— The Mequon Community Foundation will honor Jim Kacmarcik, whose
philanthropic efforts have touched individuals and organizations
throughout Ozaukee County, with its seventh annual Pillars of the
Kacmarcik is a resident of Mequon and president of Grafton-based
Kapco Inc., which has grown from its metal stamping and fabrication
roots to what its website refers to as a “family of companies” that
include the Lakeshore Chinooks, K-Nation Entertainment, SpeedKore
Performance Group and Advanced Coatings Inc.
“We are very pleased to honor Jim Kacmarcik at this year’s Pillars
of the Community luncheon,” said Mequon Community Foundation
President Kathy Pederson. “He has contributed so much to our
community as a business leader and philanthropist.”
The award luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 at the
Center for Environmental Stewardship at Concordia University
Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.
The news release announcing Kacmarcik’s selection for the annual
honor called him a visionary community leader.
“Kapco is known for its philanthropic efforts and charitable
events,” the release added. “With a deep belief in ‘making
people our priority’ and ‘paying it forward,’ Kacmarcik is a
visionary community leader who has founded a number of nonprofit
endeavors, including Kids2Kids Christmas.”
The toy collection drive for low-income children also has had a
positive impact on the children who contribute to the drive. Begun
in 2006, the annual event collects more than 20,000 toys each year.
Several thousand children participate by volunteering and donating
toys, the release added.
In 2013, Kacmarcik co-founded Camp Hometown Heroes, a summer camp
for children who have lost loved ones in the armed services. The
free camp makes a profound impact by offering children friendship,
healing and renewed hope, according to the news release.
Kacmarcik and his daughter, Kenzie, also were among the co-founders
of Camp Reunite, which reunites children with their incarcerated
Kacmarcik is president and majority owner of the Lakeshore Chinooks,
the Northwoods League collegiate team. In 2012, Kapco Park opened as
a collaboration between Concordia University Wisconsin and Kapco
Inc. The stadium is home to the Chinooks and CUW’s baseball team.
“For Kapco, there is no single greater reward than giving back to
the community that has embraced our business for so many years,”
Kacmarcik said. “That’s why we feel both privileged and honored to
do all we can for the people of our community.”
Kacmarcik and his wife, Laura, have five children.
The prior Pillars of the Community honorees are the Sommer family,
Karl Hertz, Stan Smith, Christopher and Daniel Doerr, the Rennicke
family, Richard R. Piper Sr. and Christine Nuernberg.
The Mequon Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that
supports projects in recreation, education, culture, outdoor
beautification and general public improvement in Mequon. More
information is online at
www.mcfgives.org. Further information about the luncheon will be
on the website in the coming weeks.