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Laker Foundation

Minnewaska Laker Foundation

The Foundation was formed in September 2007 as a non-profit organization, to support and improve the activities programs at Minnewaska Area School District #2149. Our mission is to maximize educational opportunities for students to participate in Minnewaska Laker activities, by:

  • Keeping activity fees affordable
  • Helping fund necessary equipment, supplies, and special projects
  • Supporting students participants and activities
  • Building ties among alumni, the Minnewaska schools, communities, and the current students
  • Emphasizing concepts learned through participation in sports, band, choir and other activities that carry over to academics and personal development.



Taste on the Lake

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 • Lakeside Ballroom

Join us at the Taste on the Lake as we toast the positive benefits our athletic, arts and academic activities have on building successful young adults and strong communities. This event showcases wine, beer and spirits from near and far, and features Minnesota made products. Enjoy the view of Lake Minnewaska while sipping on your beverage and be sure to participate in the silent and live auction events.


Laker Classic

Monday, July 12, 2021 • Minnewaska Golf Club

The Laker Classic was established in 2003 as a fundraising event to assist in maintaining high quality activity programs at Minnewaska Area High School.
The funds raised are used to purchase necessary equipment and supplies and fund special projects for our area youth. We encourage you to gather a few friends and join us on the links to tee it up for our kids!


Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

October 2, 2021 • Minnewaska House

Our local schools (Glenwood, Starbuck, Villard, Minnewaska Area) have produced many outstanding athletes, coaches, and individuals whose successes and contributions have led to a tradition of excellence and a source of pride for our communities. The goal of the Minnewaska Area Schools Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those achievements.


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The Value of Activities for Students and the Community

The Laker Foundation is aware that the community values the educational opportunities afforded by participation in activities and wants to help assure this continues. On average, 75% of students in grades 7-12 participate in at least one school-sponsored activity. We hope to encourage even higher participation in the future. Activities support the academic mission of schools and are an extension of a good educational program. Students in activity programs tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems than students generally. Activity programs provide valuable lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, and hard work, and students learn self-discipline and leadership, build self-confidence, and develop skills that carry through the rest of their lives.

Board Members

  • Karna Peters, President
  • Sheila Pfeninger, Treasurer
  • Donna Braaten, Secretary
  • Rick Ekstrand
  • Bridget Gallagher
  • Bob Hendrickson
  • Kathy Jacobs
  • Carrie Janu
  • Bobbi Jo Matt
  • Bill Mills
  • Neil Nelson
  • Breanna Sherlin
  • Keshia Solem
  • Greg Uhde
  • Brianna Zuber Beckwith

Make a Donation

Your donations are greatly appreciated and qualify
as tax-deductible charitable donations.

Investing in the health of our schools and community is especially important during times when State and Federal funding is scarce and unpredictable. As community members, it is our right and responsibility to ensure that our youth have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

We invite you to participate in this special opportunity. Your gift will benefit countless generations of children and make it possible to expand and enhance the activities in the Minnewaska Area School District for our children today.

To contribute to the Minnewaska Laker Foundation please fill out and mail the Donation


Questions or looking to get involved?

We’d love to hear from you!