Date: August 2nd, 2016

PHS Scholarship Fund and Platteville Community Fund Honor Volunteers

Sheri Stewart

Sheri Stewart

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.

The PHS Scholarship Fund is honored to recognize Sheri Stewart, as its 2016 Volunteer of the Year, for her ‘get in and get it done’ actions on behalf of our community.  Sheri is the spark behind the annual Platteville/Lancaster Girls’ Soccer Craft & Vendor Show which raises much needed funds to support the purchase of uniforms, balls, nets, etc. for the high school girls’ soccer program.  She also undertakes an annual campaign, at Christmas, to raise funds for the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.  Sheri has assumed a major leadership role in the annual PHS Dinner/Auction – It Takes a Village.  Sheri is well aware of the costs of post-secondary education as she and her husband, Kelly, supported their 2 children in earning undergraduate degrees.  Sheri is motivated by the knowledge that she is helping to make a difference in the future of PHS graduates.  She believes it’s important to ‘give back’ and she is doing that by helping to organize and lead the dinner/auction initiative.  Contact her to offer your help as a volunteer for the 3rd annual PHS Dinner/Auction event “Aloha Hillmen” – scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Gene Weber

Gene Weber

 

The Platteville Community Fund selected Gene Weber as its 2016 Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts on behalf of three organizations that serve ALL of the residents in this community. Gene channels his volunteer hours to the Platteville Community Arboretum, the PHS Scholarship Fund, and the Platteville Community Fund.  Gene’s passion and involvement with the Platteville Community Arboretum and its project to pave and light the David Canny Rountree Branch Trail has resulted in an incredible addition to our community’s recreational amenities.  His work with that group continues as he helps to develop the volunteer network that will maintain the Trail.  Gene has also been tireless in his work to establish the PHS Scholarship Fund.  It is noteworthy that since its beginning in 2010, the PHS Scholarship Fund has grown an endowment of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($750K) and includes 20 family-named scholarship funds – many that resulted after Gene’s work with potential donors.  Additionally, Gene has served for nearly 9 years on the Platteville Community Fund advisory board, assisting with grant review and the development of new initiatives like the upcoming ‘A Night in P-Vegas’, scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2016.

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 2016, the PHS Scholarship Fund awarded $130,880 in scholarship support to 70 PHS students.  During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the Platteville Community Fund held two grant cycles, making 32 awards totaling $80,180.  For information about either Fund, contact CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org).