Cedarburg Foundation

Grants Approved for Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

Nine grants totaling nearly $30,000 were approved by the Cedarburg Foundation in 2009. The grants, which were recommended by the Foundation's grant committee, cover a range of areas, including funds to assist with landscaping for the Girl Scout House, The Cedarburg Performing Art Center Inc. for the Visiting Artist Series, Big Brothers/Big Sisters for an at-risk youth program, the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the Fireside Chats and its 25th anniversary video history. The Riveredge Nature Center received two grants for a lecture series as well as the purchase of land adjacent to the Riveredge property.

"All of these grants were worthwhile efforts to improve some projects that have already given so much to the community," said Jim Rothenbach, co-chair of the grant committee. "We have so many interesting activities in this area which makes it such a great place to live, and we are pleased to be a part of making those happen."

Grants Approved for Fall 2008 - Spring 2009

Five new grant requests totaling $17,000 were approved by the Foundation to benefit several areas of the community. Late in 2008, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts received $5,000 from the foundation to provide support for the renovation of seven existing buildings on Portland Road. Another grant for $5,000 was approved in Fall 2008 for the Honor Flight project which supports efforts to bring WWII veterans to Washington D.C. to see the WWII memorial. Jim Coutts, board member who spearheaded the effort, said 83 vets from Cedarburg and surrounding communities were able to participate in Fall 2008. “They had a great send off for them and then there was a welcoming ceremony when they got back attended by more than 500 friends, families and supporters,” he said. “There was a brass band and members of the local law enforcement agencies on hand to officially greet them. The effort was really tremendous and they greatly appreciated it.”

In Spring 2009, the Foundation approved three grants: $2,500 for the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra to perform at St. Francis Borgia church this spring, $2,000 for a lecture series at the Cedarburg Cultural Center sponsored by Riveredge Nature Center called Riveredge Speaks Out. The series, held on Tuesday evenings, will cover topics that include natural history, science, public policy, and the environment. The final grant for the first part of 2009 was $3,000 to the Cedarburg Women’s club for the beautification of the Girl Scout House on W57 N475 Hilbert Avenue. The grant money will go to permanent plantings which will be purchased and planted by local Eagle Boy Scouts as part of their projects. “We continue to see grant requests from people who are active in the Community but need our support to make their dreams a reality,” said Vicki Capadona, Chair of the Grants committee. “We also had some unusual requests that support education and for that we are gratified that we can assist in these worthwhile efforts.”

Grants Approved for Fall 2007 - Spring 2008

Six grants totaling nearly $15,000 were approved by the Cedarburg Foundation in 2008, based on recommendations made by the Foundation grant committee. The six grant recipients were the Cedarburg Players for $1,000, the Revive the Rivoli campaign for $5,000, two grants to the Cedarburg Cultural Center for $5,000 and $500, The Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Inc. for $2,500, and the Cedarburg High School Engineering Club for $300.

Grants Approved for Spring 2007

Acting on recommendations from its grants screening committee, the Cedarburg Foundation Board approved $6,000 in six grant requests at its March 6 meeting. The projects and their grant amounts were:

  • North Shore Academy of the Arts, $1,500 to help pay for a changeable set for theater productions.
  • Visiting Artists Series, Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, $1,500 to help pay for the appearance of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ozaukee County, $1,000 to fund an after-school mentoring program in which at risk at-risk students aged 10 through 14 attend weekly supervised meetings.  .
  • Helping Hands Healing Hooves, $1,000 for scholarships to help individuals with developmental disabilities participate in an equine program.
  • Peter Wollner Post #288 of the American Legion, $500 to help with the renovation of the war memorial in Cedarburg Veterans Park.
Cedarburg Police Department, $500 to help pay for a canine unit in which a trained Labrador retriever will detect controlled substances.

Grant to Improve Scout House

The Cedarburg Boy Scout House in Boy Scout Park near Riveredge Drive and Bridge Road would be given a major make-over under a project initiated by the approval of a grant by the board of the Cedarburg Foundation at its Dec. 5 meeting.

The board voted to approve a $25,000 grant to be paid over five years. Mal Hepburn, past president of the foundation, said that the entire project was estimated to cost $250,000 and he envisioned community support for the rest of the money.

As laid out in preliminary drawings by architect Don Stauss, the nearly half century- old Boy Scout House would get an exterior renovation. This would include a new roof to give the house a larger gabled look, and new doors.

Within the building, a moveable divider wall would be installed in the main hall to allow for breakout meetings. Also the kitchen would be refurbished. The “footprint,” or area of ground covered by the building, would remain the same. To the north of the Scout House, a stone seating circle would be installed and landscaped for the use of Scouts as well as ice skaters who visit the park in winter.

Hepburn said that the Scout House was built in the earily1960s as a concrete block  building. In 1980, a brick exterior kitchen wing and storage area was added along


Architect Don Stauss’ sketch of how Cedarburg’s Boy Scout House might appear after a make-over.

the south side, thanks to a local fund-raising effort. The city owns the building today and provides maintenance and repairs.

