Meet our donors: Judy and Arnie Utzinger
The Utzingers are Baraboo natives and high school sweethearts with a life-long history of community service and philanthropy. With so many worthy causes to support, why the Greater Sauk Community Foundation? Their response: “The Foundation provides a simple and effective way for us to deliver financial support to numerous local nonprofits that are important to us. We know the Foundation will be a good steward of our gifts, and thanks to the tax benefits it offers, our charitable dollars go further.”
The Utzingers built their home and raised a family in Baraboo, while Arnie practiced dentistry here until his recent retirement. The couple were instrumental in the successful capital campaign funding restoration of the Al. Ringling Theatre. Arnie served for many years on the St. Clare Health Care Foundation board, including a stint as vice president and a decade as chair of the planned giving committee, while Judy has been a hospital auxiliary member for decades and has served as president of that organization. Their hospital support will continue into the future as members of St. Clare’s Golden Oak Legacy Society. They also feel privileged to support many other local nonprofits, such as the Baraboo Range Preservation Association, Boys and Girls Club, Circus World, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, Kids’ Ranch, and Baraboo Food Pantry, plus directing their efforts to fund development and other activities as members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Judy and Arnie also believe strongly in the Greater Sauk Community Foundation. Arnie is a long-time board member, they are “Platinum” Founders Society members, and last year they established their own donor-advised fund. This fund allows them to recommend support to the local organizations that they value. According to the Utzingers: “The Foundation is a well-run, reliable organization managed by highly respected board members, and we know this is one way we can be assured of giving back to our community for many years to come.”