Sal & Francesca LoBaido Volunteer Service Award

The Sal  & Francesca (Corky) LoBaido Volunteer Service Award is presented to individuals who have shown a long-term commitment and dedication to the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.  Their volunteerism and achievements have truly contributed to the ongoing success of the Carnival, and they have set an example for others to follow. They have not only given of themselves to the Winter Carnival, but have also made an impact through their volunteerism in their own communities.  Nominations are received in early summer. The selection process is conducted by a committee representing a variety of Winter Carnival roles, offices, and volunteers. Using a defined set of judging criteria, each nominee is considered, and a vote is conducted.

Join us on Tuesday, September 26 at the White Bear Country Inn for this year’s award presentation and dinner.

The Star Boreas in conjunction with the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, the proud producers of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, are thrilled to honor…

Bernie Swafford

2010 Winter Carnival Ambassador of the Year, Bernie Swafford has proven her dedication and commitment to the St. Paul community and the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation for many years. After 15 years as the owner of a local cleaning business, Bernie joined United Health Care to support health initiatives across the nation. Throughout this time, Bernie continued to work for Spartan Specialties and used her career to the benefit of all her extensive volunteer efforts.

As a longtime friend of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, Bernie serves on the SPFHF Board and was instrumental in starting the Spirits of Carnival to raise funds for the Winter Carnival parades and fireworks. Along with her husband, Steve, there has been no better resource for the St. Paul Winter Carnival over the past decade than these two who will drop anything when called to action!

In addition to serving her community, Bernie enjoys entertaining, golfing, canning, and spending time with her grandchildren.


Tom Barrett

In 1992, Tom was chosen to become a member of the 1993 Vulcan Krewe. At that time, Tom was asked as a krewe member to make a five year commitment to the Fire and Brimstone Organization. Upon suggestion that he make a lifetime commitment to not only the Fire and Brimstone Organization, but to the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and the City of St. Paul, Tom eagerly accepted these commitments and has excelled in following through with all that has been asked of him.

Tom served continuously on the Fire & Brimstone board of Directors from 1994 to 2004 when he became President of the Fire & Brimstone Organization. That same year, he was chosen to become Vulcanus Rex LXVII, which, once again, placed him in a leadership role and another five year commitment. During this commitment, Tom also volunteered as a Winter Carnival button booster and later became the head of button sales for several years. In recognition of Tom’s commitment to the Fire & Brimstone Organization, he was awarded the coveted King Coal Award in 2009, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member.

For several years, Tom has been an active and irreplaceable volunteer for the Winter Carnival and continues to support the Carnival as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board and beyond.

Previous winners of the Sal LaBaido winners:

2016 Kathy Bjerke

2016 Dan Olson

2015 Neil O’Neil

2015 Joan Kelly

2015 Jane Lonergen

2014 Sandy Schwartzbauer

2014 Darrin Johnson

2013 Ed Altermatt

2013 Colleen Duffy

2012 John & Mike Taxler

2012 Joe Johnston

2011 Steve Frattalone

2011 Pat Mogren

2010 Judy Cognetta

2010 Gene & Marilyn DiMartino

2010 Charlie Hall

2010 Bob Matson

2009 David Larson

2008 Richard “Dick” Kedrowski

2007 Lonny Piche

2006 Carol & Dan Swenson

2005 Dorothy Furlong Hall

2004 Don & Sandy Craighead

2003 Dot Bentfield

2002 Mary & Denny Harris

2001 Gil Thoele

2000 Lou Collette

1999 Gladys & Bill Godwin

1998 Lorraine Venass

1997 Bonnie (Vic*) Reim-Bifulk

1996 Gerald Lanahan

1995 Chester Schoenrock

1994 Paul Mueller

1993 Dan Muntean

1991 Gloria Schultz

1990 Robert Sheild

1989 Helen & Richard Murphy

1988 William LaLonde

1987 Bernice & John Roach