The Bennington Community Foundation recognizes community members annually for outstanding service and dedication to the improvement of Bennington.



Annual recognition for our most active and involved community member


Recognition for a lifetime of community commitment and volunteerism


Remembrance of influential community members who are no longer with us

Tim Clark

2018 Volunteer of the Year

Since he was a child, Tim Clark’s unwavering commitment to the Bennington community has made him eligible for the Volunteer of the Year award. In addition to being a husband and father, youth coach, and Bank of Bennington’s CFO, Tim has served on and led numerous local committees including: 

  • Bennington Community Foundation 

  • St. John’s Endowment Committee 

  • NE Banker’s Association VEBA 

  • Aksarben Floor Committee 

  • Bennington Teammates 

  • Bennington Daze 

  • Bennington Jaycees 

  • NE Society of CPA’s 

  • ABC Committee 

Mike Fuchser

2018 Lifetime Achievement

For over 20 years, Mick has been volunteering for the Bennington community. He’s put a ton of time and energy into youth baseball, softball, and legion programs – touching the lives of the many boys and girls involved. Mick is often found behind the scenes of volunteer initiatives and serves as a wonderful example and mentor. 

  • BAL coach, board member, and volunteer umpire 

  • BHS Booster Club member; donated and served thousands of burgers 

  • Legion baseball development; maintenance of field, complex, concessions, restrooms, trees, bleachers, and dugouts 

Jim Bonge

2018 Legacy Award

Jim Bonge was “Mr. Bennington.” He worked diligently to provide support wherever was needed and strived to make a lasting difference in the Bennington community. While he received recognition for his many contributions, like the Melvin Jones Fellowship award and being named a Grand Builder, Jim was not one to seek the limelight. He volunteered simply to help improve the lives of others. 

  • Bennington School Board member 

  • Bennington Lions Club member 

  • Improved facilities and provided outreach at St John’s Lutheran Church 

  • Mentor and teacher to area children who needed a caring adult 


Past Winners

2017 Volunteer of the Year: Brad Baumert 

2017 Lifetime Achievement: Dave Clark 

2016 Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Faucher 

2016 Lifetime Achievement: Karen Arp 

2016 Legacy Award: Mel Valasek 

2015 Volunteer of the Year: Ingrid Geiseman 

2014 Volunteer of the Year: Maureen Proksel 

2013 Volunteer of the Year: Matt Wickham 


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