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                                                                                                                        August 2005, Issue 14

 Helping Girls Find Their Own Voices                                                             by Nicole Pettis

      According to Patricia Freedman, MA                Girls should be immunized with            relative, that will guide the girl through the
 of EQ Today, “Girls and boys at 8-11 are          empowerment. By finding their own              application process, provide caring support,
 developmentally similar, but as they              voices, girls identify their talents and       and who can verify that the minigrant would
 enter adolescence, the girls experience           capabilities. This provides a direction and    help her to achieve a dream.
 a disproportionate drop in self-esteem.           a shelter to revisit when faced with the            Often, a young girl may have a dream
      This drop appears in three ways:             pervasive negative messages they may           and just need a little extra support to
 The first is academic decline; girls experience   encounter in adolescence.”                     realize her potential. The Dare to Dream
 lower achievement and lower enrollment                 The Ann Bancroft Foundation holds as      program helps these girls to take the
 in science and mathematics courses.               part of its mission to help girls realize      initiative to achieve these dreams and goals
 The second is diminishing dreams; girls           their potential and “find their own voice.”    by promoting risk-taking, integrity, and
 look outward, encountering sexism,                Since 2001, the Ann Bancroft Foundation        individuality. Due to the assistance from the
 discrimination, and violence toward               has awarded over 431 Minnesota girls age       Dare to Dream program, Minnesota girls have
 women in our culture. The third is self-          10 through grade 10 more than $160,000         opportunities to see parts of the country, and
 silencing; girls' voices, once confident and      through the Dare to Dream minigrant            even the world, that they would not normally
 assertive, are ‘softened’ to fit the societal     program, which gives girls the opportunity     see, and gain a new perspective on different
 sex-role expectations of compliance               to dream big. Twice each year, the Dare to     people and cultures. Recipients of the mini-
 and passivity.                                    Dream program offers up to $25,000 in          grants can take the opportunities that
      We do not need to protect girls from         grants, ranging from $100 to $500, to girls    normally they could not afford.
 adolescence itself; rather we need to give        in Minnesota with the desire to achieve a           In the application process, each girl
 them the skills so that as they grow, they        dream by improving a skill, attending          writes about a dream and how the specific
 can keep the strong parts of themselves           classes or camps, participating in honors      activity will help her to reach their dream.
 that they value.                                  programs, or traveling with schools            Meredith Vaughan, who plays the violin and
                                                   or groups.                                     is interested in chamber music, writes,
                                                             In order to receive a minigrant      “Attending [Stringwood Camp] would give
                                                            the applicant must have an adult      continued on page 7
                                                            mentor outside of the immediate
                                                            family, such as a teacher or

