Date: May 27th, 2015

Crawford County Community Fund Presents 2015 Awards

Century Hall in Wauzeka was near capacity for the recent presentation of the 5th annual Crawford County Leadership Awards, hosted by the Crawford County Community Fund.CCCF2015_allwithsharoncamille

Awards were presented in five categories. The Community Leadership and Service Award, honoring public service that enhances the economic, cultural, or social well-being of the Crawford County community, went to Chad Abram, chief of police in Prairie du Chien. He was recognized for bringing a new vision and clear path forward to the PDC police department,   breaking down  barriers with the public and instilling a ‘people helping people’ philosophy in the department.

The Tourism Award, recognizing a commitment to the enhancement of Crawford County tourism development and promotion, went to the Gays Mills Village Stewards, honored for their improvement projects in spaces left when businesses relocated from the Kickapoo River flood plain.

The Educational Leadership Award recognized Liz Bransky, library media specialist at North Crawford School, for her work in revitalizing and revamping the library into an attractive and inspiring environment for learning. Nominators said Bransky has become the ‘go to’ person for media initiatives undertaken throughout the district.

The Above and Beyond Award, recognizing  “out of the box” thinking that promotes regional cooperation, went to the Crawford Stewardship Project for its tireless efforts to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources in the county.

The Business Development Award recognizes an individual, business, or organization that has demonstrated a spirit of community involvement toward the improvement of business and economic development in Crawford County.  It went to Star Valley Flowers, Soldiers Grove, for its innovative use of  a 165-acre land tract that is the largest entirely field-grown cut flower producer in the Midwest (no greenhouses, minimized fossil fuel use, and stringent soil conservation practices).

Event sponsors included BAPI; the Crawford County Economic Development Corporation; Howe Printing Company and the Courier Press; Gays Mills Orchard Ridge; the Kickapoo Culinary Center; Peoples State Bank; River Bank; Royal Bank; Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative; and State Farm Insurance – Dean Achenbach, Agent.

The Crawford County Community Fund has presented Leadership Awards since 2011.  Nominations are solicited, county-wide, in the first quarter of the year with the annual recognition event held in April.  The Crawford County Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity.  The mission of the Crawford County Community Fund is to create stronger communities by matching generosity with economic need.  That mission is accomplished by building an endowment to fund a grants program, through the continuation of the Crawford Market Cares initiative, and through this recognition program.

For more information, contact Sharon Murphy, Crawford County Community Fund chairperson, at (608) 624-3409,, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344,