7th Annual Taste of Fennimore Announce Top Vote Getters
The 7th Annual Taste of Fennimore brought together 26 area businesses to showcase a wide variety of food and beverages. More than 400 ticket holders receive a ballot to choose which business was their favorites. This year’s votes came in very close in several of the categories.
In fact the “Favorite Eatery” category (which features Fennimore chamber member businesses who offer onsite ding) came in as a tie vote. The two top vote getters was one of Fennimore’s new businesses in 2019; The Lemon Door who served a ham rollup with homemade pickle on a ciabatta roll sandwich. The second tie was The Cottonwood Supper Club and Sports Bar which served up their popular ribs and onion rings.
Top vote getter for “Favorite Food” was Bender’s Foods who served up their signature smoked cheesecurd mac and cheese and smoked BBQ pork bites. The top vote getter in “Favorite Beverage” was Frank Distributor who had a wide assortment of beverages which included samples of new beverages like Blue Moon Light Sky, Saint Archer Gold, Truly Lemonade Seltzer and Pasbt Hard Coffee.
Many people commented on how hard it was to only vote for three businesses as all of the sampling for the event were delicious. The Taste of Fennimore is the chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds are used by the chamber for a wide variety of promotional activities in print, radio, social media and website promotion.
This year members of the 2020 Taste committee pledged the first $500 profit toward the new digital community sign project. The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce has a matching grant challenge out to the community to match up to $7500 of community giving. Currently the sign challenge has received $5,766 from community giving. That leaves just $1,844 left to reach the challenge goal.
All funds for the digital sign challenge is being run through Fennimore Area Foundation and are tax deductible. For additional information check online www.fennimoe.com or contact the Promotions Coordinator Linda Parrish 608-822-3599 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce Announces April 8 Chamber Meeting
FACC will hold their first full membership meeting of the year on Wednesday, April 8. The noon luncheon will be held at Hickory Grove Golf Course, 3 miles north of Fennimore on Hwy 61.
The speaker for the meeting will be Amy Charles, Director of Business & Industry Services at Southwest Tech. Amy’s topic will be “Continuing Education & Professional Development Opportunities at Southwest Tech.” Chamber members and staff are encouraged to attend.
The menu for the lunch includes: salad bar, pulled pork, cheesy potatoes and beverage for $10. With respect for meal planning reservations should be made by Friday, April 3. Please call the chamber office 608-822-3599 or email email@example.com
FACC also welcomes guests to attend who are interested in learning more about all the benefits of chamber membership. There will be time for a once around where businesses can give updates about “what’s happening or NEW” at their business place. Many chamber members tell board members they enjoy and look forward to networking with other successful Fennimore area businesses at meetings and activities.
Fennimore Area Foundation (FAF) Grant Application
The Fennimore Area Foundation is pleased to announce its semi-annual application period for awarding grants in Spring 2020. In making this offering, the Foundation is interested in providing assistance to groups, projects or activities promoting community wellness, services to or facilities for Fennimore’s children or other endeavors falling within its charitable mission. Total funds to be granted will be up to $3,000 to one recipient or divided among any number of recipients. The Fennimore Area Foundation will not fund the following: individual travel expenses or seminars; salaries, wages, benefits or other employee related costs; recurring expenses, except “start-up costs”; operating expenses including staff, rent payments, lease payments, and utilities; participation in capital campaigns or endowment funds; political causes, candidates and lobbying efforts; individuals, including scholarships and personal benefits; debt incurred or purchases made prior to grant award notification.
Because the Foundation is a non-profit organization, grant awards must follow certain guidelines and grants may only be awarded to qualifying non-profit organizations. Applicants receiving awards will be expected to submit a brief report or summary of the completed or on-going project or activity receiving a grant within six months of its receipt. The Foundation sees part of its purpose being an incubator of community-wide participation in making Fennimore a better place to live, work and play. When ideas or visions focused on this goal require nurturing, the Foundation sees itself as a source for assistance to the extent it can assist.
To be considered, applications must be received by the Foundation or postmarked no later than April 15, 2020. Those interested in submitting a grant application are invited to complete the attached form and mail it to the Fennimore Area Foundation (FAF) at P.O. Box 134, Fennimore, WI 53809. Prospective applicants not yet prepared to make a grant request are hereby advised that grant periods are expected to be announced semi-annually. Good luck!
Fennimore Area Foundation (FAF) Board of Directors : Ingeborg Froiland, Samantha Goss, Jenna Govier, Joe Grimme, Lindsay Jackson, Pam Kreul, Jon Miles, JoAnn Wiederholt and Bill Wood.