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Marshfield Area Community Foundation in the News

January 30, 2015

Our annual Scholarship Bulletin is now available.

January 22, 2015

Hub City Times  has a feature article, A leg Up on Higher Learning about our scholarships.  This article written by Editor, Adam Hocking

September 7, 2013

Article from September 7, 2013 Marshfield News Herald

Community TV's show about the Foundation and it's Anniversary

February 20, 2013

Fore Bill Supports Scholarships

Pat Allen gives a check from the Fore Bill Outing to Amber Leifheit

Pat Allen, left, recently presented a check for $10,326.64 to Amber Leifheit of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation for the Fore Bill Scholarship Fund. Each year, Pat raises money through the Fore Bill Golf Outing, in memory of her husband Bill's community service. A total of $11,500 in scholarships has been given to 13 students since the fund was established in 2009. Pat and a committee are working on plans for this year's golf outing. Students may apply for scholarships at Six $1,000 scholarships will be given this year.

February 14, 2013

Marshfield Youth Initiatives replenishes police's K-9 fund

Thanks to the work of a few energetic high school students and community members, the Marshfield Police Department’s K-9 contingency fund has been replenished.  The Marshfield Area Youth Initiatives Group donated $11,150 to the K-9 program during a ceremony Thursday morning at the Police Department.

“The efforts you put into this program are truly outstanding,” Police Chief GaryJepsen told the group. “The things you do to make Marshfield a better and saferplace to live have been greatly appreciated, and I cannot thank you enough.”The Police Department nearly depleted the fund two years ago when it spent $14,000 to purchase K-9 dog H and sent Officer Terry Endries to a five week K-9 handler
training course in Kentucky.

The Youth Initiatives Group, made up Marshfield and Columbus High School students, is a part of the Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth, which works to combat the rising prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and drug use among Marshfield’s youths.The teens raised money by holding a charity softball game between the Police Department and WAOW Television in June and teaming up with former Real Pizza
owner Carol Berg to make and sell close to 900 pizzas in December.

The department’s budget covers all of the operational costs that a K-9 unit brings,including veterinary check-ups and food. What is not built into the budget isthe initial cost of purchasing a dog.But now, should the need arise for another K-9 officer, the department has funding
to do so.

“We know that our dogs won’t last forever. I think the average workable life of aK-9 is somewhere around seven or eight years,” Jepsen said. “We need to be prepared to purchase another one and get an officer fully trained, so we can continue to operate with two K-9s in our department. There is such a huge advantage to having that.”

The department’s other K-9, Arco, came on duty in 2009, which means the department might have to retire him within the next few years.

Mayor Chris Meyer expressed his gratitude for all the projects that MACY has done since its creation, saying it was “mind-numbing that you guys have done all this stuff in the last couple of years.”

At one point during the ceremony, H became a little hyper, and started to bark loudly. As Endries escorted him out of the room, he knocked over a jacket, to which Jepsen joked, “There are probably drugs in there.”

But Marshfield police are concerned about the rising number of drug busts in the city, especially the increased prevalence of heroin. During a typical year, the two K-9 units are requested by officers to do a sweep of a suspicious vehicle about 280 times, with arrests in about 40 percent of those cases.

One of the K-9s was going to assist officers during a search warrant later that evening, Jepsen said during the ceremony.

“There are times where we are finding drugs there, but it’s not enough to constitute an arrest that would hold up in court,” said Officer Scott Schlei,Arco’s handler.

MACY and Youth Initiative members also thanked the Marshfield Community Foundation,donors and all the volunteers who helped make this fundraiser successful.

Logan T. Carlson can be reached at
715-384-3131 ex. 328. Follow him on Twitter @logantcarlson.

Another great community project funded through the Marshfield Area Community Foundation

Marshfield News-Herald  September 27, 2012

The Marshfield Area Community Foundation celebrated its grand reopening Wednesday at its new location in the Heritage Bank building, 907 N. Central Ave.

