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Published on June 20, 2013

Spring Fling Raises $75,000 for St. Benedict’s Senior Community

The 10th annual Spring Fling on June 13 raised more than $75,000 to enhance the lives of residents at St. Benedict’s Senior Community.

The majority of proceeds will be used to remodel Woodland Hall, St. Benedict’s Senior Community’s largest events space. Residents throughout St. Benedict’s Senior Community gather in Woodland Hall to sing, dance, play games, create art, mingle and celebrate special occasions with family and friends.

Darwin Bonn, St. Cloud, made the lead gift for Woodland Hall, which will be renamed the Bonn Great Room. Bonn’s wife, Rosie, was a resident at St. Benedict’s until her death in 2010. Darwin hopes that the renovation will encourage families to get involved with events at SBSC.

More than $15,000 of the Spring Fling proceeds will fund an intergenerational program with Clearview Elementary in Clear Lake. Clearview buses fourth graders to St. Benedict’s Senior Community twice a month so the students can practice reading out loud to the residents, make a craft and play games. The grant that originally funded the program ran out at the end of the school year. With the help of a matching gift from Dan and Mark Barth of Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre, the intergenerational program will be supported for five years.

“This program gives the SBSC residents a renewed sense of purpose, a sense of value and a role in society outside of our campus,” said Luan Knoll, director of Fund Development for St. Benedict’s Senior Community. “While it does give the students the opportunity to develop academically, the social development that occurs when the children are interacting with the residents is what is truly amazing.”

The 2013 Spring Fling volunteer leadership included co-chairs Barb Caspers and Karen Broman.

The Spring Fling Presenting Sponsor was SEI. The co-sponsors included Lite Rock 99.9, Marco, and John and Mary Weitzel.

About St. Benedict’s Senior Community

St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud houses more than 500 people throughout its facilities, which include a 43-bed unit specializing in Alzheimer’s care, 110 long-term care beds, 44 short-stay beds, 39 assisted living apartments, 95 independent apartments, Benedict Homes (residential living for people with memory loss) and Benet Place (income-based independent apartments). For more information, call (320) 252-0010 or visit

In addition, St. Benedict’s Senior Community in Monticello includes 59 independent living apartments, 61 assisted living apartments and 30 memory care apartments. For more information, call (763) 295-4051 or visit

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