Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Giving Back to Our Community: A.R.T.S. Night and Toast to the Arts

We are fortunate to live here where people care, whether it’s helping women and children in need, or valuing performances and artistic expressions -- all play a vital role in connecting our community. The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin works with these many different aspects of our community life, with member funds such as the Women’s Fund and the Arts and Culture Mission Fund.

Joan North, President of the Women’s Fund, says: “I have a deep commitment to the quality of life for women and children.  As a woman, I can relate – this organization focuses on helping women and children in need. We have one of the most generous communities I have ever lived in.”

One way the Women’s Fund raises money to provide grants to area non-profits that help women and children is their annual A.R.T.S. Night.  This year’s event, A Reason to Shop, Share and Socialize, will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014, from 5-9 p.m. at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn at 1001 Amber Avenue. Event attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a light buffet, desserts, coffee and a cash bar while exploring unique artwork created by local artists that will be for sale. A raffle and silent auction will also be held.  All artists donate back 25% of their sales.  Sponsors include elite donor Delta Dental and premier donors CliftonLarsonAllen, Regnier Consulting, Okray Family Farms, BMO Harris Bank and Mark Toyota.  Last year, A.R.T.S Night had over 300 people in attendance and raised over $21,000. Tickets are available at the door or online in advance at www.womensfundpc.org.

Mark your calendars for another exciting event taking place this fall. Team Schierl Companies Charitable Giving Fund and Sentry Insurance, in partnership with UW-Stevens Point and community volunteers, will raise money for the Community Foundation’s Arts and Culture Mission Fund by hosting the annual “Toast to the Arts.”  The event is Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 7-10 p.m. at Theatre@1800 in Stevens Point. At 7 p.m. there will be a reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar along with art available for adoption. Performances, dancing, singing, acting, painting and poetry will be featured at 8 p.m.

“This fundraiser raises awareness of the value of the arts and culture in our community like no other. It combines creativity, performance, food and fun all in the same evening,” said Bill Schierl, Co-CEO of Team Schierl Companies.  This year’s goal is to raise $12,000 to support grants provided by the fund to arts and culture organizations throughout Portage County.

Tickets are available by calling 715-498-2339. Individuals interested in donating slightly used art (posters, mirrors, mosaics, decorative pieces) for adoption, please contact Kathy at 715 345-5060 Ext. 333.


Brittany Rossman is a community member of the Foundation Marketing Committee.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Debbie Callahan Arts Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Debbie Callahan Arts Fund to its family of funds.

“The fund is named after Milwaukee artist Debbie Callahan and will offer an annual scholarship to a student attending an arts school or to a student pursuing an arts major.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
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Steffen Family Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Steffen Family Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.

“The fund will award an annual scholarship to a graduating senior of Wild Rose High School, or a person who has graduated within 2 years of making application for this scholarship. Applicant must plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college or technical school for police or fire service, or library science” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bennett C. Katz Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Bennett C. Katz Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.

“The Katz Family Memorial Fund was recently renamed to honor the late Ben Katz.  The fund will offer an annual scholarship to a graduating SPASH senior with financial need who plans to attend UWSP.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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