The Plymouth Civic League is pleased to announce the inaugural Music in Plymouth Award was presented to two recipients on July 3: Jayne & Al Hilde, Jr, and Carlson & the Carlson Family Foundation.
The award honors an individual, group or company that has made significant contributions to the ongoing success of Music in Plymouth, within one or more of the following areas of excellence: vision and leadership, service and volunteerism, financial support. A donation was made to the Music in Plymouth Endowment Fund in honor of both recipients and their names have been placed on the MIPEF monument in the Hilde Performance Center amphitheater.
Jayne & Al Hilde, Jr.
In 1972, former mayor of Plymouth and local businessman, Al Hilde, Jr. had the foresight to see the City of Plymouth was lacking in identity. He approached Curtis A. Carlson, businessman and developer of the Minneapolis Industrial Park in Plymouth, to help him plan a free community event of high quality musical entertainment for the citizens of Plymouth. The intent was to build community pride and spirit for the sleepy suburb.
Hilde formed a volunteer committee to bring the Minnesota Orchestra to Plymouth. In three years that committee organized officially into a 501(c)3, the Plymouth Civic League, which 40 years later is still bringing Music in Plymouth to the community.
In addition, the Hildes gifted the PCL one million dollars to build a state of the art band shell for Music in Plymouth and other community events. The Hilde Performance Center was dedicated and given to the City on the 30th anniversary of MIP in 2002. On the 35th anniversary of the event, the Hilde’s seeded the establishment of the Music in Plymouth Endowment Fund with a gift of $180,000.
Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation
Curt Carlson passed the torch of community service to his company, Carlson Companies, to continue to serve Plymouth by providing leadership as directors on the Plymouth Civic League Board of Directors continuously for 40 years; some of these individuals have served as officers or chairs of the MIP event. In addition, Carlson has supported the PCL with financial contributions continuously since 1972 and in 2002 the Carlson Family Foundation was the Premier Sponsor of Music in Plymouth with a donation of $30,000.
Photos: Tim Rummelhoff
(top photo) Accepting the MIP Award for Carlson & the Carlson Family Foundation – Elizabeth Bastoni, Carlson’s Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer, and C. David Nelson, Carlson Family Foundation Executive Director with Barbara Willis (L) and Becky Boe (R) of the Plymouth Civic League.
(bottom photo) Accepting the MIP Award on behalf of Jayne & Al Hilde, Jr. – Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik and John Babcock, Satellite Industries’ Vice President, Finance with Barbara Willis, Plymouth Civic League President.