Date: November 1st, 2018

Platteville Community Fund Awards 16 Grants Totaling Nearly $20K

To quote Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, is working with others to do so much, in and for our community!

Front row – left to right: Nancy Fairchild (Make Music Platteville); Brittany Tyson (Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin) Amelia Armstrong (PHS Music Department); Tori Leeser (Southwest Opportunities Center) 2nd row – left to right: Marilyn Aebersold & Debbie Hamm (Thrift Shop); Brandi Kamps (Wisconsin Badger Camp); Jessica Munz (UWP College for Kids); Melissa Duwe & Darlene Masters (Family Advocates); Ariel Rezin, Jennyfer Perez & Donna Gavin (Girls Who Code) Back row – left to right: Karen Kurt & Luke Peters (City of Platteville); Erik Flesch (Friends of the Museums); Kevin Cooley (PHS Music Department); Jack Luedtke (Platteville Main Street Program); Jes Reyerson (PCA/PHPT), John Urness (Platteville Chorale/Children’s Choir)

Grants were presented at a Thursday, November 1 event. In making the awards, Nathan Curry, PCF board chair, noted, “There are many groups doing incredible work in our community. We reviewed 22 applications with total requests exceeding $63,000. We are humbled by the many donors who have made gifts to our endowment and by individuals who have established named endowments. Today we are presenting grants from the earnings of the Carmen and Eva Beining Endowment, the Robert & Marian Graham Community Endowment, and the Schneller-Tang Endowment as well as the Platteville Community Fund endowment.”

Fall 2018 Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund grant recipients include:

• The Platteville Chorale, $600 to support the Platteville Children’s Choir’s spring tour to Southwest Wisconsin schools;
• Make Music Platteville – 2019, $700 to continue Platteville’s alliance with this international event, held annually on the summer solstice;
• The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Computer Science & Software Engineering Department, $750 to support the purchase of supplies for the “Girls Who Code Club”;
• The Platteville Main Street program, $975 for the purchase of Holiday Wreaths for the decorative street lights on the “Library Block”;
• The UWP Office of Continuing Education, $700 to fund scholarships for Platteville students-in-need to attend the 2019 College for Kids/Middle University program;
• The Platteville High School Music Department, $5,000 to support the establishment of a Digital Music Learning Lab and Recording Studio at the high school; and
• Wisconsin Badger Camp, $700 is for the purchase of life jackets for the canoeing program.

Awards from the Carmen & Eva Beining Endowment were presented as follows:

• Family Advocates, $1000 for client transportation;
• Southwest Opportunities Center, $700 to purchase curriculum for the Community Integration Program;
• The City of Platteville Recreation Department, $680 for a custom frame for a large screen for the City Auditorium;
• The City of Platteville, $1,500 for landscaping of the roundabout on Markee Avenue; and
• The Platteville Main Street program, $1,500 to fund the 2019 Senior Citizen and Food Pantry Client farmer’s market nutrition Voucher Program.

Those receiving grant awards from the Schneller-Tang Community Fund included:

• Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin, $663 to enhance STEM offering through the purchase a large light table and ‘Shine a Light’ books.
• The Platteville Community Arboretum and the Platteville Human Powered Trails, $360 for the purchase of a trimmer for trail maintenance.

Grants were also presented from the Platteville Community Fund Endowment. Recipients include:

• Concerned Church Women of Platteville (aka/Thrift Shop), $925 to support safety improvements in the exterior areas surrounding the building and
• The Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, $3,235 to purchase shelves for storage of educational materials and voice-over for the video depicting 1930’s Zinc mining.

Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005. To date and with the fall 2018 presentations the Fund has awarded 293 grants totaling nearly $600,000. PCF is governed by a local volunteer advisory board including Todd Allion, Kim Brodbeck, Louise Brockman, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Mary Rosemeyer, Joe Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, and Jan Weier.

The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, welcomes donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and estates. Anyone can make a gift, large or small, and every gift benefits the Platteville community. To learn more about the Platteville Community Fund contact chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or [email protected]) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). Donations are received throughout the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818