Letter from Board Chair – Jennifer Tamburo


Its that magical time in Minnesota where we can be washed out by rain, can see a snowflake in May or a heat wave! I hope you are all enjoying the change of season and looking forward to a great Minnesota summer!

Often times I am asked how can I help, what can I do? And my answer is always the same, “become a foundation member!”

Becoming a member of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and renewing each year is the greatest thing you can do to support the foundation that is the proud producer of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo West Saint Paul.  

Our organization depends on membership and fundraising dollars to continue to bring the events, energy, and excitement to our community.

Together, through the foundation, we support something that connects our community’s history and future together.  As our community continues to change, we work hard together to evolve and make sure our legacy events reflect this. 

The Winter Carnival will continue to be a special way to share and create history and protect our legacy.  Events like Cinco de Mayo bring our unique expertise to other parts of the community to help them create their own experience.  It is your support and connection to the foundation that makes it possible for all of this to continue.

You and all of our members are also the heart and soul of our organization.  Our volunteer board of directors works tirelessly throughout the year to represent the you, the organization, and why we all know how important it is to celebrate our community. Please consider renewing today or making a gift to the foundation to continue to help support our mission.

I want to thank you and all our members for your support during my last two year as board chair. It has been an amazing journey and we have accomplished so much! We were on the world’s stage during the Super Bowl by making sure our royal winter capital city shined so brightly in ice and snow as only we know how to do best! We continued to have successful Cinco de Mayo 1-day celebrations. We started new events like the Empowering Women and brought back the popular Casino Night and this past year we explored a new park to host Winter Carnival.

I know first-hand that this doesn’t happen without our amazing and dedicated Board of Directors. I want to say a big Thank YOU to all of our board of directors for your time and dedication to our mission. It has been a great honor to work and serve in this way with each of you over the past 2 years as chair.

As many of you have heard me share, my love for the Winter Carnival started as a kid growing up on the East Side of Saint Paul. My parents instilled in me a passion for volunteerism and the rest is history!  

It has been a great honor to serve as the board chair and play a part in how our foundation helps to support the great City of Saint Paul by celebrating the uniqueness our city has to offer and bringing other communities from around Minnesota and the United States to celebrate in old Saint Paul. As my term comes to end, I want to give a heartfelt Thank you for entrusting me to lead this amazing organization.

Jennifer Tamburo
SPFHF Board Chair
June 2017 – May 2019