Date: June 6th, 2018

Platteville Community Fund Presents Grants Totaling Nearly $19,000

Nathan Curry, chair of the Platteville Community Fund, and Joe Rosemeyer, PCF advisory board member, presented 13 grants totaling nearly $19,000 at a special presentation breakfast held May 31.

Front (left to right): Morgan Pinzer and Donna Gavin (UWP – Girls Who Code); Tori Leeser (Southwest Opportunities Center); Brandi Kamps (Badger Camp), Nancy Fairchild (Make Music Platteville), Stephanie Saager-Bourret (JMA-Historic Re-enactment); Sheila Kelley (PHS Scholarship Fund); Val Shaw (PPS – Chinese Language Classroom) Back row (left to right): Kim Sargent, Stacia Stephenson and Keith Thompson (UWP – Girls Who Code); Mike Penn (Platteville Community Arboretum); Kevin Cooley (PHS – Band); Phillip Wagner (Platteville Chorale); Jack Luedtke (Platteville Main Street/Make Music), Sabrina Earl (Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin); Diana Bolander (Rollo Jamison & Mining Museums); Darlene Masters and Jack Basten (Family Advocates)

The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, holds two grant cycles per year. For the spring 2018 grant cycle, PCF received 18 applications with total requests of nearly $53,000. Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005. In total and over 13 years, PCF has made 277 grant awards that have invested over $575,000 in our community!

The monies awarded each spring are available through legacy gifts made by now deceased former residents including Clarence Gribble – owner of the Platteville Journal until 1933; Elinore Loveland – a Platteville native who returned home to retire; Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn – Robert was chair of the mechanics department of the mining school; Marjorie’s Dad, Jesse White, taught chemistry there; and Margaret Keizer – former Platteville middle school English teacher. The ‘trusts’ created by these individuals give back to our community every year, making it a better place to live, work, play, and learn.

Spring 2018 grant awards are as follows:

From the Elinore Loveland Trust

• Family Advocates – $1000, support of the Kids in Transition Summer Academic Continuation Program
• Platteville Chorale – $737.50, in support of the Children’s Choir Spring Tour
• Platteville School District – $500, to support for the development of a Chinese Language Classroom
• UW-Platteville, Computer Science & Software Engineering – $1080, for the “Girls Who Code” Club
• Wisconsin Badger Camp – $2700, for the campership program for Platteville area attendees

From the Robert A and Marjorie M Hartshorn Trust

• City of Platteville: Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums – $754, to support exhibiting images/footage of 1930s zinc mining
• Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums – $2000, to support the 2018 Historic Re-Enactment
• Southwest Opportunities Center – $460, for Senior Room Enhancements

From the Clarence Gribble Trust

• Platteville Community Arboretum – $2600, to purchase a trailer to support trail maintenance
• Platteville Main Street Program – $800, in support of the 2018 Make Music Platteville initiative
• Platteville School District PHS Band – $1300, for a portable PA for the Marching Band

From the Loveland, Hartshorn and Gribble Trusts

• PHS Scholarship Fund — $3000 for PHS Class of 2019 scholarships to attend UWP or SWTC.

From the Margaret S Keizer Charitable Fund

• Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin – $2000, for purchases associated with the creation of a nature playscape for families

PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Louise Brockman, Kim Brodbeck, Ed Faherty, Kathy Lomax, Eileen Nickels, Joe Rosemeyer, Mary Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, and Jan Weier. 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 [email protected]) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). Donations are received through the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818