Date: November 18th, 2014

Platteville Community Fund Awards Grants

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Fall 2014 Platteville Community Fund Grant Recipients include: Front row (left to right): Darlene Masters of Family Advocates; Brandi Kamps representing Southwest Opportunities Center; Deb Jenny with the Holiday Project; Sabrina Earl of Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin and David Schmoekel, Platteville Fire Department. Back row (left to right): Julie Pluemer and Samantha Goss representing the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Foundation; Connie Steinhoff of the Platteville Senior Center; Tom Nelson with the Platteville Community Arboretum; Eric Fatzinger representing the Jamison Museum Association/Historic Re-Enactment; Wally Orzechowski with the Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program; and Jack Luedtke of the Platteville Main Street program.

Nathan Curry, chair of the Platteville Community Fund, presented grants totaling $18,760 to 11 organizations at the Celebration of Philanthropy breakfast held at Take Two on Tuesday, November 18.  For the fall 2014 grant cycle, the Platteville Community Fund received 18 applications with total requests of $58,275.

The Platteville Community Fund was established in 2002 and made its first grant in 2005.  In its 10 years of grant-making, the Fund has awarded 152 grants with an investment in our community of just over $275,000.  PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Ron Boldt, Shirley Bowden, Louise Brockman, Alison Bunte, Nathan Curry, Duane DeYoung, Ed Faherty, Mary Rosemeyer, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, Gene Weber and Angie Wright.  Outgoing board members Les Hollingsworth and Cindy Tang were recognized for their service.  Additionally, Dr. Dwight Klaassen, PCF’s Volunteer of the Year, was recognized for his service to the Platteville Chorale, Inc.

Inaugural grants to the Platteville Fire Depatment and Platteville Holiday Projects were presented from the recently established Carmen and Eva Beining Community Fund.  Five organizations – including Family Advocates, Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin, the Jamison Museum Association, the Platteville Community Arboretum and the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Foundation – received grants from the Robert and Marian Graham Community Fund.  Grants from the Schneller-Tang Community Fund were presented to the City of Platteville Senior Center, Southwest Opportunities Center, and the Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program.  The Platteville Main Street program received a grant from the Platteville Community Fund Endowment.

The Platteville Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. PCF 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 nathanc@kopplaw.net) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org).  Donations are received throughout the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818.