Kuenzl Foundation grant lights up local waterways - February 1 2010

Trustees from the John. E Kuenzl Foundation, Inc. awarded $50,000 to the Light the Bridges Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

Progress Oshkosh's Pride of Place Committee launched the Light the Bridges campaign in 2008 with the goal of lighting four bridges on the Fox River. While the lights have a beautiful impact on the city at night, the committee's efforts also focused on another goal-public safety. Bridge lighting helps guide boaters, bikers, pedestrians and drivers safely in the dark.

"The Light the Bridges Committee is extremely pleased to hear of this generous gift," says Pride of Place Committee member Jeremy Monnett. "This will result in a lasting and highly visible enhancement to our bridges."

The next bridge to be lit is the Jackson/Oregon Street Bridge. Support from the John E. Kuenzl Foundation provides nearly full funding for this endeavor.

"This grant will tie the Main Street Bridge to the rest of the waterway, and allow for local business patrons to enjoy the views," Monnett says. "The best places to view the lights will be at Becket's Restaurant, Boat Yard Grill, Sweetwater Marina and City Center Hotel."

In conjunction with their gift, the trustees of the John E. Kuenzl Foundation made the following statement:

"As a life-long resident of Oshkosh, John was fond of the many natural resources that the city and surrounding area have to offer. John was especially fond of our waterway system and the recreational opportunities it offers to our residents and visitors. We know that John would be an enthusiastic supporter of the effort to 'Light the Bridges', which enhances the natural beauty of the Fox River. The Kuenzl Foundation also wishes to acknowledge John's widow, Norma, and her support for this project."

The Light the Bridges Fund is a special project fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call (920) 426-3993.

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