In November 2020, Madison community members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the $317M Future Ready referenda package, which included $70M for Madison West High School. The Foundation was proud to lead the Vote Yes 2 Invest campaign under our 501c4 affiliate, Schools Make Madison Advocates.
The $70M package for West includes a new pool facility on the corner of Highland Avenue and Regent Street. After the November 2020 election, a group of staff, friends, neighbors, and alumni joined forces to raise additional funds in partnership with the Madison Public Schools Foundation. With an additional $1.87M, we will have the opportunity to expand the pool facility, a critical investment to allow West’s swimming and diving teams to utilize the pool at the same time. The larger footprint will also increase community access to the facility and the service delivery capacity for Madison Schools and Community Recreation.
With construction about to begin, help Madison West High School hit the touchpad in winning style! We have raised $1.63M thus far, thanks in large part to the generosity of the Tom and Karen Ragatz family. Your gift will serve West and its immediate community well into the future by making a state-of-the-art facility possible for generations to come.
You can make a gift online using the Donate button on this page or download our West Campaign Giving Form. If you have questions, please contact Melinda Heinritz, Foundation President, at [email protected] or (608) 210-6902. Melinda would love to talk with you and connect you to West staff for more information about the Ragatz Family Pool!
If you’re interested in mailing a check in support of the Madison West Campaign, please complete and include this Madison West Campaign Giving Form (not the one linked above). Double the impact of your donation by using your company’s matching gift program!
NOTE: Act Now 2 Invest is a program of Schools Make Madison Advocates, the 501c4 affiliate of the Madison Public Schools Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
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