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Watertown Area Community Foundation adds 4 directors

April 27, 2019 GMT

Four new people have joined the board of directors of the Watertown Area Community Foundation.

The four are Susanne Bradow, Amy Buchholtz, Sandra Budewitz and Bill Oswald.

The new directors will join Tom Schultz, president; Jim Clifford, vice president; Mike Hoppenrath, treasurer; Sue Rhodes, secretary; and directors, Debbie Fischer, Tom Levi and Dave Pederson on the board.

Oswald is a partner with the Oswald Konz Financial Group which has been operating in downtown Watertown for 22 years now. He is also a past president of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Watertown Rotary Club, a member of the board of directors of Marquardt Village; and the board of directors of the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation.

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Budewitz has owned and operated Sandra D’s Bridal Boutique in downtown Watertown for 30 years. She has been active in the Main Street program where she has served as a board member, committee member and a volunteer. She has also served on the board of directors of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce and its Collaboration Committee.

Bradow and her husband, Paul, came to Watertown in 1996 and opened Bradow Jewelers in downtown Watertown. She has been active as a volunteer for the Watertown Main Street program, serving on the promotions committee, has served on the board of directors of the Watertown Area YMCA Board of Managers and the Watertown Tennis Association Board. She also volunteers for several high school organizations, including the Parent Music Club and the Athletic Boosters Club.

Buchholtz is a real estate investor and property manager, owner and instructor of Pain Night WI, fine artist-painting and a graphic designer for websites and marketing.

She is a member of the Watertown Arts Council and River Valley Alliance Church.

Tom Schultz, president of the foundation, said, “We are excited to have these four people added to our board. They bring expertise and knowledge in a variety of areas and all are deeply committed to the future of Watertown.”

Today the foundation has assets approaching $8 million and expects an additional $2 million in cash to be awarded to it from an estate which is still pending final court approvals. That would push the corpus of the foundation past the $10 million mark.

The community foundation annually awards over $300,000 in scholarships to Watertown High School seniors.

In addition the foundation has actively supported a vast array of projects in the city, both from a financial standpoint and by helping in other ways to make ambitious projects become a reality. The projects the foundation and its board assisted on include the original fundraising effort to construct the Watertown Family Aquatic Center. Other projects included Brandt/Quirk Park, the addition to the Watertown Senior and Community Center, Watertown High School technology center, Rock River Walkway and a host of others.

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The foundation’s board is seeking to increase awareness of the foundation’s work and also the need to secure more funds for not only scholarships but also to increase the general fund so that when major community projects are being planned the foundation can be a catalyst to help make them feasible.

“There are many ways people can give money to the foundation and we want to encourage more people to use the various options available to them for this purpose,” according to Schultz.

Donations through various kinds of estate planning, charitable remainder trusts, donation of appreciated assets, and annual giving are some of the many options available to potential donors.

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