Mission StatementThrough the memory of Mark Andrew Kreusch, our mission is to enrich the lives of children by investing in programs, facilities and services that provide children the opportunities and resources to grow, learn and play in a safe and healthy environment.
Mark's StoryThe Mark Andrew Kreusch Memorial Fund was founded by his family to honor Mark's life and spirit. Mark was four years old when his life suddenly ended in a boating accident on August 11, 2007. Mark loved his family, his friends, and embraced life by enjoying all that he did. His zest for life shined through his smile and giggle. Mark's parents vowed to keep his spirit alive by enriching the lives of other children. His family and friends will miss him dearly. Their dream is to continue his legacy. Through various projects the fund will "Leave a MARK on a child's life".
Dear Friends of the MAK Fund
Life is full of surprises. Some are good, like a surprise birthday party! Unfortunately, some are tragic. Either way, we are not prepared for them. It is how we react to these surprises in life that is important. We could never have imagined how our lives would change the day of Mark's accident in August 2007. But each day, each year, with the help of so many people, we are continuing to live full and meaningful lives. And to this day, we continue to be surprised with the continued support of the Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund by so many people.
There is a phrase we often use when talking about Mark's Memorial Fund. It has brought so much good to our community that we say it is a "Silver Lining" of Mark's death. We have been fortunate to discover many silver linings through this fund. We see the good in people through their support of us and of the organizations that receive our grants. By the end of 2015, Mark's fund will have given grants to about 20 local organizations. The number of children who are benefiting from this is immeasurable. We are in awe of this! It is so much more than we ever imagined.
The past few years have been full of success! We hosted a thank you party for our donors in August 2013. It was a great evening of celebrating our contributors and learning more about our grant recipients. That summer, our Ambassadors held the first Miles for Mark 5K, an incredible family event that has raised more than $15,000 over hte past three years. In 2014, the MAKATHON 100 Holes of Golf fundraiser returned. Thank you to not only the golfers but to Liz and Bill Anderson for their endless hours of planning this event, which raised more than $100,000! The MAK Baseball Tournament was held in May of 2014 and 2015 - exciting events for our young baseball players. We were also pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from Incarnation school informing us that their new Preschool and Kindergarten classes chose Mark's fund as the recipient of their Catholic Schools week mission. We were thrilled to have been selected!
As you read this update, we hope you will pleasantly surprised with all that the Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund has accomplished. We could not provide grants to all these organizations without your support. THANK YOU for your generosity!
God Bless You,
Jon and Suzie Kruesch
The Mark A. Kreusch Advisory CommitteeAn advisory committee meets semi-annually to discuss and plan the fundraisers and projects for the Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund. The committee is always open to new ideas for fundraising as well as information on the needs of the children in our community. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform the committee of any fundraising or project ideas. We welcome your input!
Bill & Liz Anderson, Tony & Jennifer Argue, Mike & Jenny Brush, Chris & Sarah Cerar, Pete & Sherri Cerar, Scott & Tara Kaskocsak, Brad & Jennifer Midtlien, Jay & Susan Schwieterman
Ambassador ProgramThe Ambassador Program includes students from area high schools who support the Mark Kreusch Memorial Fund by volunteering at MAK events and developing fundraising events. This will provide these teenagers with the foundation needed to continue to support their community as they graduate from high school and become adults. All of their activities are created, developed and carried out by themselves. Our goal is to teach these young adults how it feels to give back to the community.