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Letter from the Chair                                                                                                                                Spotlight
                                                    As I was thinking about what to share
                                             in this issue of the newsletter, life happened
                                             around us.
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                                                                                                                                                     2006 National Youth Leadership Training                                                         by Amy Meuers
                                             • Commander Eileen Collins, the first female shuttle   1   Helping Girls Find Their Own Voices
                                                                                                                                                           Each year, high school students from           of diversity and social issues. Students                        Though individuals are welcome,
                                              pilot and commander took off in Discovery             2   Letter from the Chair
                                                                                                                                                     across the country gather for the National           participated in high-adventure activities                  groups of two to 10 youths from
                                             • Last week, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the          3   Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                     Youth Leadership Training (formerly                  and experiential seminars, and even                        sponsoring schools and organizations
                                              first female supreme court justice announced          4   Contributors
                                                                                                                                                     the National Youth Leadership Camp), a               traveled to different sites around                         are encouraged to attend as teams.
                                                                                                    6   Foundation News
                                              her retirement                                                                                         life-changing week of adventure, self-               Minnesota and Wisconsin to participate                     Attending as a group is one of the most
                                             • A couple months ago, Danica Patrick became                                                            discovery, friendship, cultural exchange,            in service-learning projects. Each night,                  effective ways to sustain what students
                                              the first female racecar driver to finish in the                                                       leadership building,                                            students had an opportunity                     learn at the NYLT after they return home.
                                              top 5 at the Indianapolis 500—her first time out.                                                      and service. Founded                                            to taste foods from the cultures                     The theme for this year’s training
                                                                                                    Ann Bancroft Foundation
                                                                                                                                                     nearly 25 years ago by                                          represented and were fortunate                  was “Serve. Learn. Change the World.”
                                                    Some things have changed in the past 25         Kathy Bardins                                    NYLC President and                                              to see a number of excellent                    These words resonated throughout the
                                                                                                                                                     CEO Jim Kielsmeier,                                             performers, including American-                 week, as students were asked to reflect
                                             years. The bridges that have been built for women      Writers:
                                                                                                    Amy Meuers                                       the leadership-training                                         Indian folk artist Annie Humphrey,              on their experiences and how they could
and girls to cross are no longer seen as a surprise or as unusual. In fact, we expect that
                                                                                                    Nicole Pettis                                    program continues                                               African-American spoken-word                    bring what they learned back to their
bridges will be crossed…only a matter of time. For example, we now have our second
                                                                                                    Graphic Design:                                  to thrive. The 2005                                             performers Devin T. Robinson                    home communities.
woman as Secretary of State. It happened with little emphasis or celebration.
                                                                                                    Roth Graham-Thomas Design Group                  program bought                                                  X and a Latin American salsa                         The 2006 NYLT will be held at the
     If you are over 50, as I am, in our lifetime quite a few bridges have been built for                                                                                                                                                                            Audubon Center of the North Woods,
                                                                                                    Articles, letters and comments                   together students from                                          band. The week culminated
others to follow and cross. Life experiences have opened doors, created options,                    are welcome.                                                                                                                                                     July 16-23, 2006. For more information
                                                                                                                                                     such diverse places as                                          with inspirational speeches by
possibilities and new roads to travel. And yet, every day the mission of the Ann Bancroft                                                            Washington; New York                                            many of the youths and a                        visit
                                                                                                    Address written material to:
Foundation continues to be imperative and important: “To inspire and support girls and              The Ann Bancroft Foundation                      City; Missouri; Virginia;                                       keynote address by Tawny
women to realize their highest dreams and potential.”                                               Dare to Dream Newsletter                                                                                                                                         Editor’s note: This is a great opportunity
                                                                                                                                                     Minnesota; Istanbul,                                            Smith, a 1988 NYLT participant.
                                                                                                    207 County Road 73 North
     The bridges for us to pay attention to may not be the big ones — who will cross                                                                 Turkey; and the                                                      During the final two days                  for girls to explore leadership training.
                                                                                                    Plymouth, MN 55441
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We encourage mentors and girls to contact
over and be the first woman president--- but the every day bridges that can lead                                                                     Twin Cities.                                         of training, teams of participants com-
                                                                                                    Phone: 763-541-9363                                                                                                                                              NYLC and to become involved in this great
individuals from one experience to another. How are we paving the way for the girl who                                                                     Held in Sandstone, Minn., at the               plete intensive planning for community                     camp experience.
                                                                                                    Fax: 763-595-8315
has only known poverty and wants her life to be more; or the girl who will be the first                                                              Audubon Center of the North Woods —                  service and leadership projects in their
one in her family to complete high school or go to college? How can we build bridges                If you are interested in becoming a writer for   a 535-acre sanctuary rich with old-growth            home communities. NYLT connects
                                                                                                    this newsletter, please contact Kathy Bardins    red and white pines, hardwood forests,               participating teams with a nationwide
for young women to travel outside the comfort of their own town or state, and to make               at (763) 541-9363.
                                                                                                                                                     restored wetlands, and prairies —                    network of service-learning professionals
friends with girls from other cultures and backgrounds?
                                                                                                    Board of Directors:                              NYLT engages participants with new and               to assist them in implementing
     Experiences and journeys that lead to building self-confidence and self-esteem are
                                                                                                                                                     stimulating experiences designed to build            these projects.
as important today as they were 25 years ago. How are we supporting girls and young                 Ann Bancroft: Founder
                                                                                                    Explorer                                         leadership skills, and increase awareness
women to take risks, stretch themselves and believe in themselves?
                                                                                                    Martha Mumma: Chair
     As the foundation prepares to promote the fall Mini-grant program, these are                   President, Dare to Soar! Coaching, LLC
the kinds of bridges we are committed to supporting. As we gear up to celebrate our
                                                                                                    Sally Johnson: Vice Chair
10th year of recognizing women, girls and organizations that serve as role models                   Vice President, Risk Management and Education,
                                                                                                    The Church Pension Group
in leadership and achievement, we are even more committed to keeping the
momentum going.                                                                                     Tami Jensen: Treasurer
                                                                                                    Owner, Chores, Etc.
     I invite each of us to look around and choose a way to help build bridges.                                                                      Images from the 2005 Ann Bancroft Awards
                                                                                                    Donna Biedron: Secretary
Perhaps it is in volunteering your time, your skills and abilities. Perhaps it is in making         Dental Hygienist
a contribution to an organization that is making a difference. Have you considered being
                                                                                                    Carolyn Bancroft
a mentor for a young person? And, how are you challenging yourself to try a new path?               Teacher
By stepping out of the comfort zone, dreams are possible. Every day we can be an                    Heather Faulkner
inspiration and role model, not just for young people, but also for each other.                     Director of Communications, ShopNBC

