by Grant Cousineau
On Wednesday, December 4, the Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded a record $1 million in grants to aid 192 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin. This year, we at the UntitledTown Book and Author Festival were honored to be chosen as one of those recipients.
The recipient groups were guests at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium, which honored the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations. Last year, $800,000 was given to 230 organizations working in areas of arts culture, athletics, and education causes. In 2019, the Packers Foundation has chosen to direct funds for community endeavors related to animal welfare, civic and community, environmental, and health and wellness matters, including drug/alcohol and domestic violence.
These focuses align with UntitledTown’s vision for 2020 where we’re giving a voice to two underrepresented populations of Northeast Wisconsin: victims of domestic violence and Latinx people of the Great Lakes. Next year’s headliners will be announced on Wednesday, December 18th at the all-new Lion’s Mouth Bookstore on Washington St. from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Keep an eye out for a blog announcement, as well.)
Each year, UntitledTown hosts over a hundred of free, accessible, and inclusive events, such as readings, panels, writing workshops, talks, and other experiences hosted by both legendary talents like Margaret Atwood, R. L. Stine, and Roxanne Gay, and Wisconsin writers like Michael Perry, Nickolas Butler, and Miranda Paul. While this money will go a long way to enhance the UntitledTown experience for everyone and attract even bigger talent, we still depend largely on donations from organizations and local businesses.
As of Tuesday, December 3, we’ve kicked off our month-long fundraiser to help make 2020 our best year yet! If you’d like to help support this important festival, please click here anytime this month to donate — every dollar counts!