Date: August 18th, 2017

PHS Scholarship Fund and Platteville Community Fund Honor Volunteers

The annual Platteville Hometown Festival, through an initiative promoted by the Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce, presents an opportunity for area non-profits to publicly honor those who have provided a ‘spark’ to our community by freely giving of their time, talent, and resources.

Jason Bell

The PHS Scholarship Fund chose Jason Bell as its 2017 Volunteer of the Year. A Platteville native son, Jason is a 3rd generation auctioneer – following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Chester and his father, Gary.  While a part of his livelihood has been earned through his skill as an auctioneer, Jason has willingly assisted a number of non-profits to hold success fund-raising events and has involved his staff as volunteers.  Much of the success of the many charity auctions he has worked are the result of relationships that Jason has developed and nurtured over the years.  Jason ‘knows’ the folks in Southwest Wisconsin and ‘knows’ the bidders.  He and his staff keep the energy level high through their interactions with the bidders, resulting in ‘top dollar’ for the items donated.  When the PHS Scholarship Fund embarked on its inaugural “It Takes A Village” dinner and auction in 2015, Jason jumped onboard. The PHS Scholarship Advisory Board and Planning Committee are looking forward to Jason’s expertise for the 4th “It Takes a Village” event scheduled for February 17, 2018.  The PHS Scholarship Fund recognizes Jason Bell and his crew not only for helping raise scholarship dollars but also for giving back, so willingly, to the Platteville community.

The Platteville Community Fund selected Ruth Hinzmann as its 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

Ruth Hinzmann

Ruth moved to Platteville in 2013.  A native of Holy Cross, Iowa, she had brought her son for a college visit and loved the town.  She found folks to be friendly and loved the convenience of services.  Ruth had retired from her 15-year successful bakery business in Sherrill, Iowa, and thought a bakery might work here.  That wasn’t the case; but Ruth had grown attached to Platteville so she moved on to other opportunities.  Ruth has been a dedicated and relentless volunteer for the Platteville Community Fund, the PHS Scholarship Fund, the Platteville Community Arboretum, Platteville’s Main Street program, and the Platteville Public Library.  Her organization skills have been essential to many highly successful Platteville events including Sweet Treats on Main, the PHS Scholarship award presentations, and the Platteville Community Fund’s P-Vegas event.  The Platteville Community Fund recognizes Ruth for her service to Platteville, her adopted community.


The PHS Scholarship Fund and the Platteville Community Fund are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Both Funds are governed locally, by volunteer advisory boards.  In May of 2017, the PHS Scholarship Fund awarded $131,380 in scholarship support to 71 PHS students.  During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Platteville Community Fund held two grant cycles, making 27 awards totaling $49161.  For information about either Fund, contact CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).

Jason Bell