Date: July 22nd, 2015

Platteville Funds Honor Volunteers During Hometown Festival Week

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 the organization by freely giving of their time, talent, and resources.

The PHS Scholarship Fund chose Kevin Bernhardt as its 2015 Volunteer of the Year.  Kevin’s association with the PHS Scholarship Fund advisory board dates to late 2012.  Serving as a special consultant, he was a member of the team that visited with local businesses and individuals, explaining the costs associated with post-secondary education and a methodology for these businesses/individuals to provide support (in the form of scholarships) to deserving PHS students.  Just over a year ago, Kevin encouraged the PHS advisory board to involve a greater number of volunteers in its work through the development and delivery of a dinner/auction to support scholarships.

Kevin Bernhardt

Kevin Bernhardt

Kevin engaged with folks in the community who had experience, bringing them on board to organize the event.  The very successful “It Takes A Village” – Be a Hillmen dinner/auction attracted over 250 attendees and netted over $25,000 in scholarship support.  The success of this inaugural event has led to plans for the 2nd annual “It Takes a Village” – Love Those Hillmen dinner/auction scheduled for February 13, 2016.  Students from Platteville High School and their families are forever indebted to Kevin for his commitment, dedication, and leadership as a volunteer.

The Platteville Community Fund selected Theodora (Teddy) McNett as its 2015 Volunteer of the Year.  Teddy was an active member of the Platteville community, increasing her involvement in her hometown after her retirement, in 1993, from Franklin Junior High School, Janesville.

Teddy was one of the original advisory board members with the Platteville Community Fund, serving 2, 3-year terms from 2003 through 2009.  Her involvement with the Fund and its initiatives did not stop in 2009.

Teddy McNett

Teddy McNett

She assumed the responsibility for acknowledging any and all gifts to the Fund, investing many hours in writing personal thank you notes to each and every donor.  Teddy passed away earlier this year.  This posthumous award recognizes and publicly acknowledges her contributions of time, talent and resources to the Platteville Community Fund and to our community, in general.

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 2015, the PHS Scholarship Fund awarded $117,410 in scholarship support to 65 PHS students.  During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Platteville Community Fund held two grant cycles, making 31 awards totaling $51,396.  For information about either Fund, contact CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org).