Amber Kiggens-Leifheit, executive director for MACF, said the decision to move came after about 50 of 100 people interviewed by the foundation said they didn't know what the MACF was.  "We realized we had a problem," Kiggens-Leifheit said. "I think better
visibility will help us reach out to that 50 percent of people that had no idea what the foundation is."

Kiggens-Leifheit said she hopes the foundation's prominent new location will encourage people to stop in or search for the website.

"We needed a place where if we needed to privately talk to a donor, we could shut the door," Kiggens-Leifheit said.

The new first-floor location also will make the foundation more easily accessible.

The foundation was started in 1993 with a $25,000 grant from Anne and Bette Adler. A part-time volunteer served as the foundation's director.

Bette Adler said she wanted to establish the foundation because of "the need inthe community for the resources that were there, and to find the need."

Today,the foundation has 110 funds worth $4.97 million, including funds forscholarships, local churches, Marshfield Clinic's Youth Net, the arts and theMarshfield Area Habitat for Humanity. The MACF now has two employees,Kiggens-Leifheit and an office assistant.

JBHernandez, a University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County freshman, receiveda scholarship from one of the foundation's funds last year.  "Through  the help of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation, we were able to offset  the amount of money my parents had to pay and the stress they had to go through," Hernandez said.

The MACF has given $535,000 in scholarships to local students from 35 funds.

Kiggens-Leifheit  said the foundation also is working on the Speak Your Peace program to  encourage people to communicate respectfully. The foundation has organized  training sessions and provided guest speakers for local organizations.




Marshfield Area Community Foundation Continues to Make Grants that Enrich the Quality of Life in our Community

Marshfield and the surrounding area have a reputation for being a caring community that is very generous in helping those who have need.    In these economic times we must all come together to serve the greater good.  The mission of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation is to “connect people who care with causes that matter to enrich the quality of life in the Marshfield area.  We believe this to be even truer when our community, families, and the world are in greater need than ever.    We respond to the needs in our community through our Community Grants, Senior Grants, and the Women’s Giving Circle.


This year 22 groups submitted grant requests, asking for over $38,000 in funding. Our Board of Trustees has voted to fund the following projects with the Community and Senior Grants Programs:


  • Companion Day Services- $500  New tables  for use by wheelchair bound elderly participants.
  • Literacy Council of Wood County, Inc. - $825  Provide materials for increasing tutor services.
  • Clarity Care- $1385  In home help for the elderly.
  • Marshfield Cultural Fair - $700 Help sponsor theatre group for event.
  • Marshfield Green Living and Energy Expo - $500 Help sponsor speaker.
  • Clark County Health Department- $2300 Purchase a mobile blood lead analyzer for children at risk.
  • Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth - $900 Sponsor parent network dinner.
  • New Visions Art Gallery- $658 Provide materials for “The Art of Victory, the Art of Defeat” School Tours and Art Olympiad.
  • UW Marshfield – Wood County Continuing Education Department - $1000  Sponsor GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) Seminar for 6,7,8 grade girls.
  • Marshfield Alternative High School. - $250  Establish a recurring scholarship for alternative high school graduates to pursue higher education.


The Board also voted to accept the recommendations from the Women’s Giving Circle to make the following grants:


  • Personal Development Center - $1000 Telephone and translation equipment.
  • Clark County Department of Social Services - $1000 Keeping Women and Children Warm.
  • Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth - $900 Sponsor parent network dinner.
  • Hannah Center- $800 For educational materials
  • COME Meal Spencer- $250  To help with needs for meals for the poor.
  • St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry - $300 To help provide milk to families in need.
  • Christmas Angel Project of Chili-Humbird-Neilsville-Granton - $260 to help supply needy families with groceries, gifts, and clothing.

Marshfield Area Community Foundation has committed $13,528 in assistance to the above groups.  You can help us help others.  Please consider a donation to the Marshfield Area Community Foundation Community Grants or Women’s Giving Circle.  In giving, you enrich your own life while helping our work of addressing critical and emerging needs from non-profits that feed the hungry, help a family, extend a hand to the needy or provide heat in the cold. 

