To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.


Candle Lighter Campaign: November 1 to November 14



For all of you who decided to #beacandlelighter,Thank you. We are humbled by all you did to share your vision of safer, more peaceful schools...and a more peaceful world. In the end, we reached 340 gifts.Your passion and effort fueled this campaign, and we could not have done it without you. We are grateful.



Thank you to these individuals, schools, businesses, and churches for contributing to our Candle Lighter Campaign! They are lighting the way. 


Additional gifts on November 14, as of approximately midnight:

Anonymous (8 gifts), Erica Zaidman, Vivien Oja 

Additional gifts as of approximately 11:00 p.m.

Anonymous (2 gifts), Beth Chaplin, Brian Godspeed, Cindy Piersdorf, Elaine Lehmann, Emily Krause, John Nelson, Leslie Krause, Linda Long, Mary Gallagher, Russell Drake, Scott Glaser and Winifred Budde

Additional gifts as of approximately 9:00 p.m. 

Anonymous, Bell Bank, Coach Monica, LLC; Deborah Jinza Thayer, Josh Swenson, Kathleen Bona, Linda Long, Mali Schroeder, Marcy Henrickson, Mark Ziebarth, Mary Broderick, Mary Glagaus, Mary Merchant, Monticello Middle School Parent Involvement Group, Russell Drake, Sharon Anderson, and Susan Strauss

Additional gifts as of approximately 6:00 p.m.: 

Alicia Willie, Andrew Swenson, Anonymous (2 gifts), Christine Reynolds, Craig Bahr, Daryl Mortek, Duane Olson, Elaine Santiago, Eric & Julie Anderson, Hayla Drake, Kim Dahlen, Lana Davis, Lisa Roden, Marian & Donald Biehn, Mary Abellera, Mary Longtine, Michael Kluznik, Paul Amundson, Sally Grans Korsh, Timothy Cook, Alicia Willie, Andrew Swenson, Christine Reynolds, Craig Bahr, Daryl Mortek, Duane Olson, Elaine Santiago, Eric & Julie Anderson, Hayla Drake, Kim Dahlen, Lana Davis, Lisa Roden, Marian & Donald Biehn, Mary Abellera, Mary Longtine, Michael Kluznik, Paul Amundson, Sally Grans Korsh, and Timothy Cook

Gifts from November 14 at approximately 2:00 p.m.:

Ann Jarrett, Anonymous, Christine Shanahan, Connie Jahnke, Daryl Mortek, Deb Guthrie, Dylan McAlpine, Katherine Dettmann, Mary Abellera, Oliver & Kristen Drake, Paula Henry, Roger Sternberg, Sally Grans Korsh, Sheila Nelson, Steven Roste (multiple gifts), Sue & Harvey Anderson, and Vida Menne-Thorpe

Gifts from November 13 - 14 at approximately 10:45 a.m.:

Ajia Collins, Amelia Fink, Angela Guerrero, Ann Counihan, Ann Jarrett, Anne Cowley, Anonymous (3 gifts), Billie Conlon, Bridget Castaneda, Bruggeman Realty & Tax, Dan McNeil, Deb Wicks, Debbie Hemphill, Deborah Huseby, Diane Henry, Fran McDonald, Geoff & Debra Hollimon, Gwendolyn Gmeinder, Hayla Drake, Howard Lofkvist, Jacqueline Kilian, James Temple & Jill Davis, Jeanne Buckeye, Jodelle Ista, John Conlon, Karen Kaplan, Kathleen Bona, Kathleen Vellenga, Kevin Schroeder, Kim Dahlen, LaDonna Morrison, Lisa McLeod, Lori Thompson, Lori Wixon, Mark Hiemenz, Mike McNeil, Naomi Villebrun, New Brighton Lions Club, Nikki Laliberte, Peter and Claudia LeNeau, Rebecca Surmont, RUTHENA FINK, Ryan Sulheim, Sarah and NathanWicks, Shawna Pearson, State of Minnesota employees, Steven Stoll, Susan Furr, Tiana J Anderson, Vincent King, and Washington County employees

Gifts from November 12: 

Andrew McDonald, Anonymous (3 gifts), Bryce Meyer, Colleen Armacan, Dan McNeil, Dolores Voorhees, Douglas Dittrich, Eric Hammerberg, Erica Pridy, Fran&Cathy Mcdonald, Gary Hockert, Girum Yigezu, James McDonald, Joan Jordan, John Francis, Jon Busch, Kaposia Education Center, Kaposia Education Center PTA, Kari Rogers, Kyla Cromer, Lincoln Center Elementary, Liora Levi, Lorne Rogers, Marina LeVan, Matthew McDonald, Paul Jacobsen, Rashid Bharucha, Rebecca Janke, Rich Spencer, Roger Thompson, Ruth Nelson, Stacy Elliott, Susan Hoch, Valerie Swenson, and Vivian Greeninger

