Cornerstone’s 40th Anniversary Luncheon Fundraiser

A Day of Honoring Our Past and Supporting Our Future

40 years ago, Cornerstone was founded by a group of volunteers to connect women in crisis due to domestic violence with support and safety. In the four decades that followed, we have grown and become a multifaceted organization with accessible, innovative, and comprehensive services for adults and youth of all genders.

Last week, on October 27th, 2023, we were able to honor that history and support our future at the Cornerstone 40th Anniversary Luncheon Fundraiser at the Minnesota Valley Country Club. We were incredibly grateful to see all of the familiar faces of 40 years of Cornerstone in one room: original founders, previous leaders, and employees, longstanding supporters and volunteers, as well as new friends and leaders who we look forward to joining this community.

(Left to right): Retiring Executive Director Meg Schnabel, Board Chair Loren Thacker, and New Executive Director Artika Roller.
Senior Director of Advancement Courtney Poja speaks to a crowd of over 230 attendees.

After some time to catch up with friends, the luncheon included an overview of Cornerstone’s history, a moment to honor our retiring Executive Director Meg Schnabel and a warm welcome to our new Executive Director Artika Roller, comments from our Board Chair Loren Thacker, overviews and stories from our Day One and Community & Economic Empowerment Services (CEES) Programs, a sample presentation from our School-Based Services team, and a powerful final message from our Board of Directors Member, Kelsey Brison.

To everyone who attended, helped spread the word, brought a friend, and donated, thank you! To our sponsors, speakers, and volunteers, this event would not have been possible without you. We are so thankful for every member of this community!

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