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Recognizing those who go above and beyond for the Bennington community

Each fall, we solicit nominations for awards highlighting those who exhibit generosity. Selections are made by a committee of Bennington Community Foundation board members, and awards are presented to recipients at a community event.


of the year

Each year we recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Bennington community within the past 12 months.



Periodically we honor a community leader who has made significant contributions to Bennington over his or her lifetime. 



On occasion we celebrate a member of the community who, although no longer with us, dedicated much of his or her life to the betterment of the Bennington. 

Previous Recipients


Nikki Thomsen

2023 Volunteer of the year

Nikki Thomsen is truly involved with the Bennington community. She is a board member of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce and the Bennington Community Foundation. Two years ago, the Bennington Farmer’s Market was an idea of the Foundation’s, but it became a reality under the direction and help of Nikki. She also serves on the Foundation’s Blue Jeans and Blazers committee and helps out with many other Foundation projects. She is also an active member of the Bennington Booster Club.


Megan Detjens

2023 Volunteer of the year

Megan Detjens has been with the Bennington Booster Club for the last three years. This year she served as the concessions stands coordinator and always made sure it was a “a well-run machine.” Megan also helps extensively with the Bennington South Middle School PTO. She is a non-voting board member of the Bennington Public Schools Foundation. Megan is a member of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce through TeamMates, and is always recruiting new members for the organization. 


Chad Colvert

2022 Volunteer of the year

Chad Colvert has made significant contributions to the Bennington Athletic Booster Club through his efforts in raising funds for boys and girls' athletic programs. He has also represented the Booster Club at district school board meetings, advocating for the interests of the athletic programs. Additionally, Chad has played a crucial role in securing corporate sponsors for the Daktronics video board, a valuable asset for the sports teams. He has dedicated countless hours working in concession stands, demonstrating his commitment to the Booster Club's mission. Chad's accomplishments have positively impacted the athletic programs at Bennington and are a testament to his dedication to supporting the local community.


Darrel and Coe Leta Logemann

2022 Lifetime achievement award

Darrell and Coe Leta Logemann were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their unwavering commitment to the Bennington community. They raised their family of three daughters in Bennington and owned several local businesses in agribusiness, real estate, and trucking. The couple also dedicated their time and resources to serving on the Bennington school board and St. John's church council. Their generous donations of land and money have contributed to the community in numerous ways, including the construction of the Fire Department's 911 Memorial Hall, the Library's Community Room, and the BAL Complex Parking Lot. Darrell and Coe Leta Logemann's tireless efforts have left a lasting impact on the Bennington community, making them worthy recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Melissa Freed

2021 Volunteer of the year

Melissa Freed was selected as the 2021 Bennington Community Foundation Volunteer of the Year for her tireless volunteerism in the Bennington Community.  She has given many hours to the Bennington Schools as the PTO President and Bennington School Foundation.  Melissa has also been very involved in Girl Scouts and has coached many youth sports teams.


Lindsey Adams

2020 Volunteer of the year

Lindsey is currently President of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce and has been involved with the organization since it started. She volunteers regularly within the school, athletic programs, and her church.  When COVID hit, Lindsey played a critical role along with the Bennington Chamber of Commerce and Bennington Schools Foundation to establish the Bennington Community food pantry which is now located at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

"All the volunteering time and energy she spends is because she truly loves our community and wants her - and everyone's - children to experience small-town benefits." -Community Member 



Volunteer of the Year

Zac Johns


Lifetime Achievement

Bill Bohn

Legacy Award

Dave Clark


Volunteer of the Year

Brad Baumert

Lifetime Achievement

Dave Clark


Volunteer of the Year

Ingrid Geiseman


Volunteer of the Year

Tim Clark

Lifetime Achievement

Mike Fucsher

Legacy Award

Jim Bonge


Volunteer of the Year

Kathy Faucher

Lifetime Achievement

Karen Arp

Legacy Award

Mel Valasek


Volunteer of the Year

Maureen Proksel


Volunteer of the Year

Matt Wickham

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