New Appointments to Board of Trustees

The Marshfield Area Community Foundation is excited to announce three new appointments to our Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees consists of 15 members who are appointed by individuals or organizations. They are elected by a majority of the Board of Trustees. The Board meets bimonthly and is responsible for all functions of the Foundation. Brian Kief, Teri Wilczek, Steve Youso have joined the board.

Brian Kief is the President of Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Kief is responsible for the overall operations of Saint Joseph Hospital, a 504-bed hospital that provides a full range of tertiary care services and educational programs. He leads the development and fulfillment of the hospital’s mission and strategic plan. Kief serves on and coordinates the activities of the hospital board of directors. Kief manages relationships with medical staff to ensure excellence in patient care and efficient operations. He leads all aspects of employee relations and financial management of a highly complex organization. Prior to moving to Marshfield Kief was the Regional Chief Executive Officer for Ministry Health Care in Woodruff, WI. Kief also serves as a board member for the Flambeau Hospital, Our Lady of Victory Medical Center, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, and is a member of the Marshfield Area Noon Rotary.

New Appointments to Board of Trustees:

Teri Wilczek is the Chief Development Officer for the Marshfield Clinic. She directs fundraising efforts for Marshfield Clinic, which includes working with individuals, businesses and volunteers who are interested in supporting Marshfield Clinic's research, education and patient care programs. Wilczek has worked in the Clinic’s Development Department four years. Wilczek is an active member of the community. She is a Marshfield Sunrise Rotary member, Columbus Catholic Schools and Our Lady of Peace Parish volunteer; she serves on the Marshfield YMCA Board of Directors, and volunteers with MACCI.

Steve Youso is chief administrative officer at Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. Security Health Plan is a physician-sponsored health maintenance organization owned by Marshfield Clinic that serves more than 186,000 members in a 32-county service area of Wisconsin. Security Health Plan is the third largest health maintenance organization in Wisconsin and provides insured and self-funded plans to a variety of large and small employers, as well as to individuals and families, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Youso joined Security Health Plan in January of 2005. Youso has 30 years of leadership experience in medical group practice and health plan management. Prior to joining Security Health Plan, he served three years as vice-president of sales and community accounts at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. In this position he was the executive in charge of 80 sales professionals and nearly 1.2 million members.

Community Foundation Matches $150,000 Grant

July 28, 2010
—Marshfield News-Herald

The Marshfield Area Community Foundation announced Tuesday that it had raised $150,000 in matching grant funds that, combined with a $200,000 donation by founders Bette and Anne Adler, will establish a new Operational Endowment for the organization. Since it was founded by Bette and Anne in 1993, the sisters have given $350,000 to the organization to "connect people who care with causes that matter to enrich the quality of life in the Marshfield area.

Executive Director Amber Kiggens-Leifheit said when Anne died in 2009, she provided for the foundation in her will and Bette organized the $200,000 contribution from the sisters in January. Bette also challenged MACF fundraisers to match an additional $150,000 grant. Bette presented the $150,000 check to the MACF Operational Endowment on behalf of she and her sister at a gathering Tuesday at West 14th Restaurant.

Kiggens-Leifheit said the matching Operational Endowment funds were raised through friends of the foundation and local businesses, including Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., Dental Clinic of Marshfield and Marshfield Savings Bank. Both endowment and Lifetime Giving contributors were individually recognized at the event.

Interest from the endowment will provide for a small portion of the foundation's operating budget each year, she said.

"By having money we can count on having to run the organization, we'll have more money that we'll be able to give directly back to the community," Kiggens-Leifheit said.

Bill Heiting, development committee chair, said the start of the Operational Endowment is just a jumping off point, and he will be working to increase the size of the endowment.

Heiting said the goal is for the fund to last forever, with MACF spending 4 to 5 percent of it each year on its $80,000 annual operating costs. He hopes the endowment will one day reach $1 million.

Kiggens-Leifheit said the foundation is currently calling for grant applications in the categories of women and children, seniors and whole community, which it will award August 15.


