Patrick Kindler portrait

Patrick Kindler

Executive director, One Heartland


In 2020, Willow River-based One Heartland, a camp for children from across Minnesota and surrounding states facing significant health challenges or social isolation, couldn’t open because of Covid-19. The pandemic also prevented One Heartland from producing its annual live two-day gala and concert, a crucial fundraiser.

Patrick Kindler, One Heartland’s executive director since 2011, met the challenge. He single-handedly raised money to sustain the camp beyond 2020, bringing in more than $300,000 in two months. Thanks to his hard work and leadership, One Heartland will be offering camp to children in 2021.