Community State Bank’s 100 Women Who Care - Western Racine County Raises $5,150 to Support Matthias Academy
Community State Bank organized and hosted their third 100 Women Who Care - Western Racine County event on Wednesday, October 4th at 1841 Farms and Vineyard in Burlington, Wisconsin. 100 Women Who Care is a nationwide initiative that provides women with the opportunity to support non-profit organizations that give back to their community.
“This event has really grown into a tradition that community leaders are excited to attend,” said CSB Media and Communications Director, Eloissa Heigl. “We had 55 women join us for our October event. We’re hopeful that our numbers will continue to grow and we invite other members of the community to join us.”
The $5,150 donation is a collection of funds from attendees. Each guest was asked to bring $100 ($50 for 30 or younger) in the form of a check or cash in order to enter the event. Guests were also encouraged to nominate a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves Western Racine County. The group then votes to choose a recipient of the funds.
This year’s chosen recipient was Matthias Academy, a non-profit adult day program in Southeast Wisconsin. The academy serves adults with mild to severe disabilities, specialized medical needs, behaviors, and mild to severe autism. Matthias Academy received several nominations from event attendees.
“We were so excited that Matthias Academy was chosen as one of the three nominations to be presented,” said CSB Retail Manager and event attendee, Shelly Petrick. “Matthias Academy provides hope for local families in Western Racine County and all over Southeast Wisconsin.”
As part of Petrick’s presentation, she introduced the story of Matthias Academy student, Olivia Hansen. Olivia’s mother, Katie Hansen, provided Shelly with a testimonial on their experience with the academy.
“Matthias Academy recently started in 2020 and is currently busting at its seams. They have just purchased 88 acres to expand their program, create a community center, shops, and residential homes for so many who need them,” said Hansen. “The academy has provided a place where our daughter is loved, accepted, and appropriately challenged to be an independent lifelong learner. Having a forever home for Olivia has brought us peace.”
Community State Bank presented the $5,150 donation to Matthias Academy on Friday, October 13th.
“We’re continuing to spread the word about Matthias Academy and the work that we do to serve Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond,” said Matthias Academy Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Pumala. “We’re so grateful for this donation and are happy to say that it will be put towards purchasing an additional vehicle to help transport students from Racine County to our campus.”
Since 100 Women Who Care - Western Racine County began in 2022, the group has raised a total of $14,450 to support non-profit organizations that serve Western Racine County.
Community State Bank plans to continue to host the event bi-annually. The next event is set for Thursday, February 8th, 2024. For more details about 100 Women Who Care - Western Racine County please visit CSB.bank/100wwc.