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Marathon City 2020 Ltd. announces “Fill the Cup” Fundraising Campaign to benefit Heritage Center

Marathon City 2020 Ltd. has been making great things happen in the Village of Marathon since 2015. This year, the volunteer-run organization has established a fundraising campaign to ensure their community-enhancement initiatives will continue. Their “Fill the Cup” fundraising campaign kicked off in February and runs through May 31, 2024. Donations can be made online by clicking the links below or mailing checks payable to MC2020 Ltd. to PO Box 423, Marathon WI 54448, or dropping off payments in person at Peoples State Bank in Marathon.

Fill the Cup Campaign 2024

Marathon City 2020, Ltd. is hoping to raise $10,000 in donations to pay for ongoing and ever-increasing expenses needed to operate and maintain the Marathon City Heritage Center. The center’s expenses run approximately $400 per month for general maintenance, insurance, utility fees, and necessary supplies and artifact storage systems. The organization also needs cash reserves to replace aging equipment and make non-urgent but appropriate upgrades to the facility.

Marathon City 2020 Ltd. (MC2020) oversees all property maintenance and operates the Heritage Center, taking no administrative salaries and donating volunteer time and resources whenever possible. However, without a steady and reliable income source for the center, committee members established a fundraising goal and are asking for community support.

Through the Heritage Center, MC2020 preserves and promotes the Village of Marathon’s long, storied history. The organization also hosts many community events and initiatives, including:

  • Free performances each summer during Main Street Music Series
  • Fresh flowers and vegetables shared from the Heritage Center Park planters
  • Outdoor pocket park with picnic tables, seating, shade, and raised stage
  • Main Street beautification efforts with planted flowers and street banners
  • Rental opportunities for private parties, class reunions, and more
  • Experiences tied to community events

According to MC2020 President, Edee Zuleger, donations from supporters make all this possible. “Heritage Center artifacts bring the history of our community to all who visit but it is so much more than that. It provides a place to gather and enjoy all that Marathon City is and sparks ideas of how to grow for the future. Your donation of time or money ensures the heritage center will continue to be a productive asset in our community.” 

About Marathon City 2020 Ltd.:

Marathon City 2020 Ltd. is a community-based, non-profit organization comprised of business owners, community leaders and residents who are genuinely interested in seeing our community grow and remain a thriving place to live and do business for many generations.  Marathon City 2020 Ltd. is proud to sponsor the Marathon City Heritage Center, Heritage Center Park  and Main Street beautification efforts. We ensure that every dollar contributed goes directly to make a positive and lasting impact within our community.

Additional Marathon City 2020 Ltd. accomplishments to date:
– Worked with a professional branding agency to develop and execute a comprehensive long-term place branding strategy for the Village of Marathon City.
– Assisted the Village Board to complete and fund the application process for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Connect Communities Program to support the focus on downtown redevelopment.
– Developed and implemented a comprehensive community survey in the summer of 2013 to gauge trends in attitudes and behaviors of residents of Marathon, surrounding communities and interested non-residents. Nearly 631 surveys were submitted.
– Oversee Main Street beautification efforts including the purchase of business district flags, American Flags and brackets, planters with flowers, and weed control efforts.
– Acquired the former Peoples State Bank branch building at the corner of First and Main streets in Marathon as the permanent location for the Heritage Center.
– Transformed the worn-out parking lot and abandoned bank drive-thru into an inviting “pocket park” with a covered stage, raised planting beds and built-in seating.
– Host of annual Main Street Music Series during summer months that brings local musicians to the community for free entertainment.

Monetary Contributions:

Marathon City 2020 Ltd. is officially recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a nonprofit, public benefit corporation and has been granted 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status. Marathon City 2020 Ltd is eligible to accept tax-deductible charitable contributions and gifts, and donors can deduct contributions made under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 170. (TIN: 47-5638829).  Donations can be made by check payable to: Marathon City 2020 Ltd. (MC2020 Ltd), mailing address: PO Box 423, Marathon, WI 54448. Checks may also be submitted to the Heritage Center or Marathon Village Hall during regular hours. Thank you for your support!

Marathon City 2020 Ltd. Board Members:

Edee Zuleger – President
Jane Ritger – Vice President
Jenese Karlen – Treasurer
Cheryl Kijak –  Secretary
Hayley Cramer
Rebecca Sonnentag
Anna Chilsen Straub
Joe Straub
Barb Krautkramer

Contact Marathon City 2020 Ltd.

Mailing address: PO Box 423, Marathon, WI 54448

If you have questions, ideas, or interest in joining Marathon City 2020 Ltd. or contributing to our efforts, please email info@marathoncity2020.com

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