Date: February 10th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Recognized as Non-Profit of the Year

At its annual banquet held February 7, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce honored the Lancaster Commu

nity Fund as Non-Profit of the Year.

In making the award, Chamber Executive Director Heather Bontreger noted, “We are honored to present this award to the Lancaster Community Fund.  The award recognizes a non-profit that has demonstrated significant and impactful contributions to the community.  During calendar year 2016, this group awarded grants totaling just over $90,000 to 24 community projects that have made our

Left to right – LCF Advisory Board members Crysti Prange, Joe Krantz, Bette Steinbrenner, Kevin Raisbeck and David Helmke accept the 2016 Non-Profit of the Year award from Lancaster Chamber President Kyle Vesperman (3rd from left).

community a better place to live, work and play.”

In accepting the award, LCF advisory board chair David Helmke said, “The work we are able to do is the result of gifts made by many, many donors.  On their behalf, we accept this award and challenge you to join in this investment For Good. For Ever. For Lancaster.”

Current Lancaster Community Fund advisory board members include David Helmke, Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Luanne Pink, Crysti Prange, Megan Slane, Kevin Raisbeck, and Bette Steinbrenner.  Rod Roggensack serves as community liaison and historian.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact David Helmke, advisory board chairman, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit

Date: February 3rd, 2017

Grants Available from the Platteville Community Fund

The Platteville Community Fund invites applications for its spring 2017 grant cycle. The application deadline is Saturday, April 15, 2017. Charitable non-profit organizations and/or local government entities serving the people of the Platteville area are eligible to apply for grants; requests from individuals are not eligible.

Nathan Curry, Platteville Community Fund Advisory Board chair noted, “The monies for the spring grant cycle are available as a result of legacy gifts provided to the community through the estates of Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Margaret Keizer and Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn. In reviewing applications, our grants committee looks at the scope and potential impact of projects to address new initiatives and needs within our community. It is a great privilege to make these grant awards in remembrance of these five individuals who truly were and continue to be ‘builders’ of Platteville.”

Founded in 2002, the Platteville Community Fund is dedicated to improving the Platteville community by building a family of endowed funds designed to make grants in support projects and programs that enhance arts and culture, education, recreation, health and human services, the environment and the preservation of history. The Platteville Community Fund made its first grant of $400 in 2005. In the 11 years that it has made grants, the Platteville Community Fund has presented 213 awards totaling nearly $447,000.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered. To access the application, go to, choose grant available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Platteville Community Fund. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ( and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Jackie Ommodt ( are available to assist.

The Platteville Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Platteville Community Fund chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or

Date: January 25th, 2017

Scholarship Available for Monroe's Medical School Students

Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship for Monroe students pursuing a medical school graduate program.  The William C. and Margaret L. Parmer Scholarship Fund will be making its fourth award this spring.

Applicants should be residents of Monroe or graduates of Monroe High School who are enrolled and/or accepted in an accredited medical school graduate program.

The Parmer Scholarship Fund was created by Margaret Parmer, a long-time Monroe resident, who saw a need to help medical students with the high cost of their education.  Margaret’s husband, William, died in 2005.

The Parmer Scholarship Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.  Applications are available here.

The application deadline is Wednesday,  March 1, 2017.  Applications should be mailed to Monroe Fund, Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, P.O. Box 733, Monroe, WI   53566.

For further information, contact Linda Gebhardt, donor services representative, (608) 328-4060 or

Date: January 25th, 2017

PHS Scholarship Fund Announces 3rd Annual “It Takes A Village” Event

Here is just one of the amazing auction items up for bid during the live It Takes A Village auction: the original Ed’s Café Recipe Box (flour dust included). For those who are missing the delicious food from this iconic Platteville restaurant, wait no more! For the high bid you can be the proud new owner and impress all your friends with these great recipes. 

It was in 2014 when the PHS Scholarship Fund advisory board recruited a group of concerned PHS parents and friends to organize an event to raise monies for PHS graduates.  The goal was not only to generate dollars, but to have fun!

