Norma Lanners’ Legacy of Volunteering

by | Oct 2023

Chef Fest

Chef Fest. Pexels/Uuganbayar Otgonbayar

Norma Lanners serves as the Woodbury Community Foundation’s (WCF) back office majordomo; she serves as the administrative lead for the WCF. In this role, she processes donations, sends out checks to WCF’s grant recipients, works to get all paperwork done for fundraising and helps at the WCF booth at events around Woodbury. She became involved with WCF around 2010 with her husband, Jack Lanners. They were actively involved with the foundation’s annual fundraiser, which was Chef Fest, Spooktacular, and is now called Friends Fest. Jack became chairman of WCF in 2014. Halfway through his term, both stopped volunteering due to extenuating circumstances.

In 2019, Lanners was once again pulled into the foundation by her friend, Donna Stafford. Lanners was happy to make new friends and be close to other people.

Today, she is “amazed at how the foundation has grown,” she says, and eagerly helps with WCF’s many programs, including Angels of Hope, Live Brave, One Woodbury and Rounds Fore Rebs, in memory of former Woodbury City Council member Paul Rebholz.

Fun fact: You might have met Lanners at the MGM Liquor store in Woodbury where she was an owner. She still owns three other MGM stores around the Twin Cities.

Manali Shah is a volunteer with the Woodbury Community Foundation and has been an active volunteer with many organizations in Woodbury and Washington County for over 20 years. Find more at


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