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Foundation's maze fundraiser helps families pay heat bill
Foundation's maze fundraiser helps families pay heat bill

Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund hosted its fourth consecutive A-Maizing Charity Corn Maze this fall to help keep the heat and power on in households all over the state.

 As a nonprofit statewide organization, KWWCF has worked since 1996 to help struggling households meet basic needs like energy costs. The charity corn maze has turned into an annual event that helps raise community awareness, and to tame the energy crisis affecting many Wisconsin households.

The idea to create an urban corn maze was proposed by Deb Archer, president and CEO of the Greater Madison Visitors and Convention Bureau. Archer saw an opportunity and with the help of Scott Skelly, the designer and cutter of the maze, and a partnership with the Gialamas Company, the owner of the field, the charity corn maze has continued to grow and promote KWWCF’s mission.


Located at 1262 John Q. Hammons Drive, the 2013 corn maze attracted a variety of people and groups from Sept. 19 to Nov. 3. A group of 13-year-old girls completed the three-mile-long maze in a record 19 minutes, according to a KWWCF staff member.

The maze also attracted the philanthropic eyes of some University of Wisconsin-Madison students. Alpha Kappa Psi, a coed, professional business fraternity at UW-Madison, volunteered at the corn maze by picking up trash and debris on Oct. 17.

Although the 2013 corn maze was centered in Madison, KWWCF has established an extensive network of voluntary agencies to ensure that funds assist as many Wisconsin households in need as possible. KWWCF has contacts in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties and tribes, KWWCF’s Marketing and Events Coordinator Angela Flickinger said.

She said the foundation targets its charitable dollars toward households that include an elderly person, working families with small children, veterans and those struggling with disabilities.

At KWWCF, 95 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to charity, which translates into $2.5 million and 8,000 households that KWWCF helps each year.

“We are still calculating the proceeds from this year's corn maze,” Flickinger said. However, on Oct. 19, KWWCF raised $3,200 in one day at the maze. That amount of money will help 12 households, Flickinger said.

KWWCF also hosts a charity golf outing every year in addition to participating in various community events.

For more information visit KWWCF’s website at http://www.kwwf.org.

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