Saturday, February 25, 2017 will mark the 3rd anniversary of the “It Takes A Village” dinner and auction.  This year’s theme:  Aloha Hillmen!  That means attendees are encouraged to dress the Hawaiian way – donning colorful shirts/skirts/shorts/trousers and flip flops!

Sheri Stewart, chair of the event, noted: “Our group has been meeting since last summer.  Over the past few weeks we have been concentrating on acquiring auction items.  You won’t believe the incredible donations we’ve received.  In addition to experiential packages that include items like “A Day on a Pontoon Boat on the Mississippi” and “A Celebrity Chef Dinner”, we have some absolutely one-of-a-kind items including the original recipe box (complete with recipes and flour dust) from Ed’s Café.  This is truly an event that you don’t want to miss.”

Tickets are on sale at the Driftless Market, TRICOR Insurance, and the office at 190 Market St.  Individual tickets may be purchased for $25 each.  Reserved tables for 8 persons are available $250.

Sheila Kelley, PHS Scholarship Fund chair, commented: “This is a must-go-to event for those who care about helping graduates of Platteville High School to pursue their post-secondary education plans.  By supporting this event and the PHS Scholarship Fund, we are able to offer more and larger scholarships to our graduates.  The PHS Fund awarded its 1st 5 – $1000 scholarships in 2010.  Last year nearly $131,000 was awarded to 70 students including $16,000 from the 2016 “It Takes A Village” event.”

The February 25, 2017 Aloha Hillmen – It Takes A Village – Dinner and Auction will be held in the Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall on the UW-Platteville campus.  Tickets are NOT available at the door.  Rather, tickets must be purchased by Friday, February 17, 2017.  Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the auction (both a silent and a live auction) at 7 p.m.

Date: January 25th, 2017

Nominations Sought for 2017 Crawford County Leadership Awards

Nominations are currently being sought for the 7th Annual Crawford County Leadership Awards.  Sponsored by the Crawford County Community Fund, the program recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have helped make Crawford County a better place to live, work and play.  Anyone may make a nomination; self-nominations are welcome.  The awards will be presented at an evening hors d’oeuvres reception scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Crossing Rivers Health, 37868 US-18, Prairie du Chien.

In commenting on this annual program, CCCF Leadership Awards committee chair Camille Smith noted, “There are so many people in our communities who are doing great things.  While these folks may see these things as just ‘part of their duties as citizens’ we know that their actions benefit so many of us.  The Crawford County Community Fund advisory board is proud to organize this annual program, which highlights individuals, businesses and organizations that are bringing positive change, growth, and excitement to this region.”

Nominees are being sought in the following categories:

  • Community Leadership and Service.  Nominees for this award may be an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the Crawford County area through public service that enhances the economic, cultural or social well-being of their community.
  • Tourism Award.  This award is presented to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the enhancement of Crawford County through tourism development and promotion.
  • Outstanding Youth Leadership.  This award is designed to recognize a young person, age 13 to 22, living in Crawford County who has demonstrated outstanding leadership with the potential for positive environmental, economic and/or social impact.
  • Above and Beyond Award.  As is suggested in the category name, this award recognizes an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated “out of the box” thinking that promotes regionalism, cooperation among communities or organizations, creative strategies or innovative approaches to long-term problems, or diversity awareness.
  • Business Development Award.  Awardee may be an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a spirit of community involvement focused on the improvement of business and economic development in Crawford County.
  • Educational Leadership Award.  Awardee may be an individual (teacher and/or administrator), business, or organization who has designed a specific project and/or educational initiative that has demonstrated a commitment to the Crawford County area in support of furthering excellence in education or fostering strong school/community relationships.

There are a variety of ways to submit nominations.  An online form can be completed and submitted (  Additionally, nomination forms are available at the public libraries in the county, from Crawford County Community Fund advisory board members or by emailing  These may be mailed to CCCF Leadership Awards, PO Box 13, Seneca WI 54654 or scanned and emailed to  The deadline for receipt of nominations is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  Photos and information about past recipients is available at

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  For questions and/or further information about the Fund and the Leadership Awards program, contact Camille Smith ( or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus ( or 608-778-3344).  You can also learn more online by simply googling Crawford County Community Fund.