Susan Neis, Executive Director of Cornerstone, received the Legacy Award from the Bloomington Community Foundation on Thursday evening, November 6, 2014 at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington. Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead gave an insightful presentation down memory lane with Susan and Cornerstone’s pioneering programs for abuse victims, from affordable housing and emergency shelters to legal counseling and services for children.  After Susan accepted the award she sincerely thanked the City of Bloomington because she believes the accomplishments of Cornerstone would not have happened anywhere else.

The Bloomington Commmunity Foundation is grateful for the contributions that helped make the Legacy Award a special event. Individual donors, Park Dental, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, and the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored the event.

The City of Bloomington featured the Legacy presentation on its news program Bloomington Today. The segment can be seen on YouTube.

Legacy Susan and MaryAnne

MaryAnne London (right) nominated Susan Weis for the Legacy Award. MaryAnne wrote, “Susan has served as a visible and vital member of our community. She has been a frequent guest and speaker at Chamber, City and Rotary events, as well as local churches, women’s clubs, service groups, corporations and schools.”

Mayor Gene Winstead gave a speech about Susan Neis while Susan stood close by to offer corrections to Gene's details. The stories and interjections from Susan brought much laughter from the nearly 60 supporters.

Mayor Gene Winstead gave a speech about Susan Neis while Susan stood close by to offer corrections to Gene’s details. The stories and interjections from Susan brought much laughter from the nearly 60 supporters.

Gil Williams, President of the Bloomington Community Foundation, presented Susan Neis with the Legacy Award. Susan personally thanked Gil Williams and the Foundation for donating to Cornerstone without making Cornerstone specifically document how the money would be spent. Susan said, "Gil and the Foundation trusted us."

Gil Williams, President of the Bloomington Community Foundation, presented Susan Neis with the Legacy Award. Susan personally thanked Gil Williams and the Foundation for donating to Cornerstone without making Cornerstone specifically document how the money would be spent. Susan said, “Gil and the Foundation trusted us.”

 

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