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Donors leave legacies in Shawano area

By Jon Meyers, Shawano Area Community Foundation Board Chair

Jon Meyers

Legacy means many different things to different people. The one continuous thread is passion. Most people want to be remembered in a way that aligns with their own passions. As the chairman of the Shawano Area Community Foundation (SACF), it has been my privilege to bear witness to financial gifts many make to others, even when the “other” is someone they haven’t met, or, who hasn’t even been born yet.

This year we held our 3rd annual Harvest Moon Soiree at Camp Tekakwitha. We are very grateful for the generous sponsors and attendees who come to enjoy the festivities to raise significant dollars for SACF in order to support people and organizations throughout Shawano County!

During the last year the funds within the Shawano Area Community Foundation made grants totaling $222,000. One of my favorite grants in the last year involved the opportunity to directly affect young families and children at risk in Shawano County. The Shawano Area Early Childhood Partnership is a collaboration between Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin and ThedaCare, with the mission to identify first-time parents with challenging circumstances who may be at risk.

The “Parents as Teachers” program provides in-home visits on an ongoing basis as needed until the situation is stable and the parents can provide a nurturing environment for their child. Because of the generosity of the Soiree attendees and our major sponsors, Charlie’s County Market and Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, the SACF was able to fulfill a grant to Parent Connection in the amount of $15,000!

Legacy is something you can build on. It may start with a small thought or passion, it may or may not be monetary, but it will always result in an outcome far exceeding your original plan. We would like to help you define and build your legacy. The Shawano Area Community Fund is here to help when you are ready! What’s your passion?


The Shawano Area Community Foundation is our affiliate partner. Read more about all the great things Shawano donors are doing here.

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