About Us

Mission statement:  The Langenfeld Foundation was created to open more opportunities for more people with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities. We work to enrich their lives by helping them be involved in nature, fishing, hunting, sport, and music. We hold out our hands to people of all ages and all disabilities.  We take as our operating values those found in the Gospel which brings the deepest meaning to our efforts. 

Message from the Founder

It has been an incredible beginning for The Langenfeld Foundation. Many people are surprised that we are still a relatively new nonprofit charity, having received IRS approval in September of 2006. However, many tremendous things have happened in that short time. I think it is true to say: The Langenfeld Foundation is really going places. Your support has been the life-blood of the foundation, we receive no government funding. I want you to know that we are all extremely thankful—especially our special people with special needs.

One of the major highlights we witnessed in 2007 was, flying to Johannesburg, South Africa for a 10-day African safari with Alex Duvenage and Kudu Adventure Safaris. Our group included two young men with Down syndrome, a third with mental delays, two guardians, and a professional videographer. Another notable highlight was, a salmon fishing trip on Lake Michigan, with Dave Torma and Fishers of Men Charters. Two people with disabilities and one guardian caught five really big fish. Then recently, we arranged for a mentally disabled man and another who's been blind since birth, to go elk hunting with Tony Beckel of Tony's Trophy Elk Hunts. The blind hunter...with a sighting assistant...took an enormous 900-pound bull elk, donated by the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association. The bull's antlers had six sabers on one side and seven on the other. (What was really amazing is that, despite being totally blind, he successfully made a rifle-shot of 165 yards.)

Some other 2007 highlights were: The formation of an 18 member Board of Directors (which includes four members who live with disabilities;) the completion of our Mission Statement; the production of semiannual newsletters; regular and ongoing fundraising events; participating with a booth at Safari Club International's conventions; the generosity of 270 donors and 50 sponsors; the launching of a basic website; a Missouri turkey hunt with former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant; conducting a Firearms Safety Class exclusively for people with disabilities, with final exam scores of 94-100%; a DVD of our African safari by Kurt Rotter of Rotter Communications; numerous articles appearing in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Hastings Star Gazette, Catholic Spirit, White Bear Lake Press, Champlin Dayton News, a Swiss newspaper, and Safari Times—a paper sent out globally; numerous interviews on KDWA radio; filming with KSTP TV's “On The Road” with Jason Davis; filming with former Minnesota Twins champion Kent Hrbek, of the Kent Hrbek Outdoors TV show, on a goose hunt with Illusion Systems; helping people with disabilities attend summer music camps and outdoors camps; the creation of a Grant Committee; the creation of The Langenfeld Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievements, Award for Lifetime Advocacy, and Top Sponsor Award. 

Not only is The Langenfeld Foundation planning to bestow honors upon others, but we are also hoping to accept prestigious awards; our founder has been nominated for the local “11 Who Care” award, and has been named the recipient of the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association's 2008 Humanitarian Award.

If all of the above has happened in such a short time, one can only imagine what possibilities the future holds. Some of the things being planned include: Developing a top-notch website; the creation of an Adapted Firearm Safety Class exclusively for people with disabilities and special needs; musical instrument and voice lessons through a local University; personal exercise training sessions through a local University; sponsoring of a blind man's ambitions to hike the Appellation Trail; a fishing and sightseeing trip to Venezuela; black bear hunting in British Columbia; recreational events with players from Minnesota's pro sports teams; wild turkey hunting in Oregon; Lake Michigan salmon fishing trip; elk hunting with Tony Beckel; and the production of a “Christmas Carols” CD, by singers with disabilities and special needs.

Again, all these great things depend on the generous support from donors just like yourself. I personally invite you to participate in what The Langenfeld Foundation is engaged. This is an organization that is really going places, and I would love to have you join us on this wonderful and edifying adventure

Paul Langenfeld
Founder and President

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