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Continued: William Mitchell program helps new products get off the ground

  • Article by: DAVID PHELPS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 21, 2014 - 4:47 PM

PadillaCRT: Five Silver Anvils, the top award from the Public Relations Society of America, for campaigns on behalf of BASF, Coppertone, Wines from Rioja (two anvils) and Be the Match, a multicultural nonprofit effort.

Spong: Three Silver Anvils for work on behalf of Sherwin-Williams, Trane and H&R Block.

Exponent: A Silver Anvil for its CHS campaign called “Tanks of Thanks.”

The marketing agency Fast Horse: A prestigious Silver Cannes Lion for its work with the New York ad agency Droga5 on behalf of Newcastle Brown Ale, which involved a faux Super Bowl ad called “If We Made It” featuring actress Anna Kendrick. See it at

Fallon: A Silver and Bronze Cannes Lion for client IFC Network and the promotion of the miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon.”

Periscope: For being named agency of record for BASF and its agricultural products unit for North America.

Christopher Policinski: The CEO of Land O’Lakes is EY Entrepreneur of the Year Master Entrepreneur for his sustained business and philanthropic leadership.

Grant program doubles in size

To celebrate 60 years of giving, the General Mills Foundation, in partnership with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has doubled to $1 million the amount it will grant to organizations that support the needs of a diverse community.

The grants, ranging from $10,000 to $60,000, celebrate the work of 40 Twin Cities nonprofits. General Mills launched the Celebrating Communities of Color grants program 10 years ago.

“These grants focus on Twin Cities organizations with innovative programs that strengthen this community,” says Ellen Goldberg Luger, executive director of the General Mills Foundation.

The grantees include Breakthrough St. Paul, which provides a variety of programs to academically talented youth and future leaders who struggle with a lack of resources. The program serves middle and high school youth and is being expanded to students in the St. Paul Children’s Collaborative and Minneapolis’ Northside Achievement Zone.

Others include NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis, for its mobile food market; Vietnamese Social Services of St. Paul; AccountAbility Minnesota of St. Paul, which provides financial coaching and tax assistance to low-income people; and the Augsburg College Urban Debate League.

Neal St. Anthony

Moving on

Briggs and Morgan Chairman Brian Wenger is leaving the firm after 26 years to serve as chief legal officer for Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group Inc. Wenger, who joined Briggs in 1988, has been chairman since 2011 and before that was chairman of the firm’s commercial practice.

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