Golf Fundraiser Raises $10,000 for Scholarships

November 18, 2009
—Marshfield News-Herald

The Fore Bill Memorial Golf Celebration was held Sept. 10 at the Marshfield Country Club. One-hundred-twenty-one golfers enjoyed a beautiful day of golf. Dinner and entertainment followed.

Two scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2010 to local students pursuing a medical education. This is made possible because of the very successful turnout of community, friends and relatives supporting this event.

Pat Allen presented a check for $10,303.03 to Amber Kiggens-Leifheit, executive director of the Marshfield Community Foundation. The actual amount raised from the golf outing was $8,503.03, with Pat Allen donating the remainder.

"I am overwhelmed with the generosity of this community and surrounding communities and their continued support of the Fore Bill golf outing," Allen said. "As we plan for the 2010 event, we hope this golf tournament can be as successful as the last two years." Plans are in the making for next year's Fore Bill Memorial Golf Celebration to be held Sept. 9, 2010.


Tiny Tiger wins national honor

November 11, 2009
JENNIFER FREDRICK—For the Marshfield News-Herald

In July, Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center was recognized at the 15th International Generations United Conference in Washington, D.C., as one of five 2009 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Intergenerational Shared Sites Best Practice award winners. This national honor recognizes organizations that demonstrate exemplary practices to develop their program, help grow the intergenerational shared site field, and inspire others to further expand on the best practices of intergenerational programs.

Best practice award winners are selected based on areas such as structured intergenerational curriculum, relationship building among all participants, impact on participants, planned and unplanned interactions, community needs, collaborative and well trained staff, community involvement, sustainability, evaluation, creativity and ability to be replicated by other organizations.

Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center brings together children from Child Care Centers of Marshfield-Tiny Tiger, students from Marshfield High School-Human Services Academy, and advanced aged, irreversible dementia/Alzheimer's, developmentally disabled and physically disabled adults from Companion Day Services under one roof.

Tiny Tiger opened in March 2007 and was designed by the Tiny Tiger Leadership Team with age-specific classrooms for the children, a classroom for Marshfield High School students enrolled in courses in the Human Services Academy, and an adult day center for the adults. Tiny Tiger is the first intergenerational center in the nation to include a high school educational classroom where students are learning to connect the generations while building relationships with all ages.

Courses in the Human Services Academy prepare students for careers such as psychology, social work, family or school counseling, education and geriatrics. Students apply knowledge gained from core high school courses while exploring career options that serve people. Students also serve the community by providing skilled workers who demonstrate honesty, respect, responsibility and teamwork.

At Tiny Tiger, there is an intergenerational library that holds hundreds of books that are available to be checked out by classroom teachers and families who attend Tiny Tiger. Adjacent to the facility is the Marshfield Outdoor Learning Sanctuary, a three-acre parcel of farmland that was donated to the School District of Marshfield in 2008. Soon, an outdoor classroom will be constructed on the site for Marshfield High School students, Companion Day Services participants, Child Care Centers of Marshfield children and Madison Elementary School students. This classroom will provide easy access for individuals from ages 1 through 101 to observe wildlife and interact with nature.

If you haven't visited Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center, please stop in or call for a personal tour of this creative, caring and award-winning program.

Jennifer Fredrick is the career and technical education coordinator at Marshfield High School. She can be reached at

(The Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center is funded through the Marshfield Area Community Foundation.)


Holocaust survivor to speak on forgiveness, medical ethics

November 5, 2009
Liz Welter—Marshfield News-Herald

Eva Kor, 75, not only survived the horrors of the Holocaust concentration camp Auschwitz, but she also is a survivor of the medical experiments conducted by the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele.

"Surviving Auschwitz and the Life Lessons I have Learned -- Ethics in Medicine and Research: Lessons from Mengele's Lab" is the topic of a free public presentation by Kor at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Columbus Catholic High School.

Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were born in Romania in 1934 and used as experimental subjects by Mengele for nine months. The sisters were among 200 of the 3,000 children in Mengele's lab to survive, Kor said in an interview from her home in Indiana.

