Ozaukee County, WI, April 15, 2013 – Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation is delighted to announce that Jim Kacmarcik, president of Kapco Inc. in Grafton, WI, has been selected as the 2013 Doerr Tradition of Caring Award winner.
Jim is a visionary community leader who understands that there is no single greater reward than giving back to the community, which is why he and Kapco have been known for their philanthropic efforts and charitable events for many years.
Since 2001, Jim has been a loyal supporter of Columbia St. Mary’s, especially its efforts in Ozaukee County. When Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee was undergoing an expansion in 2001, Jim contributed $100,000 to that effort. To honor his gift, the Kacmarcik Family Education Center was named. Jim has also been a dedicated supporter of the annual Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation Gala, which raises money for a variety of vital hospital programs.
But Jim’s philanthropic efforts in Ozaukee County extend far beyond just Columbia St. Mary’s. Through Kapco Blue, Kapco Inc.’s dedicated philanthropic program, Jim is involved with many charitable initiatives, including the MACC Fund, the Washington County Dive Team, Cedarburg’s Junior Women’s Club, Kids2Kids Christmas, Kapco Kids Day at Summerfest, the Grand Slam Charity Jam, the Kapco Charitable Challenge, One Heartland, Hometown Heroes and Home Court Heroes. These endeavors touch the lives of tens of thousands of people every year.
Kapco was also a major contributor to the development of Kapco Park at Concordia University, where the Lakeshore Chinooks (of which Jim is a majority owner, along with Robin Yount and Bob Uecker) play baseball. In 2011, Jim led the effort to renovate a Grafton woman’s home to make it more accessible for her and her three children. Jim was instrumental in attracting dozens of businesses and more than 1,000 volunteers to help. Currently, Jim is spearheading Camp Hometown Heroes, an effort to send the children of fallen U.S. service members to a week at Camp Matawa in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest.
“For Kapco, there is no single greater reward than giving back to the community that has embraced our business for so many years,” said Jim. “That's why we feel both privileged and honored to do all we can for the people of our community.”
Additionally, Kapco Inc., a prominent, family-owned metal fabricating and stamping company, has been a prominent employer in Ozaukee County since it first opened in 1972. Employing nearly 400 people at four Ozaukee locations (as well as many more throughout southeastern Wisconsin), Kapco Inc. is well-regarded as a nurturing and rewarding place to work and has been a recipient of a Fastest Growing Firms Award by The Milwaukee Business Journal the past two years.
“Jim’s philanthropic efforts and selflessness are second to none and make him a natural recipient of this award,” said Lisa A. Froemming, President and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation. “Jim’s enthusiasm for and commitment to Ozaukee County epitomize the spirit of the Doerr Tradition of Caring Award.”
Daniel and Christopher Doerr initiated the Doerr Tradition of Caring Award in 2002 to honor those who share their passion for the Ozaukee community and best exemplify leadership, commitment to service and an unwavering philanthropic spirit. Jim is the 17th person honored with this award.
Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation will present Jim with this award at the Tradition of Caring Celebration on Wednesday, June 5th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the River Club of Mequon (12400 N. Ville Du Parc Dr.).
For more information about the Doerr Tradition of Caring Award and Celebration, please contact Karla Schultz at (414) 270-4910.