter and Wendy” by local children in conjuction with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Tinker Bell (Cassie Jones) and Peter Pan (Susie Mettler) listen to Wendy in this scene from the play presented Saturday, March 4, at the Spring Valley Community Center. More photos here.


Four founders step down from board

The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation (SVACF) bade farewell to four of its founding members during an early-morning meeting at the Spring Valley Public Library last Tuesday, Feb. 7. 

President Sue Kolling and fellow founders Rod Thompson, Mitch Lentz and Mark Reps attended their final meeting. The four were the last original board members to serve since the beginning of the foundation six years ago. They made way for new members Leah Stier, Wendy Thon, Dave Foster and Dave Phillips to pursue the organization’s vision and mission. Foster and Phillips were original board members, but had gone off the board when their terms had expired previously.

See full story here.


2016 Little Husker another success

The fourth annual Little Husker 1k kids fun run on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, drew 251 children to take part in this event, which was threatened by rain, but stayed dry for the entire time.

The event is free to all children up to 12 years old. Participants got a T-shirt, a personalized bib and a medal if registered by the early deadline of Aug. 1.

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See more photos of the event here.



Federal Judge Donovan Frank makes a point during his speech at the annual banquet April 16..

Judge describes role community 

played in providing his foundation

Donovan Frank admits he wasn’t exactly a model citizen while growing up in the Spring Valley area back in the 1960s.  However, the community subtly guided him to the right path, which eventually led him to his position as a federal judge.

Frank described the role the community played in his life journey Saturday evening in front of approximately 200 people attending the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.

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More on Judge Frank

Judge Frank makes legal history

Luther College alumni profile

Kingsland Wall of Honor award


Foundation celebrates fifth anniversary

About 200 people came out to help the Spring Valley Community Area Foundation celebrate its fifth anniversary during an annual banquet Saturday at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.

President Sue Kolling thanked the communities of Spring Valley, Wykoff and Ostrander for their support. She noted that the founders, who first supported the foundation, were an important component in getting this activity started.

“Five years ago we were selling a dream — a dream of what we could accomplish — and here we are five years later,” said Kolling.

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Annual Give to the Max campaign a success

"It is hard to put into words what took place these past 24 hours for the Give to the Max Challenge,” said Sue Kolling from the Spring Valley foundation. “The community foundations of Harmony Area Community Foundation, Preston Area Community Foundation, Rushford Community Foundation and Spring Valley Area Community Foundation raised over $60,000.

Check out the full story here.



Little Husker draws big crowd again

The 2015 Little Husker 1k kids run on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Willow Park in Spring Valley drew another record crowd as 291 youth entered the third annual free race sponsored by the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation.                                              _____________________________________________________________________________

Investing in the future:

The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation continues to invest in our communities, providing $29,250 in grants to these projects:

Gateway Academy – STEM technology camp for 30 students

Music in the Park

Wykoff Community Center

Spring Valley Historical Society

Spring Valley Downtown Revitalization Program

Little Husker 1K Run

Good Earth Village

Kingsland Community Food Program

Kingsland Courtyard Outdoor Nature Classroom

BCBS Family Fun Night

Lego Program

Cherry Grove Ball Park

Kingsland school sign

Good Earth Village

Spring Valley Public Library summer reading

Wykoff Veterans Memorial

Missoula Children’s Theatre at Kingsland

See our projects page for more details.

The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation builds on the area's rich tradition of giving by providing opportunities to strengthen and enrich our community. 

The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation strives to build a dynamic community by encouraging generosity, promoting civic engagement and providing the opportunity to enhance the quality of life by creating community partnerships.

The purpose of the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation is to connect donors who care about the future of the Spring Valley, Ostrander and Wykoff areas with causes that will enhance and sustain the quality of life for those who live there.

201 South Broadway Ave. 

Spring Valley, MN 55975