Following their liberation from Auschwitz, the sisters were orphans who later emigrated to Israel. As traumatic as their lives were, Eva and Miriam also suffered from ailments for which there was no medical explanation, since all of Mengele's records allegedly were destroyed. "Miriam had kidney failure because her kidneys never grew beyond the size for a 10-year-old," Kor said. Although Miriam had a kidney transplant, she died six years later, which Kor attributes to the toxic mix of chemicals the twins were injected with during Mengele's experiments.

Twins were valuable for Mengele's experiments, Kor said. One of the children in the pair provided a standard of control in experiments Mengele devised to understand disease and genetics.

"He could do things to one twin, and when that child died, there was an autopsy to learn how and why," Kor said.

"I was injected with a deadly germ, and when I didn't die, my sister was taken in for additional tests. That is when she was injected with something that affected her kidneys," she said.

While Kor could be bitter at her lot in life, she is not. Kor attributes forgiveness as key to her ability to heal emotionally.

"If I wanted to be angry, I could, but who would that help? Is that a life worth living? Will it bring back my parents or my health? It won't change anything. It is a fallacy that when justice is done, that everything will be OK. If we bring every Nazi to justice, what will that change in my life?

"Forgiveness has been taught as part of religion, but it has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with human beings needing to be free from physical and emotional pain," Kor said. Kor's visit to Marshfield is sponsored by a coalition of community groups, said Anne Nikolai, a research compliance educator at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, where Kor will address physicians and scientists about medical ethics.

"Scientists and doctors do tremendously important work," Kor said.

"But if you are more interested in your discovery or your research than helping a human being, you are headed in the direction of Josef Mengele."

(This lecture was sponsored in-part by the Seniors Grant Program of MACF)

Girls Hockey Team Receives Grants

November 4, 2009
For the Marshfield News-Herald

The Marshfield Tigers Girls Varsity Hockey team is the recipient of two grants awarded by the Marshfield Area Community Foundation.

Both grants help cover the cost of improvements in the new varsity locker room. The locker room was part of the building addition and improvements recently completed by the Marshfield Youth Hockey Association.

The first grant, from the Women's Giving Circle, is for $300. The Women's Giving Circle supports programs which enhance the lives of women in the Marshfield area, and the addition of a varsity hockey locker room dedicated to the girl's team puts them on comparable basis with the boys varsity hockey program in Marshfield.

The second grant is a community grant approved by the board of trustees of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation. The community grant program supports organizations in the Marshfield area that enhance the quality of life for residents, and the locker room improvements are part of providing a quality experience to young women who participate in high school varsity hockey.

The Marshfield Area Community Foundation has been supporting and improving the quality of life in Marshfield and the surrounding area since 1993. They can be reached at www.marshfieldarea

The Marshfield Tiger Girls varsity hockey program is playing its second year of varsity hockey in the 2009-2010 season after numerous years as a club team. While associated with the Marshfield School District the team is currently self-funded through various fundraising efforts and community donations. They can be contacted at PO Box 725, Marshfield WI 54449

ACE Academy hosts community foundation event

October 20, 2009
Liz Welter—Marshfield News-Herald

Donors and the public got a first hand look at what the Marshfield Area Community Foundation does with its donations Monday evening.

For the first time, the annual foundation event to announce grants to area agencies and organizations was held at the location of a beneficiary -- the new Marshfield High School Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy.

Through a collaboration between the school, a grant from the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin and the foundation, the Academy was built for about $175,000 without using any public funding, said Aaron Staab, owner of Staab Construction, who was an organizer for the project and is also a donor to the foundation.

"It's really nice to see this," said Darlene Berry, a Marshfield Middle School teacher touring the new academy, which is a free-standing structure in the back of the high school designed to blend with the existing architecture.

About 60 students are enrolled in the Academy, said Ron Sturomski, ACE instructor.

"We were limited where we could complete projects," said Sturomski, who explained how students often needed to work outside until the Academy was built and opened to classes in September.

Bringing donors and area residents to a facility assisted by the foundation for the annual event demonstrates how the money is spent, said Amber Leifeit, foundation executive director.

