From left, granddaughter Clara Hale, Neal's wife Mary Stippich and Neal present the donation to BDACT president Scott Eberle.  The Stippichs are matching the donation for a total contribution of $5,000. 


Dodge County farmer Neal Stippich has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program from the Monsanto Fund to Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work.

The donation to BDACT will support reconstruction of its recently acquired building, formerly St. Katharine Drexel Elementary School at 117 W. Maple Ave., for a new theater to answer heightened space and accessibility needs.

Scott Eberle, BDACT president said, “We are sincerely grateful to Neal Stippich who made this grant possible, and to the Monsanto Fund that encourages community development with its America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Every donation and pledge moves us closer to the $2.4 million goal, now at about $2.1 million.

Eberle also expressed gratitude to Stippich for matching the grant, making a donation total of $5,000.  Stippich’s pursuit of the funding opportunity, which he discovered on the Monsanto website, was inspired by his granddaughters’ activity in BDACT. For a number of years Stippich and his wife, Mary, have watched their granddaughters Clara, Ashley and Megan Hale participate in Tell-A-Tale and other shows.

Stippich said, “They really enjoy it and it’s a great opportunity for them. We’re happy to know that the new theater will assure a long future of involvement by many more children and adults.”


 Alan Stroschein and Kathy Hoch of Columbus



(r.) Alan Stroschein and Kathy Hoch of Columbus recently made a sizeable donation to the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre building fund in honor of (l.) Roger and Marilyn VanHaren. Their gift completed the second matching grant challenge presented by Oris and Elaine Possin, taking total pledges and donations for the BDACT campaign to the $1.5 million level. With under a million dollars to go, BDACT’s goal is to complete the campaign within the year and then begin the transformation of the former St. Katherine Drexel Elementary School to a highly serviceable theatre/fine arts center in 2017. BDACT invites other matching grant challenges as an incentive for contributions. Contact Jim Flynn at email:    or call 920-948-4791




Keith Ghanian, CEO Countryside Chevrolet Buick GMC, donated $5,000 to BDACT's building campaign.  This brings Countryside's cumulative donations to over $15,000.  The donation was based off of car sales for the month of March.  In the photo from left to right Keith Ghanian presents the check to the fundraising co-chair Jim Flynn.



The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre has become a vital organization for our communities, offering so much opportunity for education and entertainment to everyone of all ages. For our youth, it is a “door” to explore their talents and future career choices, as well as a way to build their self-esteem and enjoy positive childhood experiences. For adults, it gives opportunities to discover and show talents, to build skills, to establish new friendships, and to gain a great sense of pride in their accomplishments.


Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre
219 N. Spring Street
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Phone: (920) 885-6891

David Saniter, Managing Director

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