Fond du Lac Area Foundation Awards Annual Legacy Awards

The Fond du Lac Area Foundation awarded their prestigious “Legacy” awards at the 9th annual “Celebration of Giving” dinner on October 3, 2013.  The “Legacy” award was established in 2005 to recognize outstanding philanthropy and significant commitment to the Fond du Lac community.  The event was attended by over 150 people and the Foundation also recognized over 40 people in attendance who have already established funds to benefit the community.  Fond du Lac Family YMCA Executive Director & CEO Greg Giles gave a great speech on going ‘All In’ for your community and how you can do that through the Fond du Lac Area Foundation.

The “Legacy Awards” for the evening were presented to Harold & Zoe Barfknecht and Cops for Kids.  They were recognized for their significant philanthropic contributions that they have made to help improve the quality of life in our community.

This year’s event concluded with a special award.  A name was drawn from everyone in attendance and the winner received a $500 grant to donate to the local charity of his or her choice.  Scott Brutosky was the lucky winner this year.  The Fond du Lac Area Foundation continually strives to further charitable giving and philanthropy in our community.

The Fond du Lac Area Foundation was established with a contribution of $53,000 from the disbanded Fond du Lac Children’s Home in 1975.  In 2013, 38 years later, community members have established over 280 funds and one supporting organization, the Sophia Foundation, Inc., with a combined market value of more than $25,000,000.  Each of those funds represent a unique charitable interest, including support for scholarships, churches, youth activities, the arts, the needy, the environment, etc.  Those endowment funds are now generating more than $800,000 each year that is being returned to the community in the form of charitable grants and scholarships.  If you would like more information on the Fond du Lac Area Foundation please contact us at (920) 921-2215.  Or see us at

In photo above: Fond du Lac Area Foundation Executive Director Sandi Roehrig, Legacy Award Recipients Harold & Zoe Barfknecht, and Foundation Board President Tom Herre.

Fond du Lac Area Foundation Board President Tom Herre, Fond du Lac Area Foundation & Cops for Kids Board Member Jack Twohig, Chief Bill Lamb, Lt. Tina Braun, Officer Steve Olson, Cops for Kids Board President Jennifer Walters, Trudi Marquardt, and Vikki Sadoff