A Mission from Our Hearts

Statistics can make an impact on our lives, thoughts and actions. For example, reading the American Cancer Society’s 2019 reports for 34,220 total projected new cancer diagnosis for Wisconsin and a projected 11,730 deaths this year, is jolting. Having those numbers hit close to home, or at home, is heartbreaking and life changing, for everyone involved. For some of us, this propels us into action. This is how Koss Family Foundation was established, paying it forward to a community that helped in a time of need. We soon expanded to provide that assistance state wide.

This past week, we at KossFF lost friends to this horrible disease, our friends lost a family member and friend, a young boy at a local schools had a recurrence of their disease, and a past client had complications from the disease and treatment. No one goes unaffected by a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer affects every person you know in one way or another. I have given talks at community civic groups and asked for a show of hands if someone in their circle of friends and family was diagnosed. Not many hands are left folded in laps.

We are a team of volunteers dedicated to helping people fighting this ugly disease, just as we helped those in our own personal circles. We cannot do it alone. We need your help. We need you on our team, to join forces with us. To help us make the lives of cancer patients a little easier by helping with their mortgage, gas to get them to their treatment, or groceries for their families.

There are many easy ways to do this. We look forward to you being a part of our team.

Welcome 2019!

As we head into a brand new year, I’d like to share our growth as a Wisconsin charity for the past year. 2018 was a year of change. We gained many dynamic and passionate Board of Directors which helped bring new insights and ideas to our mission and vision. We joined forces with a new music festival, Rock the Harbor, and made important community connections during that weekend. And our wonderful and talented friends Well Known Strangers, with the sweet opening act Haley Klinkhammer, hosted a benefit concert for us. It was a year of hard work for a charity run completely by volunteers.

The best part, we were able to give out $18,000 in 2018! This gives us a grand total of $30,000 since we’ve been able to give out money starting in the spring of 2017! We have helped over 40 families throughout Wisconsin to pay their everyday living expenses while they fight cancer. We could not do it without your support and we thank everyone who donates, volunteers and supports our efforts every day.

We are anticipating an even more exciting 2019 for Team KossFF. We are currently working on our annual themed spring art event, Out All Night. This 1950”s themed event will be held on Saturday May 18th at Route 20 and feature music by Brett and the Dandy’s. Watch for more information soon! We will also be holding our annual Bowl-A-Thon in the fall. Many other events are still in the works and when they are finalized we will share the details.

Thank you all, once again, for another successful year in helping us with our mission. We receive many more applications than we can possibly fund each month. Our team has the incredibly difficult, and heartbreaking, job of selecting recipients. Help us make their job easier by continuing to support us with your donations. Our 2019 goal is $24,000 in financial support. Join us in meeting that goal!

Fall Events Reminder

Fall is here and we have two fun, and very different events, we’re excited to remind you about.

First off, our second annual Bowl-A-Thon is just around the corner on Sunday, October 21. Don’t worry sports fans, there is NO Packer game that day and the World Series doesn’t start until the next day. We still have open lanes available! The Lanes on 20 is the place to be for a Sunday Funday filled with food, bowling and raffle items.

For a night out, head to Coins Sports Bar in Kenosha on Saturday November 10 where our friends, Well Known Strangers, are hosting a benefit concert with proceeds benefiting KossFF. Tickets are $10 each and that includes the show, food, beer and a chance to win $100!

Bring the family out in October or enjoy adult time in November and meet our newest Board of Directors and learn about the services we provide for cancer fighting families throughout the state. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Upcoming Fall Events

With fall right around the corner, we wanted to share a quick update to tell you about a couple events we have coming up and would love for you to attend!

First off, the Koss Family Foundation would like to invite you to participate in our second annual Bowl-A-Thon held at The Lanes on 20 on Sunday, October 21st, 2018. To reserve your spot as a general bowler, we are asking for a $15 donation per person which will include three hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, and lunch. We are also actively recruiting sponsors for the event to help make this day possible. Please visit our Contact page to get in touch if you are interested in sponsoring a lane or would like to submit a raffle item such as a gift basket or gift card!

The next event we have planned is a benefit concert featuring local favorites Haley Klinkhammer and Well-Known Strangers at Coins Sports Bar in Kenosha, WI on Saturday November 10th, 2018. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online. For each $10 donation, attendees will enjoy live music, tap beer, food and will also be entered to win a $100 grand prize giveaway. Other activities include a 50/50 fundraiser and a few other small raffle items.

Proceeds from these events help pay everyday living expenses for cancer fighting patients throughout Wisconsin so the focus can be on recovery and maintaining quality of life. Please visit our Upcoming Events page for more information and ways to purchase tickets in advance. We hope to see you there!

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Exciting Projects at KossFF

Our summer has been quite busy behind the scenes here at KossFF.  Andrew Quella from New Ink Media Co. has made some fantastic updates to the website as we continue to grow the foundation to support more families throughout Wisconsin.

This year, several new board members have joined the KossFF team to help plan events and execute our mission. You can visit the updated Who We Are page to meet the new team. Thanks Andrew for the amazing portraits!

Next, we developed an online Gift Shop where you can purchase event tickets and sponsorship packages directly from your desktop computer or mobile smartphone! If transacting via the Gift Shop we ask that you please print your order confirmation and bring it to the event to streamline registration. In the future we plan to add other KossFF goods that sport our branding and logo to help get the word out. More updates to come on that!

Lastly, the Donation page now has a fresh look and the ability to accept donations without ever leaving the KossFF website! The new tool tracks donations on a monthly basis, allowing us to set goals and share progress along the way. Our goal for August is to raise $3,000 in online donations which translates to assisting three families who are undergoing cancer treatment and need help with everyday bills. Throughout the month we will be sharing updates via social on our progress and encourage supporters like you to submit a one-time or (or better yet) recurring monthly donation.

We continue to work hard to provide funding to cancer patients all across the state.  These updates and donations are crucial to support that mission so please show your love by spreading the word about our cause! And don't forget to submit a recurring monthly donation so we can hit our monthly goal and raise $3,000 in online donations.

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