Bemidji Gift Certificate Program

The Bemidji Alliance, a collaboration between Visit Bemidji, Bemidji Downtown Alliance, Greater Bemidji and the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, have created the Gifts of Hope Fund.

A portion of the fund will be used to purchase gift certificates from area businesses which are then donated to the United Way of Bemidji.

The United Way will then distribute the certificates to local families economically impacted by COVID-19.

The remaining portion will be focused on incentivizing the public to purchase their own gift certificates from locally owned businesses, who are encouraged to submit their business into the lottery for their Gift Certificate Program.

Submissions are due by the end of the day today, and lottery selections will be announced tomorrow afternoon. A link to more information is available here.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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