The center plays a vital role in the cultural, artistic, and educational life of the Lake Vermilion community.

Thank you for your support! We had a great time at Minnesota Midsummer 2018 – but the summer fun isn’t over yet. There are a couple of exciting fundraising opportunities coming up!

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The Vermilion Cultural Center is proud to have been accepted as a PayPal Giving Fund charity. What this means to you is that 100% of your tax deductible donation is given to the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center without any fees being incurred by your or this organization.  Thank you for your support!

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To our Friends of the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center

We at the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center are asking for your financial support in helping move our important community project forward.

The question is asked, “Why should we contribute now?” The answer is important and simple. Every donation helps… large or small.

In analyzing our funding, we find that the donations to our project thus far come from many sources. APPROXIMATELY 50% has come from major individual gifts, 18% fundraisers, 14% IRRRB grants, 8% individual donations and 10% loans.

We are at an important juncture in this project in 2018. Iron Range Resources and Resources (IRRRB) will be considering grant funding to the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center in early 2018. However, we must match their grant of up to $300,000 on a one-to-one basis. Your individual gift is key to our success in receiving this grant and completing the project.

We are also entering Phase 3 of 4 of a USDA Rural Development grant to cover the cost of equipment up to $35,000. We are required by USDA RD to have access to the building and evidence of use. Your gift will serve as a match and help LVCC receive this grant as well.

Our hope is that you will be inspired by the recent $15,000 gift from Rob Ramsdell in memory of his wife Dorothy Smilanich Ramsdell and from Shirley and Dale Braddock who donated $1,500 in honor of their 60th anniversary.

Our compilation of individual donors shows that not all gifts need be large. Any gift is gratefully received as is your pledge.

Thank you in advance for your generous gift.


Mary Batinich, Chairman
Linda Haugen, President
Lake Vermilion Cultural Center

About Us

Gifted to the LVCC by the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, we moved the grand old lady on November 1st, 2015, now known as St. Mary’s Hall (see video!), to her new home near the historic center of Tower near the harbor.

She is currently being restored and will be used for a wide variety of cultural and community activities.


Lake Vermilion Cultural Center
PO Box 659
Tower, MN 55790



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