Opportunity Partners Legacy Award

Opportunity Partners, a Minnetonka-based non-profit that has been helping people with disabilities achieve greater independence for more than 50 years, gave its annual Legacy Award to Gerry Rauenhorst, Founding Chairman of Opus Corporation.

Prior to the awards presentation, the placement of a time capsule occurred on the grounds of Opportunity Partners to commemorate the shared history between Opus and Opportunity Partners. Both companies got their start more than 50 years ago in 1953.

Each year an individual who has supported the mission of Opportunity Partners through gifts of time, leadership and financial resources receives the Legacy Award. Their contributions make it possible for people with disabilities to achieve their dreams.

Rauenhorst and John Solberg, Opus Northwest L.L.C. President and CEO, attended the time capsule celebration, along with Opportunity Partners President and CEO Jon Thompson, Opportunity Partners Board Chair Liv Horneland, and other board members. In addition, Opportunity Partners clients Russell Hedenberg and Karen Koenecke were present to represent the history and the future of Opportunity Partners.

Rauenhorst’s involvement with Opportunity Partners began in the mid-1970s when the organization built its new headquarters in the Opus complex, making it possible to serve many more individuals with disabilities. Rauenhorst and Opus Corporation have continued to provide encouragement, corporate volunteers in leadership roles, and financial support to Opportunity Partners over the years.