"People like to see where it goes and what is done in the community," Leifeit said.

Foundation donates $11,500

October 2009

  • $750 to Christmas Angel Project of Neillsville-Granton-Chili-Humbird
  • $838 to Pathway Partners at Columbus High School
  • $790 to Hewitt Area Parks and Trails Committee
  • $1,500 to Home Delivered Meals Program
  • $1,000 to Friends of the Marshfield Dog Park
  • $500 to Marshfield Clinic Child Advocacy Center
  • $750 to Personal Development Center
  • $500 to Marshfield Girls Tiger Hockey
  • $500 to Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation

The following grants were made through the Foundation's Women's Giving Circle:

  • $1,000 to Clark County Department of Social Services for energy assistance fund designated for women with families
  • $1,000 to Memorial Medical Center, Neillsville, for a program to disperse prenatal vitamins in medically underserved areas
  • $1,000 to Personal Development Center, for a supervised visitation and exchange program
  • $300 to Marshfield High School Girl's Hockey Team
  • $300 to Meals On Wheels Program at Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • $300 to Soup or Socks, a community food pantry

To learn more about the Marshfield Area Community Foundation, log on to

A slide show of students dedicting the Grace Nycz Walking Trail at Washington School can be viewed at:

This walking trail was funded through the Marshfield Area Community Foundation.

Trail designed to get kids moving

September 17, 2009
Ashley A. Smith—Marshfield News-Herald

Some were running while others walked up the hill and around the back of Washington Elementary School in Marshfield Wednesday morning.

It was the first time students got the chance to use the new Grace Nycz Memorial Trail since construction was completed Tuesday.

"Our goal is to get more exercise," said Washington Principal Jim Cain, during the student assembly. "Even teachers can use it after school."

The half-mile trail took six years and $40,000 before being completed, said Deb Englehart, a fifth-grade teacher who helped coordinate building the trail, with donations from community members, retired teachers, Healthy Lifestyles, the Parent Teacher Organization and Marshfield Area Friends of the Trail.

Students are encouraged to use the trail as often as they can, especially so they participate or train for community events like the Sixth Grade Field Day or the YMCA's Cheese Chase.

"I'll probably walk around and bring my scooter here," said 10-year-old Mcqensey Koran.

The school also received pedometers so students can keep track of how many steps they've taken or how far they've gone on the trail.

For every five laps, Cain said students can earn tokens.

"We're getting kids moving," said Amber Kiggens-Leifheit, a Marshfield School Board member and former Washington parent. "Childhood obesity in Wisconsin has only gone up every year."

While the trail that travels around the back of the school is paved, there is still work to be done. Eventually, trees will be planted and learning stations installed for science class or multidisciplinary areas, Kiggens-Leifheit said.

The school still is looking for volunteers and donations of grass seed to cover patches of dirt alongside the trail, Englehart said.

"I have plenty of ideas," she said. "Where we have rollerblading day or bicycle day. We have limitless opportunities for what can be out here."

In honor of one of the trail's contributors, an official dedication ceremony will be held Oct. 17 for Grace Nycz, who died shortly after learning of the distinction.

ACE Academy ready for Marshfield High School students

ASHLEY A. SMITH—Marshfield News-Herald

August 20, 2009

One year earlier than expected, the new Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy at Marshfield High School was unveiled Wednesday evening.

The academy, built with the assistance of high school students, is designed for those entering construction careers, apprenticeships, engineering, plumbing and electrical work. "We cannot forget the students," said Aaron Staab, owner of Staab Construction, who first thought of building the academy in 2005. "The students really contributed a great part of getting this done. I find it amazing this project was done in less than one year."

The academy, located behind the high school, resembles a small warehouse with shelves of hard hats, tool boxes and bags and electric tools lining its walls.

Prior to the ACE Academy, any construction project that wasn't wood work, was done on a small patch of gravel outside the school, said Ron Sturomski, the ACE instructor. "I was limited six to eight weeks in the fall and four in the spring," Sturomski said. "This is a heck of a facility for mainly wood machining and things of that nature, but we were limited in what big things we could do."