Gifts from November 1 - 11:

Anonymous (17 gifts), Abby Matter, Agape Foundation, Amy & Pete Neuswanger, Ann Boekhoff,Ann Perkins, Anne Reid, Anne-Marie Combs, April Knutson, BakkenWood Hair Studio, Barb Bergseth, Barbara Moorhead, Barbara Pierson, Beverly and Phillip Norris, Bill Habedank, Bill Pappin, Brian Drake, Bruce Schwenck, Carri Stuhr, Carrie Blandin, Cathy Hickman, Carl & Deb Anderson,Carol Bidwell, Carol Johnson, Caroline Winslow, Christina Roste,Cindy Carlson, Cindy Piersdorf, Claudia Wilson, Community Shares of Minnesota, Courtney Colton, Cynthia Cath, Dakota County employees. Dan McNeil (2 gifts), Dave Janke,  Dave Webb, David Krause, Dennis Erno, Diane Haugesag, Dolores Voorhees,  Doug Forbes (2 gifts), Elaine Wynne, Elizabeth Kolbeck, Elsie Johnson, Emily Krause, Emily Laliberte, Eric Laage, Frank Wood, Gayle Appelbaum, Greg Kolbeck, Hayla Drake (2 gifts), Jake Vermillion, Jane Hensen, Jane Wilken, Janet & Gary Johnson, Jean Mitby, Jennifer Schubert, Jill Kielblock, Jim Delaney, JoAnn Ward, John Conlin, John Laliberte, John Snell, Jolene Pierson, Joy Thao,Joyce Jose, Judy Jerde, Karin Margolis, Karla Hill-Donisch, Karna Berg, Kathleen Bona (2 gifts), Kathy Menne, Kathleen Bona, Kathy Schakel – Carlson, Katy Koestler, Kennlyn Robinson, Kevin Carlson, Kirk Larson, Larry Johnson, Laurence Margolis (2 gifts), Leslie Krause, Lincoln Johnson, Linda Brody, Lindsey Krause, Lorene and Jim Roste, Loveline Ndelle, Lynda Haemig, Marcy Keefe, Mari Donaldson, Marion London, Mark Grimes, Mary Leisman, Mary Parker, Mary Stadick (3 gifts) Megan Voorhees, Melissa Hart, Members of Plymouth Church Strobel Drop-in, Mercy Ekongi, Mike, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, Missy Hamre, Monda Tapp, Monica Gallagher (2 gifts), Monticello School District Employees, Moorhead Area Public Schools employees, Nancy Arnold, Nancy & Jeff Fahrenkrug-Roatch,

Nancy Nielsen, Pam Schwantes, Patricia Cummings, Paul Cumings, Peter Lund, Ray & Carla Erpelding, Rene Benham, Rick and Deborah Clark, Rita Casey, Rita Lefebvre, Robert & Mary Schultz, Ronald Margolis, Roxanne Abbas,  Ruth Jones, Sara Barney, Sarah Rathbone, Scott Glaser, Scott Roster, Shane Campbell, Shari Drake, Sharon Nolte, Sharon Schoenecker, Shelley and Michael Robshaw, Skye Campbell, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, St. Paul Public Schools employees, Stacey Powell, Summer Fund, Susan Dunlop, Teferi Fufa, Theresa Perkins,Tom Campbell, Tiffany Geis, Tom Fitzpatrick, Verna Rowe, and Vicki Connor 

Be a candle lighter, and increase the impact of your gift: Give a gift between November 1 and November 14. Your gift could increase by up to $10,000 through Give to the Max Day AND help us reach $8,000 in challenge funds! 

You can prevent violence by helping schools to stop bullying and to teach youth positive relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation, and how to resolve conflicts peacefully. 

Your gift, no matter the amount, will help resolve these challenges and generate additional funding to help youth learn positive relational skills that can make a difference for a lifetime.

  • Goal reached! Vivian Greeninger has pledged to contribute $500 when we reach 50 contributions.
  • Goal reached! Midland Information Systems has pledged to contribute $1,000 when we reach 100 contributions.
  • Goal reached! Coach Monica LLC has pledged to contribute $3,000 when we reach 300 contributions.
  • Kari and Dan Rominski have pledged to contribute $3,500 when we reach 350 contributions. 

Give your gift today. And, consider this: giving, via credit card, at from November 1st through the 14th puts you in the running to increase the impact of your gift by up to $10,000 through random drawings!

Be a catalyst for peace – you can shine a light in the darkness.  


November 15, 2019; 10:12 a.m.