Start today — and tomorrow there will be more bridges built.                                        Joan Higinbotham

                                                                                                    Greg Lais
                                                                                                    Executive Director, Wilderness Inquiry

                                                                                                    Jan Malcolm
                                                                                                    CEO, Courage Center

                                                                                                    Lisa Simer
Martha K. Mumma                                                                                     Executive Director,
                                                                                                    Women’s Cancer Resource Center                   Ann Bancroft Award recipients - l to r - Jacquelyn   l to r - Patty Peterson, Rachael Kroog, Deb Harley, Mari   Ann Bancroft
Chair, Ann Bancroft Foundation                                                                                                                       Hauser, Mary Steiner Whelan, Ann Bancroft, Whitney   Harris perform at the 9th annual Ann Bancroft Awards
                                                                                                    Kathy Bardins                                    Staples Buesgens, Joe Kelly

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Contributions from March 2, 2005 Through July 27, 2005:
Vickie Abrahamson                            David and Kathy Gretsch                   Kris Maritz                         Amy Spomer                                           Joan Percario                         In Memory of Dixie Larsen
Cheryl Adkinson                              Debbie and Scott Grieve                   Allison Mattheis                    Susan St. James                                      Chris and Katherine Scalet                 Tamara Larsen
Ellen B. Andersen                            Sam Grosby and Darla Kashian              Kalin McCormick and Erin Vostad     Connie Starns/YMCA Camp Widjiwagan                   Elizabeth Stoner                      In Memory of Betty and John Brandon
Sandy Andersen                               Mary Grosscup                             Maureen McDonagh                    Jean Steiner                                         Hugh Woodruff                              Laura and Jack Lee
Sarah Andersen                               Sherry Gydesen                            Mike McGowan                        Rita Steinhagen
Denise Anderson                              Eve Hage and Therese Sexe                 Dorothy McIntyre                    Barb Stuhler                                                                               In Honor of Alis Ottoson
                                                                                                                                                                           In Memory of Rev. Duke and Ruthe Lundeen        Kim Lindahl
Kari Anderson                                Judith Halabrin                           Carolynn Meeker                     Fay Sullivan                                         Alice Johnson & Amy Crawford
Marna Anderson                               Lauri Hanson/YMCA Camp Widjiwagan         Dianne L. Meixner                   John Sullivan                                                                              In Honor of Grandma Bayle
Stephani Atkins                              Marilyn Hanson                            Diane Meyer                         Lois Sullivan/Wells Fargo Minnesota             In Honor of Joy and Fran Maletzke               Sheila Bayle-Lissick and Rian Lissick
Anne Atwood                                  Mary Hardy                                Margaret Mitchell                   Susan Sullivan                                       Renee Cveykus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Honor of Cindy Lundeen
Patti Auron                                  Susan Harris                              Karel Lee Moersfelder               Theresa Taylor                                  In Memory of Mary Somers                        Amy Lundeen
Lane Ayres                                   Charlie Hartwell                          Linda Sue Moore                     Pam Thein                                            Margaret Daly
Anne Baker                                   Jacquelyn Hauser and Tom Tinkham          Kathleen A. Moriarty                Rhiannon Tibor                                                                             In Honor of John Kozubik
                                                                                                                                                                           In Honor of Shirley McLaughlin                  Shannon McCarthy
Deborah and Dick Bancroft                    Susan Hawken                              Robin Moulin                        Laura Tiffany and Ned Foster                         Donna DeMatteo
Mary Barrow                                  Jeff and Lucy Heegaard                    Patricia Mullen                     Liza Tinkham and Brad Aubrecht                                                             In Honor of Dean McNeal, my dad
Mary Bartley                                 Roger Heegaard                            Beatrice Mumma                      Mary Tjosvold/Mary T Inc.                       In Memory of Taeko Spoor – my mom               Kari McNeal
Susan Baskfield and Zachary Kretchmer        Chris Heeter                              Marty Mumma                         Maureen Tubbs                                        Sandra Dobbles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Memory of Pat McCart
Martha Baumbach/RBC Dain Rauscher            Jodi Heichert                             Anne and David Murphy               Kristin Tuenge                                  In Honor of Amy Hockert                         Carrie and John Menk
Carol and Bill Beadie                        Joe Hendershot and Donna Mundie           Judy and John Murphy                Katherine Ullsperger                                 Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca Bernhard                             Bruce and Mary Heyl                       Kathleen Nafstad                    Heidi Viesturs                                                                             In Honor of Joy Manley and Jeanne Klukas
                                                                                                                                                                           In Honor of Ruth Flom                           Nancy Merrit
Emely and Marty Berkowitz                    Joan Higinbotham                          Krista Nelson                       Virginia Vizard                                      Kristin Flom
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN                 Joanna Hjelmeland                         Tony Neuman                         Mary Vrabel                                                                                In Honor of my father
Michele Braley                               Kurt and Amy Holter                       Marcie New                          Rosalie Wahl                                    In Honor of Anne Kimball                        Alida Messinger
