Pillars of the Community

Our annual Pillars of the Community award recognizes a member of the Mequon community who has had a significant and lasting impact on making Mequon a great place to live and work. Honorees have included business professionals, government employees and community leaders.

We host the Pillars celebration in the Concordia University Center for Environmental Stewardship, providing breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and its shoreline combined with the sparkling freshness of a bright June day.

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The Mequon Community Foundation is proud to honor Jim Kacmarcik, President of Kapco,
as our 2019 Pillars of the Community Award honoree.

Jim Kacmarcik, President of Kapco

2019 Pillars of the Community Award Honoree

MEQUON, WI – The Mequon Community Foundation will hold its eighth annual Pillars of the Community Award Luncheon on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019, at 11:30 am, at the Center for Environmental Stewardship at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon. This year, the Foundation will honor Mequon resident and President of Kapco Jim Kacmarcik.

“We are very pleased to honor Jim Kacmarcik at this year’s Pillars of the Community Luncheon,” said Kathy Pederson, Mequon Community Foundation President. “He has contributed so much to our community as a business leader and philanthropist.”

Kapco is known for its philanthropic efforts and charitable events. 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, a toy collection drive for low-income children that also has a positive impact on the children who contribute to the drive. Begun in 2006, this annual event collects more than 20,000 toys each year and several thousand children participate by volunteering and donating toys.

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 of the fallen with friendship, healing, and renewed hope. Most recently, Kacmarcik and his daughter, Kenzie, were among the co-founders of Camp Reunite, a groundbreaking program that reunites children with their incarcerated mothers.

Kacmarcik is President and Majority Owner of the Northwoods League collegiate wood bat team the Lakeshore Chinooks. In 2012, Kapco Park opened up as a collaboration between Concordia University and Kapco. The stadium serves as the home of the Lakeshore Chinooks and Concordia University’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,” says Kacmarcik. “That’s why we feel both privileged and honored to do all we can for the people of our community.”

Kacmarcik lives in Mequon with his wife, Laura, and together they have five children.

The Mequon Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports projects in recreation, education, culture, outdoor beautification, and general public improvement in Mequon. To learn more about the foundation visit Further information about the Pillars of the Community Luncheon will be available on the website in the coming weeks.