|Winneconne Area Community Foundation awareness event provides fun for all ages - May 7 2015
WINNECONNE, Wis. - Everyone is invited learn about the Winneconne Area Community Foundation (WACF) during a family fun event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Winneconne Historical Society grounds at Marble Park.
Dubbed WACF's Whistle Stop, the event harkens back to a time when the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway served the village, featuring the 1871 Railroad Depot Museum and other historic buildings on the Historical Society grounds.
WACF's Whistle Stop
Photo caption: The Railroad Depot Museum is one of five facilities that will be open for tours during the Winneconne Area Community Foundation's Whistle Stop community awareness event.
WACF Board Chair Kate Pfaendtner says the purpose is to provide a gathering spot for people to enjoy each other's company, fun activities and to introduce them to the Foundation and organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the Winneconne area.
"We are so grateful for the community's support, and we want to share with everyone the good work that many organizations are doing right here in our local community," Pfaendtner says.
"There are plenty of opportunities to keep our charitable dollars local and make a difference by investing in our community for the future. Together, we can do so much more."
The event includes tours of 1871 Railroad Depot Museum, the "Little House" - a 1889 one-room schoolhouse, the Kay Wilde Doll Cottage and the Steamboat Museum. People also will have the opportunity to learn about the Foundation, its donors, the organizations that receive support, and how people can make a difference in their community.
"This is a great opportunity for the community to appreciate the wonderful assets that the village offers and to experience the rich local history at the Historical Society grounds," says Arline Hoenecke, society president.
"We are fortunate to have visitors from all parts of the country and we hope this event raises awareness among the local residents.
"As an organization that has had a positive relationship with the Foundation and also as a grant recipient, we believe the Foundation can be a great service and provide a common bond to local organizations," Hoenecke says. "We are very happy to be part of a cooperative effort."
Organizations including the Historical Society, Winneconne Civic League, American Legion No. 364 Giles Luce Post and Butte des Morts Conservation Club will participate in the event with informational displays.
WACF also will have an informational display where participants will have the opportunity to complete a survey about an exciting new fundraising campaign to enhance the Marble Park Swim Area. WACF's goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase inflatable swim equipment, with the hope of installing the equipment by July 4. The survey seeks community input on the type of equipment to be purchased. Surveys can be completed at the Whistle Stop event or online at www.WinneconneAreaCF.org. Additionally, the survey will be distributed in the Winneconne News. Collection sites will be listed on the survey form.
The event also will include a free lunch (brats, hamburgers, hot dogs and chips); a chance to meet the library's mascot, Winston, and share fun activities with the Friends of the Winneconne Public Library; and entertainment from Dave Jerabek and the Winneconne High School polka band. The Library's Club Winston will hold a lemonade sale fundraiser, too.
The WACF Whistle Stop is a free event and open to all ages. If you would like to get involved with the Foundation, contact Kate Pfaendtner at 920-428-1570.
Founded in 2013, the Winneconne Area Community Foundation benefits charitable organizations in the Winneconne Community School District, which includes Larsen, Winchester, Poygan and Buttes des Morts. An affiliate of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, donors enjoy maximum tax benefits. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.
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