Date: June 26th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Presents 17 Grant Awards

Seventeen projects that will benefit the people that are the Lancaster community were presented at a special event held in the Community Room of the Schreiner Memorial Library.

In his opening remarks, David Helmke, LCF advisory board chair noted, “As you all know, our goal is to build endowed funds that will provide monies FOREVER to support great projects in Lancaster. And, as you know it takes ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER to achieve that! Tonight I am presenting grants from five funds. Two were established during the last year – the Gillilan Family Fund and the Merlet Family Community Endowment. We offer our sincere thanks to Tod Gillilan and to Phyllis Merlet for investing in

2017 Lancaster Community Fund Grant Presentation – June 20, 2017
Seated, left to right: Margaret Bussan (Lancaster Preschool); Jackie Edge (EMS); Megan Kase (WBC); Sarah Williams (LCSD); Tori Leeser and Audrey Gaio-Johnston (SOC).
Middle row: Michelle Uppena (LCSD), Heather Bontreger (Chamber), Kristin Holman-Steffel (CLA); Mary Vandehey (LCSD); Rebekah Vogelsberg (LCSD), Jamie McCartney (LFD); Jody Sturmer (LCSD); Ashley Miller (LCSD) and Ashley Krantz (LCSD).
Back row: Katie Glass (CLA); Andy Robbins and Mike Lieurance (American Legion); Jeff Grutzmacher (Chamber): Jen Wagner & Sandy Leibfried (Grant Regional); Josh McLimans and Dan Glass (Library Foundation).

Lancaster and for entrusting the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board to manage the application process for the awarding of those monies.”

Grants were presented as follows:

• $951 to the Grant Regional Health Center Foundation in support of the attaining the Gold Standard for the Treatment of Heat Illnesses (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1800 to the Lancaster Emergency Medical Services for the acquisition of portable radios (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $700 to the Lancaster Fire Department to assist with the organization and safe keeping of tools at the fire station (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $400 to the Lancaster PreSchool to purchase adjustable height tables for the classroom (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $2400 to the Lancaster Community Schools to support the Makerspace Robotics project (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $5000 to the Lancaster High School in support of the Auditorium Lighting Project (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1000 to the Lancaster Public Library Foundation to support purchases related to safety and accessibility (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $330 to Southwest Opportunities Center to purchase sun shade umbrellas for the patio (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $750 to UW-Extension – Grant County in support of the 2017 Creative Youth Expo (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1060 to Wisconsin Badger Camp to purchase adaptable personal flotation devices for the camp (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1400 to the Richard Burns American Legion Post #109 to be used to construct a Veterans Memorabilia Display Case to be placed near the Senior Center in the City Hall (Gillilan Family Fund);
• $840 to the Lancaster Schools in support of the purchase of heart rate monitors for the high school physical education classes (Merlet Family Community Endowment and Morse Family Fund);
• $1125 to the Community Leadership Alliance in support of scholarship assistance for Lancaster attendees of the 2018 program (Morse Family Fund);
• $2000 to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce in support of the music for the 2017 Night on the Square (Morse Family Fund);
• $1500 to the Lancaster Middle School in support of the Potency of Poetry project (Morse Family Fund);
• $790 to Winskill Elementary School in support of contracting Opera for the Young, “Rusalka, A Mermaid’s Tale (Schacht Family Fund); and
• $995 to the Lancaster Community Schools/Winskill Elementary to purchase bicycle helmets, continuing the “Fit 4 Life–Safe 4 Life” project (Schacht Family Fund).

Helmke concluded the evening by recognizing fellow advisory board members Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane and Bette Steinbrenner as well as special advisor and LCF historian Rod Roggensack. He acknowledged the work of the many former board members, many of whom were in attendance.

Helmke also announced that the next grant cycle for the Lancaster Community Fund will have a closing date of November 1.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. The Fund receives donations online at or to PO Box 294, Lancaster. For more information about the Lancaster Community Fund, contact David Helmke, advisory board chair, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).