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Colfax graduate, Bo Weber was recognized and honored by JCI Minnesota as one of The Top Outstanding Young Minnesotans of 2018 at a special awards celebration at the Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, December 8.
Bo was acclaimed for his depth of cultural achievements which have benefited various communities throughout the state of Minnesota. In the summer of 2013, Bo’s mother passed away due to Ovarian Cancer. Bo wrote and released an album in memory of his mother, titled “Wendy” which was released on Mother’s Day of 2017. Partnering with Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Bo gave 100% of the album’s proceeds to women battling Ovarian Cancer. Bo then continued his mother’s mission of making the deadly disease known as “The Silent Killer” silent no more by securing featured news stories in the Pioneer Press, WCCO Radio, WEAU 13 and many others.
In 2014, Bo founded MusicInMinnesota.com, a music publication which spotlights local and national performance artists in the Twin Cities and beyond. With a team of nearly fifty photographers and writers publishing over 500 articles per year, Bo’s publication has supported and helped launch the careers of hundreds of musicians. Today, Music In Minnesota is a strong competitor in Minnesota’s online arts and entertainment news industry.
To top it off, this past August (2018), Bo teamed up with Stationary Astronauts by facilitating crucial partnerships needed to host entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Gary Vaynerchuk in Rochester, MN at the Mayo Civic Center. Bo is also a full time graphic designer and videographer for a social media management company in Saint Paul, MN.
In his acceptance speech, Bo gives advice to other young people, “A key ingredient to achieving success and more importantly, happiness, is to find a mentor. Surround yourself with individuals who align with the person you want to become. Create a friend group that believes in you; who cheers you on and challenges you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Nobody has achieved anything great solely on their own.” Bo concluded with “This award is for my mom, who never gave up on me, and for those I am unbelievably privileged to call my friends.”
The Top Outstanding Young Americans program (TOYA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America. Annually since 1938, JCI has sought out young men and women, ages 18 through 40. who best exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers. Previous honorees include Bill Clinton (1979), John F. Kennedy (1946), Dick Cheney (1976), and Elvis Presley (1970).
In 1950 a Minnesota chapter was created and has since acknowledged the efforts and accomplishments of young adults who have contributed to Minnesota through their service, community involvement, or entrepreneurship. Past Minnesota recipients include Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, nine-time Emmy Award winner Jason DeRush, Vice President Walter Mondale, Senator Dave Durenberger and now Colfax, Wisconsin’s own, Bo Weber.