M. A. “Mort” Mortenson, Jr. Recognized with the Council’s Distinguished Citizen Award
A record crowd, record funds raised for Scouting and true inspiration
More than 450 community supporters attended the Northern Star Council Distinguished Citizen Dinner on June 21 to salute M. A. “Mort” Mortenson, Past Chairman of Mortenson Construction, and to support Scouting’s urban outreach programs. This annual event recognizes a business leader who has made a strong, positive impact on our community, especially on the lives of young people. It salutes the leadership and philanthropy that these individuals demonstrate in their daily lives to make our entire community better.
Mort's civic involvement has enriched the Twin Cities region and beyond. His vision and leadership have empowered thousands in our community to be better citizens, leaders and employees. Although Mort was unable to be present, Mort’s wife Alice and Son David accepted the award on his behalf.
Program highlights included:
- Remarks by Edder, a twelve-year-old Scout of Troop 3335, chartered to the Church of the Assumption in St. Paul, who shared how his Scouting involvement helped him to become a better student, son and citizen.
- Insights from David Flowers, a long-time Scouting volunteer and father of an Eagle Scout, who found Scouting to be a great way to help him be an even more effective parent and to strengthen his relationship with his son.
- Presentation of the Distinguished Citizen Award to Mort via his wife Alice, by Fritz Corrigan, Retired CEO of The Mosaic Company.
- An inspirational acceptance speech on his father’s behalf by David Mortenson that shared some history and the corporate culture that Mort helped instill at Mortenson Construction, as well as examples of the many positive influences he has had on our community.
- Other youth program participants: Venturer Mikalya of Crew 3406 in Coon Rapids delivered the Invocation; Toua of Troop 60, chartered to Hope Community Academy in St Paul served as emcee; Boy Scout Hiro and fellow Troop 60 Scouts as Color guard.
- Videos: Highlighting the new Leadership Center and our 2016 Scouting year in review.
- Outstanding support - The event raised a record $600,000.
Congratulations to Mort and our thanks to all who made it possible, including our Grand Sponsors: Carlson Family Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Mortenson Construction, Ames Construction, APi Group, Cargill, Ecolab, Land O' Lakes, and U.S. Bank.