Date: November 9th, 2015

Lancaster Community Fund Presents Initial Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund Grant

Front row (left to right): David Helmke (LCF Board); Laurie Walker (Library Board, president), Cindy Busch (Library Board); Crysti Prange (LCF Board); Shari Zenz (LCF Board, chair); Bette Steinbrenner (LCF Board); Millie Uppena (Library Board); Cari Schaffer (Library Board and Library Foundation Board). Back row: Ken Klaas (CFSW Board); Joe Krantz (LCF Board); Micki Uppena (Library Board), Jennifer Bernetzke (Library Director); Sam Jonas (LCF Board); and Josh McLimans (Library Board and Library Foundation Board).

Front row (left to right): David Helmke (LCF Board); Laurie Walker (Library Board, president), Cindy Busch (Library Board); Crysti Prange (LCF Board); Shari Zenz (LCF Board, chair); Bette Steinbrenner (LCF Board); Millie Uppena (Library Board); Cari Schaffer (Library Board and Library Foundation Board). Back row: Ken Klaas (CFSW Board); Joe Krantz (LCF Board); Micki Uppena (Library Board), Jennifer Bernetzke (Library Director); Kevin Raisbeck (LCF Board); Sam Jonas (LCF Board); and Josh McLimans (Library Board and Library Foundation Board).

Members of the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board met with members of the Schreiner Memorial Library Board and the Lancaster Public Library Foundation board this week, presenting a check in the amount of $50,000 in support of the recently opened renovated Schreiner Memorial Library.

In making the presentation, advisory board chair Shari Zenz noted, “The people of Lancaster value community as well as facilities and programs that support the building and strengthening of community.  Keith Tiedemann, in establishing an endowment in honor of his brother “Sonny”, showed his belief in Lancaster and its people.  Keith watched from afar (San Francisco) as this community cared for his brother as it cared for itself.  It is fitting that this first grant available from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund Endowment is directed to our library – truly a centerpiece and a center for community.”

In accepting the donation, library director Jennifer Bernetzke said, “Lancaster is privileged to have so many people who care about and invest in our community.  We are fortunate that so many understood the value of building an endowment to help fund future needs.  The Lancaster Community Fund is a treasured community resource that will continue to provide funding for programs, projects, and facilities well beyond our lifetimes.  The library and foundation truly appreciate this gift.”

Former LCF advisory board chair and CFSW board member Ken Klaas challenged the community.  “The fund raising for this facility is not done.  We are hopeful that this donation will spark a renewed commitment by this community to finish the job.  While the library is open and busy, we need to remember that there are still bills to pay. I know that the library foundation is ready to accept cash, appreciated property, and planned gifts.”

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact Shari Zenz, advisory board chair, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or Barb@cfsw.org).  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit www.cfsw.org.