But with the academy, students could work more on learning larger projects like electrical wiring or laying mortar.

Funding from the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, a state grant, cash and in-kind donations totaled about $220,000 for the academy.

"There were no public monies," Staab said. "Not a single public dollar was used and that was the whole goal to start with."

Without the donations and grant funds, the academy wouldn't have been created given the economy and state of school funding, said Superintendent Bruce King.

"This is a project that will serve our students for many years to come," he said. "We rely on public partnership and I believe it's one of the reasons we're so successful."

Sophomores, juniors and seniors who have an interest in construction will have to apply to the academy with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Sturomski said about 100 students would benefit from the academy the first year.

Mitch Schindler, project manager of Marshfield-based Marawood Construction Services, said the academy is a resource for local companies and could help provide further hands-on training.

"Marshfield has always done a great job with students and construction," he said.

(The ACE Academy was funded through the Marshfield Area Community Foundation.)


MHS proposes outdoor classroom in nearby wetlands

ASHLEY A. SMITH—Marshfield News-Herald


MAY 27, 2009

The best way to teach students about animals, plants and the environment -- use the outdoors. It's the driving reason behind building the Marshfield Environmental Learning Center at the high school.

"Our focus is to create outdoor learning of science, horticultural and environmentally-based activities," said Jane Wagner, who has spearheaded the center's creation. "We also thought the children and elders could use this too."

The concept design of the outdoor sanctuary, with three ponds, two viewing decks and walking trails over the three acres of wetlands, won't be finalized until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers give their approval in June.

High school building technology students would construct the center's shelter and trail system.

The sanctuary has already been attracting ducks and birds since the ponds were excavated, Wagner said.

The outdoor classroom, located at Grant Street and Palmetto Avenue, has received more than 100 plant donations that science classes have been installing.

Mark Zee, an agriculture teacher and member of Friends of the Wetland, said the outdoor sanctuary provides a unique opportunity for Marshfield students.

"Being really close to the school makes it special," Zee said. "You don't have to go on a field trip, you can frequent it often."

Unlike a textbook or whatever teachers bring into the classroom, the outdoor center would allow students to notice changes throughout the school year, Zee said.

"One of the classes it will work well for is wildlife management class," Zee said. "We can do inventories for some aquatic plants, some diversity of wildlife out there, how habitat affects the drawing in of species and we can test the water quality for various things."

Wagner said while classes would use the sanctuary, it would be open to anyone who wanted to spend time there.

"I live in the neighborhood so even my family loves spending time over there," she said. "I can see it being an addition to the neighboring community, enhancing the community and an active learning opportunity for students of all ages."

Wagner said Friends of the Wetland is still striving to raise funds and donations for construction of the sanctuary, especially materials for the shelter and trails. "We don't want to develop this to become a tourist attraction," she said. "But to be a sanctuary for peaceful and quiet study, learning and research."

If the design is approved by the USACE and more funding becomes available, Friends of the Wetland expect construction to take place in September and October

Anne Adler, Founding Director Dies

January 2009Anne Victoria Adler

Anne Victoria Adler, 91 of Milwaukee, died Jan. 8, 2009, of natural causes. Anne was born June 1, 1917, to John Peter (J.P.) and Rosamond Victoria (Bille) Adler in Marshfield. She attended Milwaukee Downer College for two years and went on to earn her baccalaureate and a degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anne then earned her graduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina. After earning her graduate degree, Anne went on to proudly teach economics to the GIs coming home from World War II at the University of Toledo. Anne also was extremely proud of the fact that she was one of the first women to earn a stockbroker's Securities and Exchange Commission license and enjoyed trading stocks and money management until late in her life. Anne and her sister, Elizabeth Adler of Marshfield, started the Marshfield Community Foundation, as a memorial to their parents, J.P. and Rosamond Adler. The Foundation was started with a challenge grant of $25,000 in 1993. Anne and Bette wanted to make a long-term impact on their hometown community of Marshfield. Today, through Anne and Bette's generosity, the Marshfield Community Foundation gives grants and scholarships to community groups and students and continues to grow in its endowment to a current value of $2.7 million. Along with her gift of giving to others, Anne's heart was filled with the love of the companionship of her dogs -- in particular the schnauzer breed. Anne also enjoyed being a member of Waupaca Historical Society and the Waupaca Genealogical Society. Anne has been a member of many other clubs and organizations, and enjoyed bird watching and photography. Anne will be missed.

