Twenty-nine charities and nonprofits serving Kewaunee County will share $89,792 in grants from the proceeds of the 2017 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days exposition hosted at Ebert Enterprises near Algoma.
When the county initially obtained the right to host Farm Technology Days, organizers said the long-term mission would be to support the Kewaunee County nonprofit community.
“We are very excited to give back to the greater community with funds raised at the 2017 Kewaunee County Farm Technologies Days,” said Amber Hewett, executive chair, in a news release. “The Grant Committee is honored to award these funds to the community and organizations that showed so much support for the show. I am very pleased to have the success of our event come full circle where we can give back to those who supported our show.”
All receiving groups were required to submit an application and were vetted by the committee. The following groups will be accepting donations:
- 4-H Teen Association Prom Dress Sale
- Agriculture Advocacy and Gardening Practices
- Agricultural Literacy
- Algoma Community Kitchen
- Algoma Schools – Growing Microgreens
- Algoma Pocket Park Project
- Denmark High School – Hydroponics
- Denmark Middle School Ag Education
- Emergency Air Lifting Equipment
- Freedom Inclusive Swing Set at Peterson Park
- Historical Machine Storage Building
- Holy Rosary Child Care Garden Project
- KCHCE – WI Bookworms
- Kewaunee 4-H Beef Project Fairgrounds Upgrades
- Kewaunee 4-H Dairy Committee Fairgrounds Upgrades
- Kewaunee 4-H Goat Project Pens
- Kewaunee 4-H Hog Project Fairgrounds Upgrades
- Kewaunee 4-H Sheep Project Pens
- Kewaunee Dairy Promotions – WI Farm Discovery
- Kewaunee Fire Department Special Use Trailer
- Kewaunee Police Department K9
- Literacy Partners
- Luxemburg-Casco FFA Animal Science Labs
- Luxemburg-Casco FFA Alumni Animal Science Labs
- Mishicot FFA Greenhouse Benches
- Screening Cold Hardy Grapes
- Students Helping Students
- WI Made, WI Proud
- Wolf Den Weekend Backpack Program
Examples of how the funds will be used include improving emergency equipment and services, a number of school and youth education projects like 4-H, literacy, libraries, parks, sustainable agriculture and much more.
The Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days Executive Committee has donated over $192,000 back into the Kewaunee County communities since the three-day show in July 2017. The committee is teaming with Kewaunee County to improve and develop a new recreational feature at Winter Park. Sixty students will receive $1,000 scholarships over the next 10 years as part of the 2017 FTD Scholarship program.
In total, the 2017 Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days will donate over $250,000 back to the community, the committee said.
Photo: From opening day of Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days, July 11, 2017 (Kewaunee County Comet file photo)