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Northwestern Mutual - St. Cloud Donates $40,000 to Childhood Cancer

AUGUST 2017 – Northwestern Mutual-Saint Cloud donated $40,000 at their 4th annual “Chip for Charity” golf tournament in support of the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The tournament was held June 5, 2017 at the Wapicada Golf Club in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

Businesses and community members from around the St. Cloud area took part in the event to support local families dealing with the effects of pediatric cancer.

The Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation helps families in many ways: through financial grants, scholarships to 4th year medical students at the University of Minnesota pursuing pediatric oncology, and by supporting children receiving treatment by adopting a room at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in their son, Nicholas’s, honor.

Erik and Shannon Koenig (founders of the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation) had this to say

“Northwestern Mutual’s Chip for Charity golfing event was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences we have had since our foundation started in August 2012! Right from the very beginning, when the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation was selected as one of the beneficiaries, each person from the philanthropic team immediately welcomed us all with a warm smile and shared their ideas and determination on ways to raise money to help us accomplish our mission statement, “Shining a light of hope on families affected by pediatric cancer. Without the trust, support and love that we continue to have from our community, we wouldn’t be where we are now. We are forever grateful to the philanthropic team at Northwestern Mutual. It was such an honor to be a part of an amazing event!”

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.

Since the golf tournament’s inception in 2014, $100,000 has been raised by the 30 members of the Saint Cloud office for organizations that focus on families effected by pediatric cancer and cancer research. “It is our goal to support our communities and do our part to come alongside families affected by this terrible disease and work to eradicate the source,” states local Managing Director, Josh Longnecker.

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Northwestern Mutual - St. Cloud Donates $30,000 to Tanner’s Team Foundation


SAINT CLOUD - July 20, 2016 – Northwestern Mutual - St. Cloud donated $30,000 at their 3rd annual “Chip for Charity” golf tournament in support of Tanner’s Team Foundation. The Tournament was held June 6, 2016 at the Wapicada Golf Club in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

115 members from the St. Cloud community took part in the event to support local families by helping to cover housing, transportation, and household expenses during a child’s treatment and care.

“As a father myself, it’s comforting to know that there’s organizations like Tanner’s Team to take away the financial burden and keep families focused on what matters most during these difficult times.” says Joshua Longnecker, Managing Director.

Since the tournament’s inception in 2014, more than $70,000 has been raised by the Saint Cloud office for organizations that focus on pediatric medical needs.

“We will never stop working to impact our communities and the families that we live and work with.” says Longnecker.

About Tanner’s Team:

Tanner’s Team Foundation financially helps families in central Minnesota with children fighting a life-threatening illness or serious injury. To learn more about Tanner’s Team Foundation visit



Northwestern Mutual - St. Cloud Raises $20,000 to Benefit Make-A-Wish® Minnesota and American Cancer Society

ST. CLOUD – September 14, 2015 – Northwestern Mutual - St. Cloud raised $20,000 at its second annual golf tournament to support programs at Make-A-Wish Minnesota and American Cancer Society. The tournament was held on Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Wapicada Golf Course.

The golf tournament attracted more than 100 St. Cloud community members, who are committed to improving the lives of local, central Minnesotan children facing life-threatening medical conditions. Of the $20,000 raised, $13,000 will be donated to Make-A-Wish Minnesota and $7,000 will be donated to the American Cancer Society to be used for pediatric cancer research.

“We are proud of the tournament’s success in its second year, and look forward to growing its impact in the years to come,” said Josh Longnecker, Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual. “We are grateful for the continued support of our sponsors and golf tournament participants, and are glad to support such a worthy cause.”

The golf tournament marks a successful milestone in raising awareness and funds in support of families fighting childhood cancer in the local community. To date, the St. Cloud office has raised $39,000 to help eradicate this disease.

Nationally, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children younger than 15 in the U.S., and Northwestern Mutual is committed to accelerating the search for cures to childhood cancers and to providing support to families battling the disease.

Northwestern Mutual - St. Cloud Raises $14,000 to Help Fight Childhood Cancer

Inaugural golf tournament honors local cancer survivor, benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand

ST. CLOUD – August 25, 2014 – Northwestern Mutual – The Columns Resource Group scored a victory in the fight against pediatric cancer this week. The Columns Resource Group’s St. Cloud office held their inaugural golf tournament at the Wapicada Golf Course on August 11th and raised more than $14,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). ALSF is a national pediatric cancer charity that’s leading the search for a cure for childhood cancer.

“We’re humbled by our community’s support for this inaugural tournament,” said Josh Longnecker, Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual – The Columns Resource Group’s St. Cloud office. “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has made an impact on countless children’s lives, and we’re proud to help this organization in its search for a cure for pediatric cancer.”

This inaugural tournament also honored a special guest, 15-year-old cancer survivor Jarrett Lee. Jarrett was diagnosed with Nodular Schlerosing Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a teenager, but right before the tournament, he learned he was cancer-free.

“I had a blast meeting everyone and playing golf in support of this cause,” said Lee. “I was so happy to have the chance to raise funds in support of cancer research.”

“It was heartwarming to see the community rally around this cause and participate in this tournament,” said Sheri Lee, Jarrett’s mother. “Knowing what we went through with Jarrett’s fight with cancer, we don’t want other kids and families to have to experience that as well.”

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $80 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 450 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit

Northwestern Mutual - St. Cloud -The Columns Resource Group receives Childhood Cancer Impact Award for local fundraising efforts

Northwestern Mutual—The Columns Resource Group was recently recognized for their fundraising efforts during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month last September.  Following an exciting month of raising over $30,000, we were able to donate four Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centers™ and three Starlight Tablets to hospitals across Minneapolis. Due to these great efforts, we are honored to have received the Childhood Cancer Impact Award and $50,000 to be donated on our behalf to Childhood Cancer.  Here is a picture of our office accepting the award!

Northwestern Mutual - St. Cloud Donates $30,000 During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Starlight Fun Centers and Tablets Bring Entertainment to Children Battling Cancer

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Northwestern Mutual donated nearly $30,000 to hospitals across Minneapolis in the form of four Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centersand three Starlight Tablets.  This donation is part of the ongoing efforts of the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Program, a multi-year commitment to accelerate a cure for childhood cancer and support families dealing with the disease.

See videos of our dedication ceremonies by clicking this link.

Starlight Fun Centers are mobile entertainment units that easily roll up to a hospital bed so children can play video games and watch movies. Starlight Tabletsare enhanced iPads that link to Starbright World, Starlight’s social network where children can connect on chat rooms, post on bulletin boards, watch movies, play games and more. Whether nervously awaiting surgery, enduring treatment or sitting in their hospital room, Fun Centersand Tabletshelp children cope by providing endless hours of fun and entertainment.

On September 20th, Northwestern Mutual donated the Fun Centers and Tablets to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, St. Paul Children’s Hospital, Centracare Hospital in St. Cloud and Essentia Hospital in Duluth. 

For more information about Northwestern Mutual, its Foundation and its Childhood Cancer Program visit 



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