Dan Buesgens                                 Nancy Huart                               Denise Nichols                      Adam Wahlberg                                        Jennifer and Elle Gasperini
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Memory of Bill Bancroft
Dorothea and Clifton Burns                   Elizabeth Hughes                          Dick and Joan Niemiec               Mary Claire Wahlberg                            In Honor of Callista Cashman                    Sarah Milligan-Toffler
Hilary Caligiuri                             Wendy Hughes                              Stacey Nogy                         Kathleen Ward                                        Anne Marie Gavel
Mary Carter                                  Kathy Humphries                           Julie Noyes                         Marcus Waterbury/Morgan Stanley Dean Witter                                                In Honor of Dick Oberweiser
                                                                                                                                                                           In Memory of Sophie Rieg                        Molly Oberweiser
Mark Chapin                                  Helen Huss                                Patrick and Ann O’Boyle             Bonnie Watkins                                       Judith Halabrin
Debra Chaulk                                 Jean, Dave, Margi, Aaron, and Gabe Huss   Dawn O’Donnell                      Kelly Weber/Comcast Cable                                                                  In Memory of Jennifer Fling Sheehy
Trina Chernos                                Hod Irvine                                Nancy Okerlund                      Mary Steiner Whelan                             In Honor of Judy McKenzie                       Mary Perlich
Margaret Chutich                             Tami Jensen                               Sharon Olson                        Phyllis Wiener and Shayna Berkowitz                  Toni Halleen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Honor of Betty Benerma
Kari Cierzan                                 Debra J. Johnson                          Kristine Oppong                     Tanya and Dan Wenning                           In Honor of Andrea and Jessi Halverson          Kathy Prondzinski
Colleen Coleman                              Sally Johnson and Kay Kramer              Sally and Tom Patterson             Jean M. West                                         Jan Halverson
Mary Coleman                                 Thomas Johnson                            Melodie Paulsen                     Mandy Whiteside                                                                            In Memory of Nadine Blacklock
                                                                                                                                                                           In Honor of Jackie Disch                        Ember Reichgott Junge
Carol Connolly                               Heidi Joos and Ivy Booth                  Patty Pederson/Centerpoint Energy   Sandra Ulsaker Wiese                                 Kate Heffelfinger
Cynthia Cook                                 James Jordan                              Nancy Peters                        Perry Wilson and Elizabeth Cutter                                                          In Honor of Sigrid Riddle, Phyllis Voss
Julieanne Corty                              Kelli Jordan                              Joan Peterson                       M. Sue Wilson                                   In Honor of Carolee Lindsey                     Linda Riddle
Nancy Cosgriff                               Rachel Kamin                              Mary Ellis Peterson                 Girma Wolde-Michael                                  Nancy Heimer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Honor of Alene McChesney
Jan Cotroneo/Lawson Software                 Thomas and Marlene Kayser                 Robin Phillips                      Beverly Wolfe                                   In Honor of Sharyn Schelske                     Greg and Jenn Rose
Kelly Cottrill                               Elizabeth Kelly                           Cheri B. Podzimek                   Regina Wolyniec                                      Julie Hellwich
Andy and Debby Cox                           Julie Ann Kelly                           Emily and Taylor Pruisner           Dr. Michelle Wright and Virginia Nugent                                                    In Honor of Girls and Women
                                                                                                                                                                           In Honor of Rachel Hendricks-Key                Talia Schumacher
Angel and Jake Crandall                      Lynelle Kennedy                           Kathryn Quaintance                  Chue Xiong                                           Cynthia Hendricks
Amy Crawford and Alice Johnson               Deborah Kermeen                           Timothy Reardon                     Rebecca and Stephen Yanisch                                                                In Honor of Sylvia Seaton
Renee Cveykus                                Mary Louise Klas                          Kathleen Regan                      Christine Zabel                                 In Honor of my mother and father                Laura Seaton
Natalie Dale                                 Mary Jo Kline                             Christy Revsbeck                                                                         Kelly Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Honor of my Mother
Siri Dale                                    Amy Klobuchar                             Linda Riddle                        In Memory of Elaine Smith                       In Honor of George and Mary Hoganson            Allison Stohlmann
Virginia Dale                                Sara Kluender                             Joan Riebel                              Liz and Libby Collins                           Barbara Hoganson
Margaret Daly                                Carolyn Kolovitz                          Pat Riemersma                                                                                                                  In Honor of Karen Honnold
                                                                                                                           In Honor of Ann Bancroft                        In Memory of Dorothy Twitchell
Karen Dawson                                 Luanne Koskinen                           Katie Robertson                                                                                                                     Ann-Marie Trost
                                                                                                                                Emmery Allen                                    Susan Clark and Chip Howard
Sarah Deeny                                  Jason Krumm                               Katherian D. Roe                         Natalie Dale                                                                          In Honor of Sao Vang and Sarah Yang
Ann DeLaVergne                               Sonja Kung                                Dan and Coleman Rollins                                                             In Honor of all of my GEMS girls!               Penny Vang
                                                                                                                                Aleeta Vizard
