Twenty nonprofit organizations that volunteered to work in the various food tents during Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days in July were rewarded during a special meeting Tuesday evening at Ebert Enterprises, the farm that hosted the event.
A combined $100,913 was presented to these organizations by Food Committee Co-Chair Suzi Sevcik. The donations amounted to nearly 20 percent more than was initially projected.
Farm Technology Days officials attributed the success to “committed community leaders, who helped plan, source local food vendors and ultimately executed coordination of food service during the show and invoice management after it closed.”
One of the major reasons the Food Committee was able to provide these donations was the donation of beef from the Ebert Family, which amounted to 12,534 burgers.
“Renee and I have said all along that it was the people that we have met because of this event that we will forever remember,” Randy Ebert said. “The whole Ebert family is very happy to see those people and volunteers now benefit from the show.
“Farm Technology Days is one of the most humbling experiences we have ever been involved in. The sight of all the yellow volunteer shirts is one I will always remember.”
Executive Committee Chair Amber Hewett shared that the committee is coordinating plans for dispersal of the additional funds that exist as a result of the successful show. Announcements are anticipated in January 2018.
Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days provided funds to these nonprofit organizations: 4-H Adult Leaders Association, Algoma Hunting and Fishing Club, Algoma Snowriders Snowmobile Club, Denmark FFA Alumni, Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines in Appleton, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Kewaunee Artisan Center, Kewaunee County Food Pantry, Kewaunee High School FBLA, Kewaunee Rotary, Luxemburg Knights of Columbus, Kewaunee School District PBIS, Mishicot FFA Alumni, Rio Creek Aviation Foundation, Robinson Legion Post 538 Carlton, St. Isadore The Farmer Parish, St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Algoma Home School Association, St. Paul Lutheran Church Algoma and The Violence Intervention Project.
In addition to all those burgers, the food tent volunteers served 3,614 brats, 1,069 chicken wraps, 2,782 cheese curd packs, and 5,830 10-ounce servings of ice cream.
For more information regarding Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, visit www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/kewaunee.