Cedarburg Foundation

New Cedarburg Library Receives $100,000 Grant

The Greater Cedarburg Foundation has approved its largest ever grant of $100,000 to the Friends of the Cedarburg Library for its new facility scheduled to open in summer of 2014. "This is the largest grant from our endowment that we have given in the 13-year history of our Foundation," said Joe Fazio, Foundation Board Vice President and chair of the grant committee. "We are excited about the project and the positive impact it will have on the community." Cedarburg Public Library Artist's RenderingSince its inception, the Greater Cedarburg Foundation has awarded close to $1 million in pass through grants and endowment grants to deserving projects and nonprofit organizations in the community.

"Today's libraries remain vital places where the community has free access to information through all kinds of new and evolving technologies ," said Peg Edquist, President of the Foundation. "It serves the public interest and  plays an  important role for people who live in the Cedarburg area."

The 25,500 square foot building is being built next to the existing Library at W63 N583 Hanover Avenue. It will  include space for all existing collections of books, audio/visual items, reference materials and public access computers. In addition, there will enhanced Wi-Fi access, study rooms, a new "Town Square" area where people can browse and visit. A Community room is also included with projection equipment, tables, chairs and a small kitchen for use by community groups and businesses.

The new Library will also have  a larger children's area with comfortable seating for kids and adults,  its own study room and restroom facilities, a quiet readying room and a Reader's Gallery with armchairs and study tables. It will have adequate parking and will be handicapped accessible. It will also have a 24-hour drive-up book return.

CGF Gala a Smashing Success!

The Greater Cedarburg Foundation celebrated its annual President's Gala on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Watermark owned by Shully's in Theinsville. A large crowd was on hand and to bid on auction items, purchase raffle tickets, enjoy a delicious dinner and take part in helping the Cedarburg area. More than $45,000 was raised to benefit many non-profit organizations that help make the community a wonderful place to live.

A silent auction took place as guests enjoyed the beauty of the new facility which included an outside landscaped patio overlooking a mill pond. Dinner was followed by remarks from Foundation President Peg Edquist and then a verbal auction. The theme of the 1960's prevailed as volunteers donned period costumes and vinyl records from that era made up colorful centerpieces. The evening was topped off by the Beatles cover band "The Britins" who played many of the classic songs by that iconic band.

This annual fundraiser draws support from the entire Cedarburg community while celebrating all of the sustaining gifts the Foundation has given the local area. "It's always gratifying to see so many people come out to support the work that we are doing," said Peg Edquist, President. "I know I take pride in our community and it is apparent that many people feel the same way."


Gala Sponsor Port Washington Bank

Peg Edquist, Paul Hayes, Philia Hayes, Mal Hepburn

2013 Civic Award

The Greater Cedarburg Foundation was pleased to honor Paul and Philia Hayes as recipients of the 2013 Civic Award on February 20. The event, held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, honored the couple and their work to enhance the Cedarburg community. More than 130 people were in attendance at the event, which included a "State of the Foundation" report from President Peg Edquist.

"Paul and Philia Hayes are perfect examples of the generous spirit that exists in so many people who live in this great community," Edquist said. "Both Philia and Paul have made great contributions to improve our city, memorialize our history and continually seek ways to make Cedarburg even better."

The couple was profiled and introduced by Mal Hepburn, past President of the Foundation, who lauded the couple as examples of outstanding civic citizens. Read more about this year's winners.

During the "State of Foundation" report, Foundation President Peg Edquist announced that the Foundation has grown four-fold since it was founded a dozen years ago, to an endowment of more than $2.6 million. That amount includes the GCF endowment and eight donor advised funds which operate through the Foundation.

"Since 2002, we have given away more than a half million dollars in grants and pass through grants," Edquist said. "To date, we have impacted more than 30 non-profit organizations in the area who continue to work to make our world a better place. We want to thank them all for their hard work."

The evening also featured remarks from two organizations which were the recipients of grants in 2012. Julie Larrivee and Victoria Benson made comments on behalf of the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, Inc. which has received numerous grants over the past decade. Mark Conrardy, President of the Milwaukee Curling Club, also spoke about a grant given to assist with a new curling facility recently constructed on the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds.