Donna DeMatteo                               Greg Lais                                 Becky Rom                                                                                Jennifer Hubert
                                                                                                                           In Honor of Gary and Mary Anderson                                                         In Honor of Jackie Hauser
Marigrace Deters                             Carey LaMere                              Cindy Rosa                                                                          In Honor of Robert Jackson                      Jan Wagener
                                                                                                                                Jill Anderson
Sandra Dobbles                               Carol Lansing                             RSM McGladrey Inc.                                                                       Mary Ann Jackson
Marie Dotseth                                Tamara Larsen                             R. T. Rybak and Megan O’Hara        In Memory of Harriet Lew                                                                   In Honor of My Aunt Sara Patterson who was
                                                                                                                                                                           In Memory of Mamaw Surrick                 always there for me
Ed and Michele Driscoll                      Susan Lenfestey                           Nancy Sagstetter                         Marna Anderson
                                                                                                                                                                                Amanda Johnson                             Rosalie Wahl
Mary Ellison                                 Cynthia Lennie                            Suchitra Sairam                     In Honor of Lee Sheehy
Shelly Espinosa                              Ann Leppanen                              Lorraine Saito                                                                      In Honor of Marty Mumma                    In Honor of Susan Doerr
                                                                                                                                Elizabeth Bickel
Maria Liliana Espondaburu                    Elizabeth Lilly and Arc Green             C. M. Sauber                                                                             Trisha and Ken Kaufmann                    Amy Wakefield
                                                                                                                           In Honor of Mimi Kramer – I love you, Mom!
Katherine Ewald                              Mollie Lindgren                           Mary Saul                                                                           In Honor of Nancy Gruver                   In Honor of Mike Spellacy
                                                                                                                                Amy Brenengen
Elizabeth Falk                               Peggy Lindgren                            Patricia Sauro                                                                           Joe Kelly/Dads and Daughters               Marketsmarts
Miriam Pew Ferguson                          Carolee Lindsey and Darolyn Gray          Dorothy Scanlan                     In Memory of Rose Brennan
                                                                                                                                                                           In Honor of Audrey Pacholski               In Honor of Susan Donohue
Becky Fink                                   Amy Liss                                  Richard Scherer                          Kate Brennan
                                                                                                                                                                                Audrey Kintzi                              Vickie Abrahamson
Sarah Fisher                                 Stacy Locsin                              Susan Segal                         In Honor of Irene Qualters
Niki Flavin                                  Peg Lonnquist and Shelley Johnson         Linda Seibel                                                                        In Memory of Kari Ann Koskinen             In Honor of Ernie Ruiz, MD
                                                                                                                                Chrissina A. Burns
Loretta Frederick                            Trout Lowen                               Rebecca Shaughnessy                                                                      Luanne Koskinen                            Cheryl Adkinson
                                                                                                                                Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union
Joan Fredson                                 Dave and Peggy Lucas                      Lisa and Karl Simer                      Yahama Ciszak                              In Honor of My Parents,                    In Memory of Andrea Nassett
Susan Funk and Wood Kidner                   Prisca Lupambo                            Kyle Simonson                            Joan Cunningham                            Rigs and Hart Madsen                            Rebecca Alm
Carol Gates                                  Christi Mack and Cassie Warner            Bill Simpson                             Patricia Curran                                 Sonja Kung
Diane Gates and Shelley Buss                 Bob Maher                                 Angela Skildum                                                                                                                 In Honor of Gina Giorgi
                                                                                                                                Robert Donnenberg                          In Memory of Jimmy Haze
Julie Gerend/Peregrine Capital Management    Thomas Mairs                              Kristina Skomsoyvog                                                                                                                 Marcia Appel
                                                                                                                                Keith Gottesdiener                              Michele LaBore
Barbara Gerolimatos/Alan Brown               Barb Makousky                             Carol Skradski                           Lisa Ann Ireland                                                                      In Honor of Thomas B. Arnold
Lorie Gildea                                 Jan Malcolm                               Nancy Slaughter                                                                     In Honor of Gertrude and Linda Laitala          Pam Arnold
                                                                                                                                Kathleen McGrath
Janel Goff/The Goff Investment Group         John and Maureen Maloney                  Cynthia Smart                                                                            Stephanie Laitala
                                                                                                                                Michelle Mosolgo
Jeanine Gregoire/Augsburg College            Sandra Marcks                             Elizabeth Truesdell Smith                Cynthia Patterson

