The Mondovi Ladies Holiday Luncheon, an annual celebration of female entrepreneurship, was honored as a source of pride in the area by Chippewa Valley Energy and Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS. As part of this award, the Mondovi Business Association, which the holiday luncheon is part of, received a $5,000 grant to support event programming.
In 1963, a women’s volunteer group was formed and quickly became the foundation of female entrepreneurship in Mondovi. Today, the group’s main event is the holiday luncheon that raises essential funds for the community, including scholarships for aspiring college students. The group is still championed by passionate volunteer community members.
The holiday luncheon is put on through the Mondovi Business Association, a nonprofit organization of local businesses united in the goal of fostering community partnership. The organization plans to use the grant money to support various improvements in town as well as continuing scholarship distribution and event programming.
The grant was provided through an initiative that encourages Cenex dealers, retailers and distributors to share stories about what makes their local communities special. In its third year, the initiative will grant more than $100,000 to Cenex communities.