Each year ECM Publishers, Inc., parent company to the Caledonia Argus, takes a percentage of its earnings and offers grants to nonprofit organizations serving the newspaper’s readership. This year a total of $5,544 was awarded to local nonprofits, which included: Bluff Country Artist’s Gallery, Camp Winnebago, Friends of the Houston Public Library, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Inc., Houston Community Food Shelf, Houston County Care and Share, Houston County Historical Society, Semcac Senior Nutrition Program, Shooky Fink Memorial Baseball, Caledonia Green and the Caledonia Community Celebrations Balloon Committee. “There were so many wonderful applicants for funds this year, and our staff was touched by each request,” Emily Bialkowski, Argus general manager, said. “We are quite familiar with the uphill battle all nonprofits face as they try to raise funds in a economic climate that is less and less fruitful. We feel the variety of organizations represented in this gift enhance our communities and help our neighbors.” The next round of applications will be announced in the newspaper in the spring of 2014 and require 501(c)(3) status. Pictured from left are representatives from the organizations receiving funds, including: Johnathan Storlie, Deb Betthauser, Val Reinke, Ruth Pongratz, Janelle Kelleher, Liz Gibson-Gasset, Teresa Erickson, Shirley Johnson, Deb Wray and Jill Hahn.
~ Emily Bialkowski