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In Honor of Mrs. Gigner, who encouraged me           In Honor of my Grandma                                                                                  me a chance to learn more about chamber                    Christine Nelson of Guthrie, Minnesota      People to People student ambassador trip by
to never give up                                          Regina Mangio                                            Ann Bancroft Awards                       music and the art of violin.” With the minigrant,   attended an international science fair in          holding various fundraisers. She held a
     Alex Atkins                                     In honor of Meagan, Erin and Kelly                            2005 Annual Event
                                                                                                                   April 14, 2005                            Meredith was able to attend a camp where            Phoenix this May with fellow students from         sandwich feed at a gathering in her town, a
In Honor of my Mom and Teacher                            Margaret and Tim O’Connor
     Hannah Atkins                                                                                                 Sponsors                                  professional musicians coached her on               over 40 countries. Her dream is to be              rummage sale, a chili supper, sold candles,
                                                     In Honor of Josephine Maas
In Memory of Bill Bancroft                                Joe Otto                                                                                           the violin.                                         remembered in history, so she applied for          and made and sold “Butter Braids.” Kaylee
     Deborah and Dick Bancroft                       In Honor of the Great Women Before Me                                                                         Recipients of minigrants have participated    the minigrant to attend the science fair.          raised additional money at her part-time job as
In Honor of John Fleming                             and After Me                                                                                            in a variety of activities, including music and     In Phoenix, Christine was able to showcase         a cook and through babysitting jobs. If the
     Phil Bratnober                                       Melissa Palank                                                                                     swimming lessons, acting, language, sports,         her alternative fuel vehicle that runs on          minigrant from the Dare to Dream program
In Honor of My Family – Clifton W. Burns             In Honor of Joyce Patey, my mom                                                                         and adventure camps, attended national              hydrogen peroxide and see science projects         does not cover all of the fees for the various
and Our Children                                          Kari Patey
     Dorothea Burns                                                                                                                                          science fairs, funded a business, and even          from around the world. Christine says,             activities the girls want to do, it gives each
                                                     In Honor of Carol Bisciglia
In Memory of John Hartwell                                Deb Peluso-Ayres                                                                                                                                       “[There was] so much work put into all of these    recipient a wonderful head start and gets each
     Joe and Jane Leyden Cavanaugh                   In Memory of Nancy Stensrud                                                                                                                                 projects, there were even kids working on          to do a bit of individual fundraising.
In Honor of Alvita Williams                               Patty Peterson                                                                                                                                         curing cancer!” Her first time in Phoenix was            The Dare to Dream minigrant program is
     Cathy Diaz                                      In Honor of Penelope Corcoran and                                                                                                                           “extraordinary” and “a once-in-a-lifetime          a very important resource for Minnesota girls
In Memory of Chuckie and Lee Lyons                   Debra Kent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 experience.” Because of the Dare to Dream          who have a dream that they want to make
     Susan and Robert Doerr                               Kathryn Quaintance
In Honor of Jennifer Engler
     Linda Ewing
                                                     In Honor of Amelia Rutter –
                                                     my daughter on her
                                                                                                                                                           “By having the                                        program, Christine and other girls like her are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 able to participate in activities that help them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    reality. Girls get to go places, see things, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    participate in events that help them to achieve
In Honor of Cookie Giorgi                            college graduation                                                                                                                                          reach dreams and goals.                            dreams that they normally could not afford.
     Gina Giorgi
In Honor of Molly and Cloe Gray
                                                          Gregg and Beth Rutter
                                                     In Memory of Bert Sandberg
                                                                                                                                                            chance to fulfill                                           Minigrants typically cover most or all      By having the chance to fulfill dreams, each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 costs for attending camps or taking lessons,       girl can realize her potential, increase her
     Darolyn Gray                                         Leslie Sandberg

