Date: October 21st, 2013

Paula Carrier Receives Spirit of Philanthopy Award

Paula Carrier and Jane Maldonis

Paula Carrier and Jane Maldonis

Paula Carrier, of Edgerton, is the recipient of a 2013 Spirit of Philanthropy Award given by the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

Carrier was recognized at the Foundation’s annual meeting on October 16 for her leadership of the Edgerton Fund, a component fund of the Foundation.

“Paula is a true Edgerton champion,”   said Jane Maldonis, donor services representative for the Community Foundation.  “She is perpetually enthusiastic about life in general but especially about Edgerton.  She seldom says ‘no,’ and seldom accepts ‘no’ for an answer.”

Carrier is beginning her second three-year term on the Edgerton Fund Advisory Board and serves as its chair.  In 2012, she was instrumental in reviving the Buck Jenkins Fish Fry as a fundraiser for the Edgerton Fund. Her efforts led to more than 30 new contacts and opportunities to talk about the fund.

When planning the 2013 fish fry, Paula suggested to the board that the 2013 proceeds be dedicated to a key event partner, Jim “Plugger” Plautz, the owner of the Red Barron Bar and Grill, who died of cancer just before the fish fry took place.  A total of $10,000 was raised to establish a fund in his name.

Carrier is the owner of Best Realty in Edgerton. She currently serves as the vice president of the Edgerton Area Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Rock Koshkonong Business Association, and board member of the Rock/Green Realtors Association.  She is also the chair of the Parent’s Club at Beloit College.  Additionally, she tutors homeless children in Janesville and is a Junior Achievement volunteer instructor for Edgerton Middle School.  She is the mother of two sons, Derek and Kyle.

The Community Foundation’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award recognizes Foundation volunteers who lead and live philanthropic lives.  Recipients are honored for giving consistently and generously of their time and resources, for making things happen in their communities, and for encouraging others to do likewise.

One award is given for each of the Community Foundation’s three regions:  Rock/Walworth counties, Green/Lafayette counties and Southwest Wisconsin.