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Green Lake County Area United Fund awards $23,480 in grants to local causes - October 25 2016

BERLIN, Wis. -The Green Lake County Area United Fund has awarded $23,480 to 12 organizations, continuing its legacy of support for local communities.

"We know there are many non-profit organizations that serve the Green Lake County area which could benefit from our efforts, and we hope to spread the word and bring awareness to what we have to offer," said Holly Mrstik, the new president of the United Fund.

This year all grant requests received were funded. Mrstik is hopeful that 2016 will produce the same results and increase the number of grant applications.

The United Fund is actively seeking new members to help the cause, and is focusing its efforts on building a digital footprint through a new website and Facebook page that will be launched later this year.

Since 2006, when the United Fund was established as a field of interest fund within the Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation, 172 grants totaling over $244,000 have been awarded.

The following grants were awarded:

Berlin Area School District: $2,500
Support for family literacy by providing paperback books every two to three weeks to children in the 4K Community Collaborative Programs.

Berlin Community Daycare & Preschool: $1,320
Support for a four-seat stroller to provide children with opportunities to explore the world around them.

Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area: $3,000
Support the Athletic and Teen Services Director and purchase equipment and jerseys to engage Club members in sports like basketball, baseball, golf and soccer.

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.: $3,000
Support for the Green Lake County Rural Outreach Program, which provides emergency shelter, advocacy, children and teen services, resources and educational outreach.

Community Options, Inc.: $2,000
Support for the removal and replacement of playground's wooden climber.

Green Lake County Health and Human Services: $4,000
Support for the Food Pantry Program.

Miriam B. White Foundation, Inc.: $1,500
Support for Green Lake County residents battling breast cancer through payments for rent/mortgage, medical bills, gas and grocery expenses, and/or utility payments.

Princeton Senior Center: $1,660
Support of labor and supply costs to replace center's HVAC unit.

Special Olympics Wisconsin: $1,000
Support to attend the State Outdoor Sports Tournament in Waukesha.

Green Lake County Association for Home & Community Education: $2,500
To purchase a set of eight new books for 190 children who might not otherwise have books at home.

Scouting Scholarships: $1,000
Financial assistance for children to participate in programming offered by the Bay Lakes Council Boys Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.

The Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation benefits charitable organizations in Green Lake County and Ripon area, including Berlin, Green Lake, Markesan and Princeton. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. 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.OshkoshAreaCF.org.

Photo caption: Names from left to right starting at bottom.

1st row: Janice Button – Berlin Community Daycare; Shannon Gryske – Community Options; Anthonette Miller – Wisconsin Bookworms Assoc.

2nd row: Morgan Hansen – Girls Scouts of America; Emily Gryske – Community Options

3rd row: Shirley Resheski and Jan Dehn – Princeton Senior Center; Betty Bradley – Green Lake County Food Pantry;

4th row: Holly Mrstik, President - Green Lake County Area United Fund; Carolyn Redington – Berlin Area School District

5th row: Dallas Lewallen – Special Olympics; Mark Frierdich – Miriam B. White Foundation; Bill Kohl – Baylakes Council Boy Scouts of America

 

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