Jazz was provided by Vic DiCristo and Tony Gorenc and refreshments and desserts were served throughout the evening. Sponsors for the event were Jim and Sandy Pape, Port Washington State Bank, Carlson Tool and Manufacturing, Bob and Judy Chmielewski, Bob and Maria Loomis, Jerry and Alice Voigt, Mark Benskin, Jim and Carole Coutts and Mal and Jill Hepburn.

Foundation Launches Survey

Now in its twelfth year, the Greater Cedarburg Foundation is launching its first-ever survey to the general population to gauge its effectiveness in the community and plan for the years ahead. "We have done many good things in the community over the last 12 years, but there is always room for improvement," said Peg Edquist, President. "We hope to get a better idea of how the community at large views the foundation, how they think we are doing, and how they feel we can best communicate with them." Those partaking in the survey will be included in a special raffle drawing for a nights stay at the Washington House Inn, a spa certificate from Bella Lei Salon in Cedarburg, and a certificate for dinner at Morton's Wisconsin Inn.

The survey is short but the few questions will prove immensely helpful to the Foundation as it plans for the future. To participate, please click on this link or by entering this address http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3HH3CMN into your browser. If you have trouble accessing the survey, please call the Greater Cedarburg Foundation at 262-377-7338.

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Cedarburg is "My Kind of Town"

Save the Date

The Greater Cedarburg Foundation celebrated Cedarburg as "My KInd of Town" on Saturday, September 29 at the 7th Annual President's Gala. This annual fundraiser drew support from the entire Cedarburg community while celebrating all of the sustaining gifts the Foundation has given the local area.

The event was held at the beautiful Wisconsin Country Club at 6200 W. Good Hope Road. A silent auction, special cocktails and unique giving options were offered, followed by dinner and dancing to Mr. Lucky orchestra. A 1960s feel permeated the evening with many attendees in vintage period attire that added to the appeal of the special vintage music and memorabilia, bringing back the "Rat Pack" days of legend.

In addition to a wide range of Silent Auction items, some unique items were available during the Live Auction. The video below shows some of these special items.

As Peg Edquist, Foundation President, commented before the event, "We have a community filled with generous people who want the Cedarburg area to continue to be a wonderful place to live and raise a family." The enthusiastic support demonstrated by everyone in attendance this year will certainly help the Foundation preserve and enhance Our Town.

Our very special Thanks go out to all of you who attended and/or sponsored the evening, and to all the men and women who worked to make the evening the success it was!

The Greater Cedarburg Foundation is a $2 million community fund comprised of an endowment and donor advised funds which distributes grants to non-profit organizations to preserve the local cultural heritage, enhance artistic endeavors and support education, social and community-based services in the greater Cedarburg area.

Peg Edquist Foundation President

Peg Edquist

Peg Edquist began her two-year term as President of the Greater Cedarburg Foundation at the June 2012 Annual board meeting.

Edquist, who has lived in Cedarburg with her husband Jerry and three children for more than 23 years, is a former business reporter for the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel and a freelance writer and columnist for the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee. She is co-author of the book "Love, Power & Money" about family owned businesses and was the broadcast reporter for The Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee on several local radio stations for more than a dozen years. During her time at the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, she received a distinguished achievement award for local government news from the Inland Daily Press Association. She is currently editor of an electronic newsletter that reaches more than 1,000 members of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg.

As an active civic volunteer, Edquist has served on local boards, including the Columbia St. Mary's Foundation, the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Inc. and is a current member of the St. Mary's Ozaukee Community Council. She is a tutor at the Literacy Services of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and active in her church, mentoring high school students and working with her husband on efforts to build a new Education and Activity Center for St. Francis Borgia.

"I am very excited to be leading a group of dedicated community members who devote time and talent to making Cedarburg a better place to live," Edquist said. "We have grown tremendously under the leadership of (Past President) Ben Levy, and we hope to continue to grow so we can reach out to more organizations and projects in need of our support."

Our Mission

The Greater Cedarburg Foundation's mission is to promote and encourage private funding in support of projects and programs that enrich the quality of life for the residents of the Greater Cedarburg Community. The Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations within the Greater Cedarburg Community.

Foundation disbursements will be used as seed money for new efforts, sometimes as matching funds for projects, and occasionally as challenge grants.  Ordinarily the Foundation will not extend funds to cover an organization’s routine operating expenses.

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