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Jim and Carmen Campbell

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Jim and Carmen Campbell are always telling their friends about getting involved with Artis—Naples. They know sometimes a little encouragement from someone already on the inside is what it takes to bring in the next contributor to the cause. After all, that’s how they got their start here.

When the Minneapolis couple first started spending time in Naples nearly 20 years ago, they began coming for concerts and events. But it wasn’t until 2009, when a friend from up north began talking to them about doing more, that they joined Leadership Circle. When Kathleen van Bergen joined as CEO and President in 2011, it caught Jim Campbell’s attention.

“I had known of Kathleen from her time in St. Paul,” he says. “Carmen and I talked about becoming more involved here in Naples at the same time, and I was invited to join the board. It was a perfect fit.”

The Campbells have been heavily involved in community fundraising both here, through groups such as the Immokalee Foundation and Naples Children and Education Foundation, and in Minnesota, including their role on the Leadership Council of the Campaign for the Mayo Clinic.

Contributing to Artis—Naples fits in with the couple’s desire to make whatever community they live in a better place. Jim says he is always amazed at the diversity of offerings the organization provides, especially in the area of youth education, and at how busy the campus is throughout the year.

“You can drive by and it seems like the parking lot is always full,” he says. “It doesn’t matter what time of the day. And that’s because there is such a wide array of activities for the entire community.”



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