Date: June 27th, 2018

Lancaster Community Fund Presents Grants

Grants for fourteen projects that will benefit the people that are the Lancaster community were presented on June 12 at a special event held in the Community Room of the Schreiner Memorial Library.

Left to right – seated: Bobbie McMahan (EMS); Vicki Lucey (CASH); Megan Slane (Lancaster Pre-School); Lynn Crooks (St Clement School); Amy Dreckman (2018 Youth Mission Trip): Tori Leeser (SOC) Left to right – standing: Josh McLimans and Brad Sturmer (Winskill Elementary); Corey Weydert and Sandy Leibfried (Grant Regional Health Center); Deb Reukauf (Lancaster Police); Bob Keeney (Grant County); Mayor Dave Varnam; Larry Wagner (Fire Department); Dave Carlson (City of Lancaster).

In his opening remarks, Joe Krantz, LCF advisory board chair recognized fellow advisory board members Dave Helmke, Amara Hoffman, Sam Jonas, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane and Bette Steinbrenner as well as special advisor & historian Rod Roggensack.

Krantz continued saying, “As you all know, our goal is to build endowed funds that will provide monies FOREVER to support great projects in Lancaster. In addition, as you know, it takes ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER to achieve that! We are very pleased to announce that during our 2017-2018 campaign we received donations from over 100 individuals/families/organizations. This is the first time we have achieved our goal of 100 annual donors. We know everyone receives numerous charitable requests and we are honored that so many have chosen to support our local Lancaster Community Fund. Thank you.”

Grants were presented from monies available from the Lancaster Community Fund Endowment, the Merlet Family Community Endowment, the Gillilan Family Community Fund, the Morse Family Fund, and the Schacht Family Fund and included:

•$4000 to Grant County for the purchase and installation of LED’s to light the Grant County Courthouse flag (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$1999 to Grant Regional Health Center in support of the purchase of new exercise equipment – and specifically a recumbent bike (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$5000 to the Lancaster Community Schools to support the Maker Geeks Lead to Entrepreneurs and the purchase of a TeacherGeek MakerCart (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$1200 to the Lancaster Pre-School for the purchase of outdoor playground equipment – and specifically, a swing set (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$3000 to St Clement School for Coding and Robotics Resources for 4K through 6th grade students (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$2000 to CASH – Chemical Abuse Stops Here – to fund the November 19 appearance/performance of Flight Squad, a basketball team that features family entertainment as well as education about bullying, staying in school and combating drugs and alcohol (Merlet Family Community Endowment and LCF Endowment Fund);
•$2250 to Lancaster EMS to fund the purchase of 150 STOP THE BLEED medical kits to be placed in every classroom (public and private) in Lancaster (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$1800 to the Lancaster Fire Department to fund the purchase of pagers (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$5130 to the Lancaster Police Department to support the purchase of 3 defibrillators for police cars and 1 for the Council Chambers (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$1772 to Wisconsin Badger Camp for the purchase portable radios (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$375 to Southwest Opportunities Center for enhancements to the Center’s Day Services program (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$4900 to Winskill Elementary School to support the purchase of document cameras. (Morse Family Fund);
•$1300 to Lancaster Congregational Church in support of the 2018 Youth Mission Trip (Morse Family Fund and Schacht Family Fund); and
•$918 to the Lancaster Community Schools/Winskill Elementary to purchase bicycle helmets, continuing the “Fit 4 Life–Safe 4 Life” project (Schacht Family Fund).

Krantz concluded the evening by noting that the Lancaster Community Fund has been awarding grants since 1999 and will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the upcoming year. He also noted that grants have been awarded from the Schacht Family Fund for 18 years. Krantz congratulated the recipient organizations and 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. For more information, contact Joe Krantz (advisory board chair) or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). Donations are received throughout the year at PO Box 294, Lancaster WI or online at