John Heyer, for 12 years scoutmaster of Troop 830, one of three Boy Scout troops in Cedarburg, said that the present Scout House is used heavily during afternoons and evenings during the school year by two Boy Scout troops, four Cub Scout packs and one Venture Crew.

Altogether, more than 30 Scout-related meetings are held a month. When the space is idle, the city may rent it to other groups for special events. It is used as a warming area during ice skating season on the nearby mill pond formed by the Wittenberg Mill dam.

Grant to Help Assemble Quilt Museum

A grant of $9,000 from the Cedarburg Foundation will help piece together the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts at a pioneer 1850s farmstead on Portland Rd. on Cedarburg's east side.

The foundation's board approved the grant to the Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Inc., governing body of the museum, with the intention that it pay for a larger fund-raising effort. As envisioned, the quilt museum project will cost about $4 million, an amount that includes the renovation of seven existing buildings, including a field stone house, a wooden barn and other outbuildings of generic pioneer Wisconsin agriculture.

Foundation President Jim Coutts presented the check recently to Kay Walters, president of the project. Also present was Vicki Capadona, who serves as a board member both of the foundation and the quilt museum project.

The project's mission is to create "a living museum dedicated to education, preservation and creativity as celebrated in the needle arts." When finished, the museum will rank as the important quilt museum in the Midwest.

When it is fully up and running, the museum promises to be a vibrant place of classes, workshops, research, exhibits, festivals and preservation of the vestiges of pioneer fabric art and utility. Thousands of historical quilts will be available for study and viewing not only in the present wooden barn, but in another barn to be reconstructed on the site.

At present, an interim museum and gift shop are maintained in the field stone house.

The property is known as the Hoffman Boeker farm. In its day the farm was 74 acres in size but as Cedarburg grew it dwindled to the 2.2 acres that contained the buildings. Most of the rest of the land was developed.

The farmstead was bought by the Wisconsin Quilt History Project after two sisters who last owned the place insisted that the farmstead be protected. The Cedarburg Landmarks Commission subsequently declared the farmstead a local landmark.

The Wisconsin Quilt History Project was formed in 1988 to call attention to and protect the beauty and utility of



Kay Walters, left, president of the Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Inc., receives a check of $9,000 from Jim Coutts, president of the Cedarburg Foundation. With them is Vicki Capadona, who is on the board of the foundation and in charge of fund-raising for the project. The stunning background is a special quilt that will bear the names of future donors to the project.

pioneer needle work. It documented the history of 7,000 quilts in Wisconsin. Some 100 of these quilts are illustrated in "Wisconsin Quilts: Stories in the Stitches," a 2001 book written by Wisconsin's first poet laureate, Ellen Kort.

Since purchasing the property, a feasibility study and a business plan were finished. More recently, a site plan for the renovation and use of the buildings and landscaping has been prepared.

The Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville has awarded a grant of $801,167, which will materialize if it is matched on a two-for-one basis with $1,602,334 to be raised by the Wisconsin Quilt History Project by March, 2007.

Therefore the organizers of the Cedarburg Quilt Museum are bearing down on a major fund-raising effort. It is to help pay for that effort that the Cedarburg Foundation has made its grant of $9,000.

Donors to the museum of $50 or more will be honored by having their names sewn into a special quilt that is in the making. Inspired by an earlier quilt called the “Mariner's Compass,” this one was designed by Moey Anderson of Cedarburg and pieced together by several others. When completed, it will hang in a prominent space in the new museum.

Grant to Help Buy Rivoli Theatre

The Cedarburg Foundation Board approved a $25,000 grant to the Cedarburg Landmark Preservation Society to buy and renovate the Rivoli Theatre at W62 N567 Washington Ave. Other than the special fund-raiser to pay off the mortgage of the Cedarburg Cultural Center, the grant was the largest in the foundation's six-year history.

The preservation society plans to restore the façade to its movie magic grandeur of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The Foundation's grant is part of a campaign launched last December that has already raised more than $300,000 of the more than $700,000 project.

The Rivoli is the last single screen movie theater in Ozaukee County. The late Mark Morgan of Cedarburg converted the old Boerner Department Store into the theater. The storefront was covered with black and white structural glass, topped by a brightly lit marquee. A ticket booth was set between two doors. The geometry was classic Art Deco.

The doors opened on Saturday, Jan. 11, 1936. Adult admission was 25 cents a ticket and 15 cents on "bargain night" each Tuesday. Kids paid a dime. The first fans in the door were treated to Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," billed as "humanity's most thrilling love story" and starring Ronald Colman. Admission included a newsreel and a cartoon.


Photo Courtesy Edward Rappold Collection

"One of the ingredients that makes Cedarburg is the Rivoli," said Donald Levy of the Preservation Society. "It's part of being a small town and small towns have movie theaters. It keeps downtown Cedarburg viable."

The Rivoli's purchase will be part of an ongoing effort to preserve the historic charm of our small community. Levy and the other members of the Preservation Society actively sought to buy the building after they heard that investors were interested in buying it and converting it into retail shops.

"In Ozaukee County and in most of Wisconsin, Cedarburg has one of the rare Main streets intact. It's a preserved original downtown which hasn't been destroyed by a Wal Mart or anything else," Levy said. "Our goal is to preserve that atmosphere."

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