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The LaFave Family Fund

2022 Grants from the LaFave Family Fund

In January 2022, the Foundation awarded the following nine grants from the LaFave Family Fund:

    Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support the My Life Vision Board photography program.

    Faith, Hope and Love to support Duffels for Kids provided to and distributed by first responders, foster care, homeless and domestic abuse shelters, schools and hospitals.

    Fifth House Ensemble to support the 2022 Fresh Inc Festival (held at UW-Parkside) and the festival’s Fresh Voices scholarship program for under-represented artists.

    Fleeing Artists Theatre to support the production of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” which will enable several area students to attend free of charge.

    Kenosha Achievement Center to support the purchase of equipment and supplies for Kenosha Awesome Cookies Employment Training Storefront Project.

    Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Family Literacy Nights.

    Kenosha Opera Festival to support its fellowship program.

    Kenosha Public Museums Foundation to support the expansion of Wisconsin Native American Exhibit that discusses the 13 tribes in the State.

    Kenosha YMCA to support its “Miracle League” for disabled children.


Focus of Grants from the LaFave Family Fund
Grant funding from the LaFave Family Fund supports organizations that further education – particularly to promoting the humanities, the arts, tolerance, and communication.

About the Fund
Susann LaFave was a Bradford High School English teacher for over 35 years devoted to serving her students. Her interests included the arts (including which included acting in local productions) and traveling the world.

Following her passing in January 2009, her estate established the LaFave Family Fund with the Kenosha Community Foundation. In establishing her trust, Ms. LaFave explained:

“In my capacity as a high school English teacher in the Kenosha public schools, I devoted my life to education, particularly to promoting humanities, the arts, tolerance and communication…income (from the Funds) shall be used to further these purposes, in perpetuity, including, in particular, teaching and benefiting those who would promote a sense of tolerance and who would seek to end man’s inhumanity to man.”

In addition to establishing an annual scholarship at her alma mater – Marquette University, income from the LaFave Family Funds provides grants to organizations that promote the interests and values that Ms. LaFave held.