In Honor of our Granddaughter,
Kayla Christine Teiken
                                                     In Memory of Gladys E. Berquist
                                                          Barbara Sanderson
                                                                                                                                                            dreams, each                                         but sometimes the minigrant does not cover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 all of the expenses. On the Dare to Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    confidence, and grow as a strong young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    woman. Dare to Dream minigrants are creating
     Susan Harris                                    In Honor of My Three Daughters                                                                                                                              application the girls are asked to describe        a bright future for Minnesota women and girls
In Memory of Mike’s Father – Mr. Leither
     Anne Helgason
                                                          Carla Smith
                                                     In Memory of June Spry
                                                                                                                                                            girl can realize                                     how additional funds will be raised to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 subsidize the cost of the activity. Raising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by helping each applicant to realize and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    achieve her goals and dreams. The minigrant
In Honor of Lisa Hovey                                    Helen Spry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 money for an important event inspires each         Fall 2005 application round begins on
     Mary Beth Hovey                                 In Honor of Sally Johnson
                                                     and Kay Kramer
                                                                                                                                                            her potential...”                                    girl to be creative, take risks, and take the      September 1 with a deadline of December 1.
In Memory of Grammy
                                                          Nena and Aaron Street                                                                                                                                  initiative necessary to fund her dream.            To apply, or to make a donation, visit the
     Kathy Hurd
                                                     In Honor of Rebecca Yanisch                                                                                                                                 13-year-old Anne Peterson of Minneapolis           Ann Bancroft Foundation website at
In Memory of William O. White
     Carol M. Johnson                                     Ann Eilbracht Thompson                                                                                                                                 says, “For additional fundraising I am sending and click
In Honor of K. C. Racciatti                          In Honor of Kirsten Lande                                                                                                                                   out letters to businesses, planning a spaghetti    on “Dare to Dream.”
     Sara, Kris, Ella and Madeleine Johnson               Jody Thone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 dinner, and gaining support from relatives and
In Memory of Linda Jadwin and Jennifer Fling         In Honor of Sy Van                                                                                      been student ambassadors in Europe with             friends. So far I have raised over $1,400.”
     Tony Murphy and Kate Kelsch                          Kim Wong
                                                                                                                                                             People to People.                                   15-year-old Kaylee Gronau raised money for a
In Honor of Mom, Shirley Wilken                      In Memory of Laura Sedgwick
     Sonja Lehigh                                         Marie Cecile Levitus

