Mary Grace Sieber passed away in 1994, after living over 50 years with the effects of severe polio. She never let the physical results of the disease limit her ability to travel, work or participate in the community. Mary Grace enjoyed her ability to live a full life and refused to be hindered by the affects of any physical limitations. She attended daily Mass, worked everyday (at Wettstein's for 40 years!) and fully enjoyed her independence.
The Mary Grace Sieber Fund awards grants to projects that assist young people who have physical, emotional, or mental disabilities so they can participate in programs to enhance their ability to lead more independent and full lives.
Grants may also support a community lecture or other event to educate the community about people of different abilities, or to inspire young people who are living with disabilities to live life to their full potential.
For 2017 funds, applications open on January 2 and are due on February 3; awards will be made in March. All follow-up reports from any previous La Crosse Community Foundation grants must be returned for any new applications to be reviewed.