Representatives of various nonprofit organizations that received more than $56,000 in 2016 grants from the Greater Cedarburg Foundation were acknowledged during the Foundation’s annual Civic Celebration held at the Cedarburg Fire Department on May 11. They include (front row from left): Mary Ann Velnetske of the Ozaukee County Historical Society, Shea Halula of Starting Point of Ozaukee, Jeff Vahsholtz of the Cedarburg Fire Department, Lisa Hotebeck of Ozaukee Family Services, Stephanie Hayes of the Cedarburg Cultural Center; (back row from left) Natalie Dorrler of Riveredge Nature Center, Pat Weatherhogg of Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County, Kathleen Fisher of Family Promise of Ozaukee County, Renie Rathke of the Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee County and Edward Bubulitz of Mel’s Pig Roast Charities. Joe Fazio, back row right, is chairman of the grants committee and president-elect of the Foundation.
The Greater Cedarburg Foundation (GCF) awarded $56,000 to 11 area non-profit organizations as part of its annual grant cycle review. Recipients were recognized at the GCF Civic Event, held Wednesday, May 11, at the Cedarburg Fire Department.
“Once again, we were very pleased with the number and the quality of the requests we received this year and are proud to be helping these organizations make a difference in the community,” said Joe Fazio, grant committee chairman.
Organizations receiving grants include:
· Cedarburg Art Museum to purchase software to manage digital records of donors, art collections and artists.
· Cedarburg Cultural Center to digitize more than 3,500 photographic negatives from the Harold Dobberpuhl collection and enter them into a management database.
· Cedarburg Fire Department to produce a history book commemorating the department’s 150th anniversary
· Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee County to replace its traditional lock and key system with a card security system.
· Family Promise of Ozaukee County to launch a program to provide shelter for homeless families.
· Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County to implement a program to train volunteers to recognize signs of dementia in clients.
· Mel’s Pig Roast Charities to acquire a trailer to transport food and equipment to its fund-raising events.
· Ozaukee County Historical Society for installation of heating and air conditioning systems in the new multi-purpose building at Pioneer Village.
· Ozaukee Family Services to provide materials for a group that provides counseling services for Cedarburg middle school girls struggling with low self-esteem and social problems.
· Riveredge Nature Center to implement a Naturalist in Residence program in the Cedarburg School District.
· Starting Point of Ozaukee for repairs and renovation to the outside of a house, which serves as a traditional living facility for men recovering from substance abuse.
The Greater Cedarburg Foundation has assets of nearly $4 million comprised of an endowment and donor advised funds. The foundation’s mission is to preserve the local cultural heritage, enhance artistic endeavors and support educational, social and community-based services in the Greater Cedarburg area.
Since its inception, the Greater Cedarburg Foundation has awarded $1.2 million in pass through grants and endowment grants to deserving projects and nonprofit organizations in the community.
The grant cycle begins each year in October, when applications are available on-line at greatercedarburgfoundation.org.