Photo: left to right, Brent Frankenhoff and Keith Gorshek
Portage County farmer Keith Groshek has selected the Jensen Community Center to receive a $2,500 donation through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. The Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Bayer employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education, and community development projects.
The mission of the Jensen Community Center is to support Tomorrow River area residents of all ages by providing cultural, social, academic, business, recreational, and health-related activities. Groshek is a local farmer who owns and runs a 1,000 acre dairy farm in Amherst Junction. “We are honored by this gift from Keith who believes in the importance of all that the Jensen Community Center has to offer the Tomorrow River community, said Brent Frankenhoff, Jensen Community Center Executive Director. “The funds have been used to help offset the costs of a new soundboard for our theater.” Many local and statewide programs and events are held at the Jensen Community Center throughout the year, including programs in the 242-seat theater. The Center’s soundboard was showing its age and beginning to fail, including during key performances. “We were able to use the new soundboard this spring for the Amherst High School Musical, Seussical, the Tomorrow River Variety Show, and a Tomorrow River Concert featuring the Madison-based band, Harmonious Wail. Frankenhoff added, “The soundboard is used by employees of the Jensen Community Center and local talented volunteers who are familiar with and trained on using technical sound equipment.”
The Jensen Community Center has been a fixture in the Tomorrow River Community for more than 30 years. The Center has a deep connection to community involvement, providing a space for many local organizations and individuals to hold public and private events. The Jensen Community Center also publishes the Community Spirit, a local, monthly “good news” newspaper. In addition, weekly fitness classes, Portage County Senior Mealsite, youth soccer, free movies, and other events for all ages run throughout the year.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is a program in its 10th year, partnering with farmers to support nonprofit organizations in their communities. “Farmers are one of America’s best resources, which is why we partner with them to direct donations to the organizations they are passionate about and that make a positive impact and a better life in communities,” said Al Mitchell, Vice President Corporate Engagement, Bayer. To learn more about the Jensen Community Center, visit their website at www.lettiejensencenter.org or go to facebook.com/JensenCenter and @jensen.center on Instagram. iority48