Mercury Marine and the Brunswick Public Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Brunswick Corp., recently announced the results of their initiatives to financially support the Fond du Lac Area United Way.
The organizations presented ceremonial checks in the amounts of $84,707 and $78,000, respectively, to the United Way's chapter in Fond du Lac, the home of Mercury Marine's world headquarters.
The almost $85,000 donation from Mercury Marine comes from a variety of sources including; Mercury Marine employees' 2019 payroll-deduction pledges, the annual fundraising kickball and golf tournaments, and the Dollars for Doers program, to name a few.
In the Dollars for Doers program, the Brunswick Public Foundation applies a formula to assign a dollar value to employees' United Way volunteer efforts and contributes that corresponding dollar amount.
The Brunswick Public Foundation’s additional $78,000 donation is a grant that was part of the foundation's annual giving campaign.
The Foundation also provides grant money to the United Way chapters in Oshkosh, Wisc., and Stillwater, Okla. — both locations where Mercury employees participated in United Way pledge campaigns.
The Fond du Lac United Way provides much-needed assistance to more than 27,000 people each year. Donations support 25 organizations in Fond du Lac County that serve the best interests of children, families and individuals in need, providing health care, educational programs and other services.
"The Fond du Lac Area United Way has been a fantastic partner to our employees and the Fond du Lac community and we will continue to support their initiatives," said Andres Gonzalez, Mercury Marine vice president of human resources. "We are very pleased with the success of our 2018 fundraising initiatives, which have continued to grow over the past few years."