WHITE BEAR LAKE AREA — Bill Foussard has been selected as the 2017 J. Stanley and Doris Hill Legacy Award recipient.
Established by the Century College Foundation, the Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation and the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, the award honors the memory of Stan and Doris Hill for their remarkable commitment to community service. Foussard is being recognized for his extensive volunteer service to the White Bear Lake area and beyond.
Born on Jan. 8, 1954, Foussard is the son of Henri and Dorothy Foussard. He grew up in St. Paul and spent many summers in Dellwood. He is a graduate of St. Thomas Academy and attended Metropolitan Community College and the University of St. Thomas.
Foussard comes from a tradition of philanthropy and has spent a lifetime helping others and giving back to the communities he loves.
He is co-founder and coordinator of the Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels in St. Paul. Now in its 48th year, volunteers prepare and deliver 20,000 meals for 4,000 families in need each Thanksgiving.
He is the past president and current alumni board member at St. Thomas Academy.
He was president of the Carefree Chamber of Commerce while living in Arizona for eight years where he ran a resort.
Foussard bought a St. Cloud hotel in 1985 that he owned until 2008. During that time he served on the advisory board for the Alexandria Technical College Hotel and Restaurant School and was chair of the St. Cloud Tourism Commission.
He has also served on the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and is past president of the Minnesota Lodging Association. In 1989, he was a Minnesota delegate to President Bill Clinton’s White House Council on Tourism.
In 2000, Foussard bought the White Bear Country Inn. Since that time he has dedicated himself to many efforts in the White Bear Lake area.
He served as chair of White Bear Lake Manitou Days from 2005 through 2014. He was chair of the White Bear Lake YMCA Capital Campaign, raising funds for a community teen/senior center and renovation of the facility where he also served as a board member.
He was chair of the 2009 White Bear Lake Governor’s Fishing Opener.
Foussard is currently the chair of Explore White Bear, fundraising coordinator of the Committee for the White Bear Lake Fireworks Fund, board member and past treasurer of the White Bear Lake Economic Development Corporation, board member of Cerenity Health Care, member of the White Bear Lake Rotary, honorary co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee for Lakeshore Players Theatre, chair of the Hospitality MN Education Foundation and board chair of the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation.
Since 2000, Foussard has been honored many times. Among those, in 2008 he was crowned King Boreas LXXII of the St. Paul Winter Carnival and named Hotelier of the Year. In 2010, he was named Business Person of the Year by the White Bear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Foussard received the H.E.R.B.I.E. Award from the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, he received the Community Builder Award.
Foussard stresses the value of his mentors and said he works to mentor others. He is always listening, learning and leading and hopes others are doing the same. He also stated that “people working together make the community” and “we all need to find ways to give back.”
A reception honoring the Legacy Award winner will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, at Century College – East Campus in the Library Fireplace Area. The event is open to the public.