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  • Kress Foundation Pledges $25,000 Matching Donation to Playground Project

    The George Kress Foundation has approved a $25,000 matching-gift contribution for the Playground Project at Otumba Park in Sturgeon Bay.  Organizers hope this matching donation will bring the total raised to $275,000 and move the project closer to the total cost of approximately $400,000. This past spring, with the help of the community, the Playground […]

  • Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser

    The Door County Chapter of the Christ Child Society is hosting a luncheon and fashion show presented by Bargains Unlimited on Aug. 3, 11:30 am, at The Log Den, 6626 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor. Proceeds from the cost of $40 per person will benefit infants and children in need. Hear about the luncheon selection and […]

  • St. Luke’s Donates $2,000 to Local Organizations

    Six area human-services organizations were among the beneficiaries this month of support from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay. The Door of Life Food Pantry, which partners with St. Luke’s to provide food for local people who struggle to afford it, received $1,000 in Piggly Wiggly gift cards to support its work.  St. Luke’s […]

  • More than $25,000 to be Awarded at 100+WWC Meeting

    The next quarterly giving event of the 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) Door County giving circle will be held July 18, 6:30-7:30 pm, in person at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, 7840 Church St. in Egg Harbor, and via livestream. The registration and social time will begin at 5:30 pm.  More than $25,000 will […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Enriching Ourselves through Giving

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation The whole business model of banking is that when you send money out, you’re supposed to bring even more money back in. A loss is precisely what the banker is trying to avoid. Thus, it’s a bit ironic that the Door County Community Foundation has […]

  • Herlaches Named Philanthropists of the Year

    Tom and Jill Herlache were honored June 21 as the 2022 Philanthropists of the Year during the Door County Community Foundation’s Celebration of Giving ceremony. Tom Herlache, former CEO of Baylake Bank, was one of the founders – in 1999 – of the very organization that honored him and his wife on Tuesday.  “It’s an inspiration to […]

  • Realtors Raise $6,221 for Farm for Vets

    The Door County Board of Realtors recently organized a fundraiser for the Door County Farm for Vets organization at the Red Putter mini-golf course, where the realtors and affiliates putted their way to raising $6,221. The Door County Board of Realtors received assistance from local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American […]

  • DCA’s Play It Forward Raises More than $8k

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) presented its annual Play It Forward event June 12 at a new location: Stabbur Beer Garden. The donations made during this concert by Door County musicians who contribute their time and talent to a worthy cause went to Alice Mattson, a young Door County resident who’s fighting leukemia. Attendees donated $3,455 […]

  • Tom and Jill Herlache honored as Philanthropists of the Year for a lifetime of giving back

    Anything that turns a country’s economy topsy-turvy – a recession, depression or seemingly endless pandemic – can be counted on to disrupt giving to charitable organizations. But Bret Bicoy, who has headed the Door County Community Foundation since 2008, said 2021 was its best year ever, with more than $15 million in giving, including between […]

  • Top Of The Hill Shops Raise Funds for Door CANcer

    The Top of the Hill Shops will host their second annual Parking Lot Party on July 1 to raise money for families that are directly and indirectly affected by cancer. Last year, the party raised more than $13,500 for DOOR CANcer.  Enjoy a summer night with live entertainment that brings people together to celebrate life. […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: We Can All Be Philanthropists

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation, [email protected] Several decades ago, in a community far away from our beloved Door County, I was involved in raising money to renovate a local neighborhood center.  I was giving a tour to one of that community’s great philanthropists when an elderly woman came up to […]

  • A Broadening Vision for The Ridges

    Nature preserve buys Ridges Inn, embarks on master plan The purchase of 1.99 easy-to-miss acres may not appear to be a monumental moment for a 1,600-acre, 85 year-old nonprofit. But that’s how Andy Gill, executive director of The Ridges Sanctuary, describes the purchase of the Ridges Inn & Suites “a monumental moment in the history […]

  • PODCAST: Fire Chief Chris Hecht On Expanding Access to Defibrillators

    Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen answer Door County’s most asked question: Are They Bloomin’ Yet? Also, quick access to defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death, something Sister Bay/ Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht has witnessed first-hand. He joins Myles Dannhausen Jr. on the podcast to talk about the Defibs4DoorCounty effort to […]

  • Stone’s Throw Winery Marks 25 Years with Donation

    Russell and Lisa Turco, owners of Stone’s Throw Winery, are donating $25,000 to the Wisconsin Humane Society – Door County and Green Bay Campuses – in honor of the winery’s 25th year in business.  Stone’s Throw Winery has taken pride in being a supportive business in the community since 1997 and is looking forward to […]

  • Kanes Keep YMCA Project on Track with $2 Million Donation

    The Door County YMCA is excited to announce a very generous gift of $2 million from Jackie and Steve Kane.  Having made a previous commitment to this project, Jackie and Steve were saddened to hear that due to increased material costs, the project timeline needed to be adjusted. They felt strongly about keeping the project […]

  • Jimmy John’s Fundraiser Benefits Neighbor to Neighbor

    Jimmy John’s of Sturgeon Bay recently hosted a fundraiser to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor and raised $300 through donating $1 per sandwich sold on a specific date.  Neighbor to Neighbor is a local nonprofit that provides short-term medical-equipment loans, peer companions for homebound individuals, respite for family caregivers and the Lemonade Club cancer-survivor and patient-support […]

  • 100+WWC Awards $25,500 in April

    The 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) of Door County giving circle awarded grants to three local nonprofits in April, for a total of $25,500. During its four years, the giving circle has grown to 360 givers and has awarded more than $295,500 to 38 nonprofit organizations. Unity Hospice received the 100+WWC main gift of approximately […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Making $12 Billion Worth More Than $12 Billion

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation Even if you don’t follow the trends in the philanthropic world as obsessively as I do, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about MacKenzie Scott, who has been giving to charity from her Amazon.com wealth at a record pace. Three years ago, she signed the […]

  • Cookout Fundraiser for Baileys Harbor Fire & Rescue

    Join Baileys Harbor Fire & Rescue for a drive-through cookout fundraiser April 23, 11 am – 2 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Fire Station, sponsored by Buttercups Coffee.  Visitors should enter from the east side of the building, place their order, pull through the station and be served windowside. For $7, diners will receive their choice […]

  • Mirrorball Raises Funds for Kendall Park

    Mirrorball’s first official event April 15-16 raised $1,500 for the Kendall Park improvement initiative. The money was raised the first night when the audience and drag queens played The Match Game, and $10 donations – or more – were taken at the door. The 116 attendees raised the $1,500. More than 500 people attended the […]