DFP’s Annual Meeting Showcases Award Winners & 2018 Goals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2018
For more information contact: Dusty Krikau
Director of Communication & Special Events
Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Inc.
30 S. Portland Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Fond du Lac, WI - The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Inc.(DFP) showcased its achievements of 2017 and looked forward to 2018 at its Annual Meeting held February 1, 2018 at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts.
The meeting began with a review of 2017 and highlighted the reduction in downtown vacancy from 10.2% in 2013 to the current 6% as well as the overall private investment of $100 million since 2004 when the Partnership was formed.
The Design of the Year Award was presented to Doug & Judie Duitman for the exterior renovation of 40 Fourth Street, a property that now houses Studio 40 Salon, Street Pedalers LLC, and a heated storage unit. The modern industrial renovation complements the interior renovation completed in 2016 and has had a substantial visual impact on the surrounding area.
The Interior Design of the Year Award was presented to Peter Katris for the Coliseum Sports Bar & Grill. The extensive interior remodeling project removed dated décor and restored a sense of the building’s 1880’s history while renewing the appearance and improving the room’s natural lighting.
Sara Cujak was the recipient of the 2017 Friend of Downtown Award, an annual award given to a person or organization that has had major impact on the partnership. Cujak, owner of Cujak’s Wine & Coffee Bar, has shown consistent commitment to downtown Fond du Lac through regular volunteering, advocacy, financial support, and administrative support for events such as the Downtown Fond du Lac Wine Walk.
The 2017 Volunteer of the Year award, presented to an individual who made significant contribution over the previous year, was awarded to Donna King. King headed up volunteer efforts for the Fond du Lac Fresh 5 Food Donation program during the Farmers Market. Because of her support, the program was able to donate 1,645 pounds of food to local food pantry Broken Bread.
Atlas Gaming received the Best New Business Award for 2017. Atlas Gaming specializes in tabletop gaming including manga, anime, and card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon, and has become a second home to many in the local gaming community. The atmosphere they have created has filled a need in the downtown for late night family-friendly retail and activity space; a “third place” for those are looking for a welcoming, playful business where they can connect, shop, and stay a while.
The Downtown Legacy Award, awarded to a business that has been in downtown for at least 50 years, was given to US Bank whose ties to community go back 163 years. Opening in 1855, US Bank has expanded three times within downtown Fond du Lac and showcases its contributions and love of the community in the historic photos displayed throughout their lobby.
Amy Hansen, DFP executive director, highlighted the upcoming year including the relocation of the DFP office to the Zimmerman Building at 131 S. Main Street, new light pole banners, the Utility Box Art Project, a new DFP website, and the Main Street Makeover of Annie’s Fountain City Café in April.
The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life back to the heart of Fond du Lac. The DFP serves 214 properties with 284 businesses, 76% of which are small, locally-owned and operated.
Photos To Come: 2017 Award Winners from L to R: … Amy Hansen, Executive Director, Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership