The Sprout For Kids Foundation was founded in 2013 by Pearl Street Brewery and ON3 Print and Design owners Joe Katchever and Tami Plourde for the sole purpose of raising money to funnel into the La Crosse area community. The Sprout for Kids Foundation is a federally listed 501(c)3 non-profit that accepts tax-free donations. By donating their time and their products, both businesses have managed to keep the non-profit at zero percent overhead, meaning that every dollar raised goes directly to the community. Sprout for Kids Foundation has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into our community.
Joe Katchever, owner of Pearl Street Brewery and co-founder of Sprout for Kids Foundation says, “In the spirit of giving, we donate our time, energy and staff to make sure the Sprout for Kids Foundation has no overhead so 100% of people’s donations go directly to the cause. Katchever goes on to say, “When people buy Pearl Street beer or choose On Three Printing for their printing or design needs, they help to put money into the La Crosse area community.”
The Sprout for Kids Foundation gets a majority of its funding through the sale of Pearl Street Brewery beer and on and off-site events; and through the graphic design and printing work done by On Three Printing and Design, a local printshop. The Foundation also accepts cash donations.
“We live here, we raise our kids here and we have always felt strongly about making positive changes within our own community. Since 1999, when I first founded the brewery, we have made beer donations and done fundraisers for people that need help,” says Katchever, “we finally founded the non-profit in 2013 so donations could be considered tax-exempt and more money would go to fulfill the actual need.”
In the pandemic year of 2020, the Sprout for Kids Foundation started the “La Crosse Bar and Restaurant Relief Fund” which resulted in cash grants for seven local bars and restaurants that would have otherwise closed down during the pandemic.
Katchever and Plourde will be presenting a check to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse “L-Club” during the UWL gymnastics meet vs Winona State at Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse – at the University of Wisconsin Friday, February 16, 2024 6:30. The L-Club makes an invaluable difference to more than 500 student-athletes.
For more information on the Sprout for Kids Foundation, call Tami Plourde at 608.784-4832 Option 306
What: Check Presentation UW-La Crosse “L-Club”
When: Friday, February 16, 2024 6:30 PM
Where: Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse – University of Wisconsin …1820 Pine St, La Crosse, WI 54601
About Pearl Street Brewery
For 25 years, Pearl Street Brewery has crafted award-winning beers in La Crosse, WI. Their renowned brews grace restaurants, bars, and retailers across Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. The Tasting Room welcomes visitors from Tuesday through Sunday. Since its inception in 1999, the brewery actively engages in local charity work and hosts numerous community events.