In Honor of Nancy M. Heimer, CPA                     In Honor of Baby Smitten, born to Bill,
     Carolee Lindsey                                 Kristina and Max Smitten on April 7, 2005
                                                          Melissa Manderschied

Foundation News
The 10th Annual Ann Bancroft Awards                  form at on          and mentors are encouraged to visit                                    lot of movies as a supporting           Ann Bancroft, our founder and polar
                                                     October 1. Deadline is December 1, 2005., click on                                actress until she became a         explorer, had a wonderful relationship with
     The 10th Anniversary of the Ann Bancroft        Questions? Call 763-541-9363.                     Dare to Dream Minigrants, to get the latest                            star with The Miracle Worker       Anne Bancroft, the actress (left). Both
Awards will be held in Spring 2006. We are                We want this to be our biggest celebration   applications. Deadline for nominations is                              (1962), directed by Arthur         exchanged many humorous letters concerning
planning an all new, exciting event to celebrate     yet, honoring the girls and women who have        December 1, 2005.                                                      Penn, for which she won an         our Ann mistaken for the actress, and Anne
ten years of honoring and encouraging girls and      gone above and beyond to help, support and        Questions? Call 763-541-9363.                                          Academy Award. The sixties in      (the actress) mistaken for the polar explorer.
women, and we will honor our past 36 recipients      encourage girls and women to dare to dream,                                                                              general were her best years:       Anne Bancroft will be missed by all.
as well as our four new 2006 recipients.             and dream BIG!                                    Anne Bancroft – A Hollywood Legend                                     The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
     Watch your mail for a “Save the Date”
                                                                                                                                                                              directed by Jack Clayton, 7
postcard informing you about the event,                                                                     We at the Ann Bancroft Foundation mourn
                                                     The Dare to Dream Minigrants                                                                            Women (1966) directed by John Ford and The
coming this fall. Also, our nominations for the                                                        the passing of Anne Bancroft. Anna Maria
                                                                                                                                                             Graduate (1967) directed by Mike Nichols. In
2006 Ann Bancroft Awards will launch on                   The Ann Bancroft Foundation is               Italiano was born 1931 in the Bronx, New York.
                                                                                                                                                             1964 she married Mel Brooks. After the sixties
October 1, 2005. You will receive a nomination       pleased to announce the fall round, 2005,         She made her cinema debut in 1952 in Don't
                                                                                                                                                             she reduced her appearances in movies but still
form in the mail, or you can access the nomination   of the Dare to Dream Minigrants. Girls            Bother to Knock (1952). In the fifties she made a
                                                                                                                                                             had some important roles, Garbo Talks (1984)
                                                                                                                                                             directed by Sidney Lumet.

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                                                                  Attendees at the 9th annual event

Silent auction volunteers

                                                      Belinda Jensen, emcee, Whitney Stapes Buesgens, award recipient and
                                                      Heather Faulkner, chair of the 2005 awards event

           Images from the 2005 Ann Bancroft Awards

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