Supporters celebrate 10 years of gift giving

CHILTON, Wis. - Nearly 100 people helped celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Chilton Area Community Foundation (CACF) at the Altona Supper Club on May 1st. The room was filled with CACF charter members, past and present board members, 2010 grant recipients, and numerous supportive members of the community.

Attendees were fortunate to hear Bill Jartz, WBAY-TV 2 news anchor and the voice of Lambeau Field, the Chilton High School Jazz Choir, CACF donor Charlie Zarnoth and the ever-gregarious Greg Garton, CACF board member, acting as emcee.

The CACF was founded in 2001 with a mission to enhance the quality of life for people of the greater Chilton area. Donors create or give to charitable funds within the CACF that generate grants to support a variety of charitable organizations and causes. Since its inception, the CACF has awarded more than $200,000 from its unrestricted grant-making fund and over $750,000 from all funds. The CACF is an affiliate of the Appleton-based Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. 

The 10th Anniversary Celebration program began with acapella songs performed by the Chilton High School Jazz Choir under the direction of Joy Paffenroth. Bill Jartz, a philanthropist himself, entertained the crowd with a lively presentation detailing his sports announcing for the Packers.  His humorous stories were accompanied by a DVD depicting the inner workings of game-day preparations and attendees gained insight into the immense task of broadcasting a live event.

Curt Detjen, president/CEO of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, addressed the crowd about the success that the CACF affiliate has enjoyed and the ongoing efforts of the board.

Charlie Zarnoth provided a heartfelt presentation on how his family uses their family’s charitable fund to support their favorite causes. 

Yearly, CACF hosts an annual meeting where grant awards are given from its unrestrictive grant-making fund.  This year's grant recipients were present at the anniversary celebration to receive their awards, which totaled $23,921.

Jeff Schwarz accepted $2,411 on behalf of the Chilton Recreation Department for the purchase of updated sports equipment. Schwarz thanked the CACF for its continued support and acknowledged the Recreation Department’s ability to keep its prices affordable to the community as a result. 

The Calumet County Rescue and Dive Team were represented by Jon Kees and Eric Burich to accept a $5,000 grant for purchase of needed dive equipment. The newly formed dive team continues efforts in certifying and equipping the team members and greatly appreciated the grant money.

CHS Principal Dr. Tim Schaid and student counsel representative Cory Mortimer accepted $710 for a passive alcohol screening device to be used at school dances. They explained the device will be used as a deterrent to students drinking in an effort to keep dances alcohol-free. 

CHS Superintendent Dr. Claire Martin and teacher Susan Pfankuch accepted a $5,000 grant for the purchase of 15 IPod Touches for the Middle School Emotional Behavioral Department. The IPods will serve as an instructional tool to direct and enhance the student’s lessons and learning. Dr. Martin emphasized the Chilton Public School’s appreciation for the CACF support.

Chilton Public Schools was also a recipient of a $1,800 grant for the presentation of author Sneed Collard to students on bullying, friendship, peer pressure, divorce and adolescences for middle school students and a presentation of oceans to the elementary school students. The grant was received by Chilton Elementary/Middle School Library Media Specialist Sue Salzsieder. 

LEAVEN (Limited Emergency Assistance Valley Ecumenical Network) received a grant of $3,000 for utility and housing funds for Chilton households facing emergencies. Father Udulutsch accepted the award on behalf of LEAVEN.

Greg Logemann was present from the New Hope Center to receive a $6,000 grant for the purchase of energy efficient products. New Hope Center seeks to lower energy expenses in order to provide more quality care giving services and additional work opportunities for developmentally disabled adults.

The CACF looks forward to continuing its presence in the community and providing support to charitable causes. Fundraising takes place at its annual golf outing Saturday, Aug. 20, at Hickory Hills Golf Course. Please contact Greg Garton at 849- 9381 for further information.