More than $100,000 was presented to 20 nonprofit groups that volunteered at food tents at the 2017 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, it was announced.
In July, Kewaunee County and Ebert Enterprises hosted the annual event for the first time in county history. More than 1,900 volunteers participated, helping feed more than 26,000 visitors.
Funds totaling $100,913 were distributed to the following 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. Isidore 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.
The donations amounted to nearly 20 percent more than was initially projected. The Kewaunee County Executive Committee indicated that a major reason for that success was a large donation of beef from the Ebert family. More than 12,500 burgers were served at the event.
“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,” host and farm owner Randy Ebert said. “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.”