Fundraising is not new to the agents at First Weber Mauston. For years, they have been raising funds for the Mauston Food Pantry/Community Sharing Pantry by collecting donations during the live performances held by the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train event, known throughout the region for helping food pantries along its route.
Over the past two years, though, the CoVid Pandemic forced a change - but not the desire to help. This year the FW Mauston agents, led by Liz Walker, added a new twist: a radio-thon with local station WRJC. Liz said she thought they might raise about $7,000, but she was overwhelmed by how far they exceeded that goal!
Bolstered by a $2,500 match from the First Weber Foundation and a matching gift from a local donor, the Mauston agents raised $24,308.67!
Liz said, "The Radio-thon was actually more effective for pledges, as we hit people in the early morning rush hour, and they could call or text in their donations." Liz and the other Mauston agents are proud of what they accomplished for their community, and Liz added, "Kathy, Angela, Sam and I had a lot of fun talking on the radio: WRJC was a great partner!" A great partner, indeed!
Congratulations to Mauston on a very successful event, and thank you for using the Foundation to make a difference in your community!
Nancy K Smith is the Executive Director of the First Weber Foundation. Smith is a 21-year member of the First Weber team, having served as an agent and branch office manager for the Southwest Wisconsin offices prior to accepting her current position. She graduated from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and is a long-time Wisconsin resident.
The First Weber Foundation is the charitable arm of First Weber Inc. Incorporated in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to expand First Weber's commitment to strengthen our communities through charitable contributions and volunteer leadership, The Foundation has raised more than $3.5 million dollars and donated to more than 975 non-profit agencies.