As the one year anniversary of The Randy Schopen Foundation, JCF approaches it is a good time to give everyone an update on how The Randy Schopen Foundation, JCF is continuing Randy’s legacy by helping others, supporting our communities and giving people a chance. The foundation is pleased to announce that as of right now the foundation has granted $16,649.27 and the foundation is still accepting applications.  Here is a recap of the grant recipients for the last year.  None of this would have been possible without the hard work and generosity of all of you!  Thank you!

2012 Grant Recipients

Jefferson County Dairy Breakfast


$500 was granted to The Jefferson County Dairy Breakfast.  Each year, the Dairy Breakfast raises money for scholarships and grants. Past recipients include students going to college or technical education, the Jefferson County Dairy Youth Fund, improvements to the Fair Park, and local 4-H groups.

Operation Celebrate Freedom

$500 was granted to Operation Celebrate Freedom.  Operation Celebrate Freedom raises money for local veterans services, and The Fischer House of Wisconsin.   The Fisher House is a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families so they can be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.  Randy Schopen was a founding member of Operation Celebrate Freedom.

Family Promise of Jefferson County

$500 was granted to Family Promise of Jefferson County.  Family Promise, is a non-profit network affiliate of the National Family Promise and an agency of United Way, that helps families with children transition out of their homeless situation and is the only shelter program in southern Jefferson County.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation

$3,350 was granted to the Wisconsin 4-H foundation.  The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation provides essential funding for 4-H programs throughout Wisconsin.  The foundation funding helps 4-H create cutting-edge, relevant programs for young people to learn real-world skills that will prepare them for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Jefferson County Meat Animal Project Auction

$799.27 was granted to the Jefferson County Meat Animal Project Auction.   The Jefferson County Meat Animal Project teaches youth real world skills through practical hands on training in the area of livestock production.

Tomorrow’s Hope

$10,000 was granted to Tomorrow’s Hope.  The mission of Tomorrow’s Hope is to foster health related research, education and support activities that have a direct impact on individuals in our health care service area touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, seizure disorder and other life-limiting illnesses.  Randy was a founding member of Tomorrow’s Hope, and gave countless hours and resources to Tomorrow’s Hope over the years.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

$500 was granted to the Madison Chapter of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation supports research for Cystic Fibrosis, and works to educate the public about Cystic Fibrosis.  30,000 American’s have Cystic Fibrosis, including 3 children in the Topel family of Jefferson.  Thanks to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation a cure may become a reality in the lifetime of the Topel children.

Wisconsin Dream Center

$500 was granted to the Wisconsin Dream Center.  The funds will be used to create a Station of Hope “Hand Up Huber Fund” that enables men and women who are incarcerated, in Jefferson County, to either maintain their jobs or secure employment. One of the key contributors to re-offending is lack of employment. By creating a way for individuals to maintain or secure employment while incarcerated, the Wisconsin Dream Center helps to address the issues of recidivism.

Thank You!

None of this would be possible without the hard work and generosity of everyone.  Thank you! Together we are continuing Randy’s legacy of helping other and giving someone a chance!  I know Randy would be amazed at what has been accomplished in the past year.  The Randy Schopen Foundation, JCF is still accepting applications for grants.