Matching gift will help American Legion pay for street repairs

Published Monday, May 23, 2016

An anonymous donor has offered $10,000.00 from his charitable fund in the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region as a match to raise some of the nearly $115,000.00 special assessment Appleton American Legion Post 38 faces in the Town of Grand Chute for planned repaving of the West College Avenue frontage road that runs past the Appleton American Legion’s Club 38 Bar & Grill, banquet hall and the Don Hawkins American Legion Baseball Field.  Laurel Clewell, the post’s adjutant, said the veterans group hoped to raise some of the money through a series of brat fries and at its annual corn roast on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.  Last year the corn roast event brought in about $2,200.00.

The fund will match dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000.00 in gifts made to the Legion received by Tuesday, August 16th, 2016.  Tax deductible gifts should be made payable to the WISCONSIN AMERICAN LEGION FOUNDATION, and have POST 38 ROAD FUND noted in the memo portion of the donation check.  Gifts should be mailed to or dropped off at the Appleton American Legion Post 38, Attn:  Road Fund at 3220 West College Avenue, Appleton, WI, 54914.

The donor who offered the gift said he regularly supports causes that benefit veterans. “I read about it in the newspaper and I felt bad for those guys,” the donor said, asking that he remain anonymous. His is one of more than 1,300 charitable funds that people, businesses and organizations have established at the Community Foundation to support a broad range of causes. The 30-year-old Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is the second-largest certified Community Foundation in Wisconsin, behind only the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, a Fox Cities-based nonprofit founded in 1986, helps people provide long-term support for favorite charities through endowments and other charitable funds. With more than $295 million in assets invested to produce grants for charitable causes in perpetuity, last fiscal year it awarded $16.3 million in grants to nearly 1,000 nonprofits. Affiliated community families of funds operate in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano and Waupaca. To learn more, go to or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

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