From the beginning of the Good Neighbor Festival, a group of Middleton non-profit organizations have worked together to put on the event. While the trustee group has changed over the years, one thing remains the same: the Good Neighbor Festival trustees are committed to presenting an amazing community event, and raising funds to support charitable causes throughout the area.
The 2020 Good Neighbor Festival trustee organizations include:
Middleton BSA Troops 40 and 140: Troop 140 is one of the largest boy troops in Wisconsin with approximately 60 active scouts and is at the gold level for the Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence Award. Troop 40 for girls was chartered in February 2019 and is one of the first girl troops in Wisconsin. Since 1959, hundreds of Middleton area youths have shared the values of Scouting through outdoor activities, leadership development and community service.
Middleton Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber works to promote a strong economy and high quality of life for the greater Middleton Community. We are an association of more than 700 businesses, focusing on facilitation, advocacy, education and communication. We are STRONGER together!
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Education Foundation: The MCPASD Education Foundation was launched in the summer of 2011 to raise funds to augment programs and activities currently provided the school district, and to keep our local community informed on the strengths, challenges and needs of its schools. The Foundation’s goal is to provide inspiring experiences for students now, and for decades to come, through teacher innovation grants, student scholarships and our endowment.
Middleton Kiwanis: Middleton Kiwanis is an organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Meetings are held the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month, 5:30 p.m., at Sofra Family Bistro in downtown Middleton.
Middleton Lions Club: The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world. In Middleton, our club empowers volunteers to serve the community. Our signature project is supporting the expansion of the Restoring Hope Transplant House, where transplant families and patients find compassion, care and support.
Middleton Optimists: The Middleton Optimists foster their core mission of “Serving the Youth of Our Community” through a variety of activities. We recognize a “Student of the Month” and a “Rising Star” student throughout the year. We host the annual “Cops & Bobbers” kids fishing event, help fund baseball/softball participation, support the Police Department’s “GREAT” program and engage our members in other community activities focused on youth.
Middleton VFW Post 8216 – William “Sonny” Simon Post: The Middleton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8216 and its members have a long proud tradition of service to our Nation and the local community. VFW Post 8216 is the founding member of the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival and has been proud to continue to support the goals of the Fest for over 50 years. With over 175 members, Post 8216 prides itself as a community leader and has received recognition nationally from the VFW for its contributions to Middleton and the surrounding area.
Middleton VFW Post 8216 – Auxiliary: The VFW Auxiliary was one of the founding members of the Good Neighbor Festival and has been operating the carnival since the very beginning of the Fest. This is the major fundraiser for the Auxiliary that makes its charitable donations possible for the upcoming year. The Auxiliary was chartered in 1953 and has been providing support to active military families, veterans and their families for more than 60 years. VFW Auxiliary membership is open to both female and male spouses and the immediate family of veterans eligible for VFW membership.
Middleton Youth Hockey: Middleton Youth Hockey – the Middleton Wings – promotes the advancement of youth athletics for boys and girls ranging from 4 to 16 years of age through hockey, by developing teamwork, sportsmanship, respect and camaraderie, while enhancing hockey skills, social development and competition, and having a lot of fun participating in the fast-moving sport of hockey! Go Wings!
Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton: A club of 60+ members who are actively engaged in our community and open to new connections within our club. Rotary Club of Madison West-Towne Middleton meets every Friday from 12:12pm – 1:15pm at Zor Shrine Temple in Madison.