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Joseph and Kathy Madrigrano to Provide Matching Grant to the Natalie Lee and Shirley Madrigrano Arts Foundation

Kenosha, WI – April 10, 2019 – After matching $67,000 in 2018, Joseph and Kathy Madrigrano have agreed to match up to $75,000 of contributions that are made in 2019 to the Natalie Lee and Shirley Madrigrano Arts Foundation, supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.

In 2016, after the recent passing of both Shirley Madrigrano and Natalie Lee, the Arts Foundation was started at the Club in their honor by their sons Joe Madrigrano and Robert Lee, Jr. The goal of the foundation is to raise enough funds so that the earnings come back to the Club each year in increasing amounts as the Arts Foundation grows. This funding serves to offset program costs. With these funds, the Club hopes to enable more kids to participate in music, dance, photography, traditional art and drama programs.

It costs the Club about $20,000 per year to run arts programming for youth and teens. The goal of the Arts Foundation is to ultimately support the full arts budget. In 2018, with the help of the Madrigrano and Lee families, the fund generated $2,500 to support the arts programs at the Club.

Last month, several pieces of art done by Troha Youth Center members were entered into the Boys & Girls Club of America National Arts Contest. Youth Center Art Teacher, Julia Schiller, selected over 40 pieces of art to be displayed, and had local artists come to the Club to serve as the judges. Kenosha/New York based artist, Marc Travanti and Kenosha Creative Space Executive Director, Francisco Loyola selected the winners and final pieces to be submitted in the contest. Winners chosen at the national level are then displayed in the national headquarters art gallery for one year.

Those who are interested in contributing to the Natalie Lee and Shirley Madrigrano Arts Foundation can mail a check to the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha (1330 52nd St., Kenosha, WI 53140) and specify Arts Fund in the memo. For more information, contact Jake McGhee at JMcGhee@bgckenosha.org.

The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most, and their great futures ahead. Visit www.BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.