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Students Building ACE Academy


Marshfield High School Students Begin Construction of the New Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Academy Technology Center

Marshfield High School is offering a new two year program for students to explore careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The first class at the ACE Academy has 48 students enrolled. These students are helping to build the ACE Technology Center on the grounds of Marshfield High School, with the support from local construction companies and contractors. The building’s entire cost of $160,000 will come from donations and in-kind services.

This demonstrates what can be done when individuals and small groups have a vision and the determination to pursue it. It illustrates the generosity and commitment of this community when asked to support meaningful and worthwhile projects.

The Community Foundation facilitates and supports projects like this through what we call “Project Specific Funds.” Students  Building ACE AcademyUnlike our endowed funds which are intended to last forever, project specific funds have a final goal in mind, usually a capital building project, and the fund is terminated when the project is completed.

If you would like to donate to the ACE Academy Project you may contact the Marshfield Area Community Foundation.

For more information about Project Specific Funds, see "Establishing a Fund" page.

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Marshfield Area Community Foundation Celebrates 15 of Caring in the Marshfield Area

The Marshfield Area Community Foundation held its annual Friends and Grants Reception on October 14th at Clearwaters Hotel and Convention Center and celebrated 15 years of caring in the Marshfield area. The Marshfield Area Community Foundation’s remembered its roots, honored the people who were important in getting the Foundation off the ground and those who brought it to where it is today. Community, Senior Citizen, and the Women’s Giving Circle Grants were awarded.

Anne and Betty Adler, the two daughters of John and Rosamond Adler, shared a goal: to make a long-term impact on their home community of Marshfield in the name of their parents. In 1993 they offered a challenge grant of $25,000 to establish the Adler Family Fund within the Foundation. It provided the motivating force from which the Marshfield Area Community Foundation emerged. Joe Lang shortly thereafter came forward to establish the Joe Lang Fund; thereby “matching” the amount required by the Adler grant, and the Marshfield Area Community Foundation was officially underway. During the last 15 years many people have served as trustees on the Board of Trustees. These individuals were honored for guiding and shaping the Community Foundation.

In the 15 years, the foundation has grown to over $3.3 million with 107 funds, and has given back over $2.5 million in grants to the community. The reception focused on the Grants Program. The Foundation awarded Community Grants to four applicants: Circle of Life Community Coalition to purchase software and a computer to build a potential donor database, New Visions Gallery to help fund the Paws & Reflect: Art of the Canines Exhibition, Marshfield Girls Tiger Hockey to help pay for the team expenses, and to the Pathway Partners Mentoring Program to begin a Leadership Marshfield Program for youth. The Senior Citizens Endowment Fund made grants to the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin to provide scholarships for classes for aging or disabled adults, the Personal Development Center for an abuse in later life program, and Companion Day Services to help participants cover the cost of the program. The Women's Giving Circle awarded its first grants to The Personal Development Center for domestic violence education and support materials, Kiddie Kaboose to aid adolescent parents with child care needs while the parents attend High School and parenting education, and to social service agencies in Wood, Clark, and Marathon Counties for heating assistance for women and children in need during the upcoming cold winter months.

MACF is not satisfied with the growth they have experienced over their first 15 years. They see many needs in the community that must be faced, and believe that the Marshfield Area Community Foundation must continue to grow to help address them. The Marshfield Area Community Foundation pledges to continue to work hard to fulfill their mission: “connect people who care with causes that matter to enrich the quality of life here in the Marshfield area” for the next 15 years and forever.


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