Lee and Madrigrano families to provide matching grant to the Natalie Lee & Shirley Madrigrano Arts Foundation

Funds will support arts programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha


Mission: To impact the most young people possible, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

For the remainder of 2023, Joseph & Kathy Madrigrano Jr., Bob Lee Sr., and Bob & Linda Lee Jr., have agreed to match up to $25,000 of contributions that are made to the Natalie Lee and Shirley Madrigrano Arts Foundation.

Youth and teens receive opportunities every day to participate in arts programs including dance, music, painting, crafts and digital arts. These are opportunities that our members may otherwise not have access to and through these programs, members are using their creativity to create great works of art.

In 2016, after the passing of both Shirley Madrigrano and Natalie Lee, the Arts Foundation was started at the Club in their honor by their sons Joe Madrigrano Jr. and Robert Lee, Jr. The goal of the foundation is to raise enough funds so that the earnings of the Arts Foundation comes back to the Club each year in increasing amounts as the Arts Foundation grows.

The collective donation from Joseph & Kathy Madrigrano Jr. and the Lees will be applied to the Shirley Madrigrano and Natalie Lee Arts Foundation. All community donations received will be used to develop, enhance, and sustain the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha’s art programming.

It costs the Club about $20,000 per year to run arts programming for youth and teens. The goal of the Arts Foundation is to ultimately support the full arts budget.

Those who are interested in contributing to the Natalie Lee and Shirley Madrigrano Arts Foundation can mail a check to the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha (1330 52nd St., Kenosha, WI 53140) and specify Arts Fund in the memo. For more information, contact Tara Panasewicz at TPanasewicz@bgckenosha.org.

The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most and their great futures ahead. Visit BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.