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Major donations to Jeffers Park Development Fund!


The Jeffers Park Development Project received a major boost with the announcement of significant donations to its fund at the Eau Claire Community Foundation. The fund has now rocketed past the halfway point to its $350,000 goal thanks to the very generous gifts from Larry Reit, who donated $100,000, and Steve Kristo, who donated $25,000.

The Project's mission is to plan and construct a five field baseball and softball complex, along with other public park amenities like a playground and trails, in Eau Claire's Jeffers Park neighborhood. It represents a collaboration between two youth sports leagues-the Eau Claire National Little League and Eau Claire Fastpitch-and the City of Eau Claire. The ball field complex would be the first joint boy and girl ball fields in Eau Claire and would expand young players' currently limited access to ball fields.

Larry Reit, President of May's Floral Greenhouse, is giving his $100,000 gift in celebration of his business's 40th anniversary. "This property has been in our backyard for 40 years and is being developed into one of the area's premier sports complexes," he said. "We value our community and the economic impact this will bring to Eau Claire…We decided to be a part of this fantastic addition to the west side." His family--children Josh and his wife Stacy, Brenda and her husband Brian, and Angie, as well as grandchildren Maddy, Morgan, Cassie, Katie, Libby, Ellie, Nolan and Avery--join Larry and his wife Jenny in feeling honored to give back to their community. 

The gift from Steve Kristo of Kristo Orthodontic Specialists in Eau Claire is part of his tradition of philanthropy. Stephen Nick, who is the Jeffers Park Development Project's president, says, "It is again a pleasure to thank Steve Kristo for his generous support of youth facilities and programing in Eau Claire.  He was a vital early supporter of the Eau Claire Children's Museum when I was involved with that project, and here he is again coming through with a leading gift that I am confident will be followed by further generous donations to enable this park to open next year.  Thanks to Steve, his family, and business staff for this donation and his support of the Jeffers Park Development Project." 

Royal Construction will augment this already considerable generosity with in-kind donations of time, labor, and materials. Jeffers Park Committee Co-Chair Jodi Thesing-Ritter noted, "I would very much like to credit Royal Construction. Tim and his staff have been working very hard for us!"

Other businesses are joining Royal Construction in generously providing in-kind donations. The Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Association is contributing time, labor, and material to the Project.  Haas Sons, Inc. is providing excavation work, and Lien JA & Associates is donating architectural design assistance.  


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2015 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations

DoCLL Black Hands Logo you know someone who has made a positive and long-lasting contribution to the lives of children in the Chippewa Valley through innovative work, leadership, or philanthropy? 

The Children's Legacy Luncheon Nomination Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards. Tell us about someone who works directly on behalf of children or youth in the Chippewa Valley, making it a better place for our youngest community members. 

Please click the link below if you would like to download a nomination form. If you would like more information about the nomination process, volunteer opportunities, or sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail the Eau Claire Community Foundation at or call us at (715) 552-3801.

Click here to nominate a possible honoree for the 2015 Children's Legacy Luncheon!

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