Whistle Stop event touts community philanthropy - May 2 2016

WINNECONNE, Wis. - The Winneconne Area Community Foundation (WACF) will hold its second annual community event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Winneconne Historical Society grounds at Marble Park.

The event includes a free lunch (brats, hamburgers, hot dogs and chips), family-friendly activities and entertainment from Dave Jerabek and the Winneconne High School polka band.

Photo caption: More than 200 people attended the inaugural Winneconne Area Community Foundation Whistle Stop community event in 2015, which included Winston (pictured), the Friends of the Winneconne Public Library hedgehog mascot.
    WACF's Whistle Stop
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15
    Winneconne Historical Society Grounds
    adjacent to Marble Park, Winneconne
Kate Pfaendtner, WACF board president, says it's a great opportunity for people to learn about the Foundation, the local charities the Foundation supports and how easy it can be to become a philanthropist.

"We want people to know that we are here as a resource for those who want support our community today and for the future," Pfaendtner says.

"It only takes $250 to start a charitable fund with the Foundation. If you look at how much people typically give each year to this charity and that charity, it adds up. That's where the Foundation can help - it can help people make a bigger impact and improve the quality of life in our community."

WACF, founded in 2013, awarded $32,300 in grants and scholarships to 26 charitable organizations, educational institutions and government agencies last year. It includes 45 charitable funds with total assets of $1 million.

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. People can enjoy free tours of the Historical Society's 1871 Railroad Depot Museum, the "Little House" - a 1889 one-room schoolhouse, the Kay Wilde Doll Cottage and the Steamboat Museum.

Members of the Foundation's Board of Directors and charitable organizations including the Historical Society, Winneconne Civic League, American Legion No. 364 Giles Luce Post, Butte des Morts Conservation Club, Friends of the Wolf Wilderness Recreation Trail and Sovereign State Days will have educational displays about their mission and work in the Winneconne area.

Friends of the Wolf Wilderness Recreation Trail members participated in last year's event and agreed with other participants that it was a fun way to get exposure for the organization.

"We look forward to the opportunity to raise awareness about the existence of the Wolf Wilderness Recreation Trail, especially right in our own backyard," says Gary Olson, president of the Friends of the Wolf Wilderness Recreation Trail.

The Wolf Wilderness Recreation Trail runs along State 116 and County S near Winneconne and Butte des Morts on marshland property owned by the state Department of Transportation. The Friends aim to maintain access to and seek out new uses for the land. The group's charitable fund with WACF will help preserve the trail.

"The trail system needs to be seasonally maintained, and occasionally repaired," Olson says. "Our partnership with WACF has helped guide us to ensure that this community resource will be here for future generations to enjoy."

The WACF Whistle Stop is a free event thanks to support from sponsors including Beiser Realty, TutorDoctor and 4Imprint.

If you would like to get involved, contact Kate Pfaendtner at 920-428-1570.

About WACF
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 or go to www.WinneconneAreaCF.org.


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