Kacmarcik to earn Pillars of Community honor
Mequon Community Foundation luncheon slated for June 4

By Gary Achterberg

Feb. 1, 2019

MEQUON — 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 Community Award.

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 mothers.

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.