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U.S. Venture Open Raises $4,817,964 to End Poverty


The largest one-day charity event aims to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin

U.S. Venture Open Raises $4,817,964 to End Poverty

(Appleton, WI) – August 10, 2022 – The 37th annual U.S. Venture Open surpassed their goal of $4.6 million by raising $4.8 million to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin. The nation’s largest one-day charity event brought in over 1,200 attendees and 900 golfers in addition to Green Bay Packers head coach, Matt LaFleur, joined by running backs, Aaron Jones, and AJ Dillon. 

The U.S. Venture Open has drawn hundreds of partners, golfers, and volunteers on the second Wednesday of August for nearly four decades. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $60 million and granted $49 million to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin. Grants impacted 235 organizations in the Green Bay, Fox Valley and Oshkosh regions. 

It has been incredible to host another successful event and see everyone together again. Being able to see our community members come together for the greater good of Northeast Wisconsin, will never get old.” says Greg Vandenberg, director of giving and community engagement at U.S. Venture. “We’re so grateful for the support we receive – we couldn’t do it without our amazing volunteers, partners, and team members. And for that, I am so thankful.” 

Matt LaFleur, AJ Dillon, and Aaron Jones joined attendees at Van Abel’s of Hollandtown for an evening dinner reception and auction. Post dinner they talked all things Packers with John Kuhn and why giving back to communities is so important and that every dollar makes a difference.  

Regional partners are crucial to the success of this event. The J. J. Keller Foundation grantmaking investment of $800,000 has been joined by lead grant partners, including Oshkosh Corporation at $250,000, ThedaCare at $200,000, and Thrivent at $200,000. This brings the grant matching to $1.45 million, effectively matching every dollar donated through the event. 


U.S. Venture Open
The U.S. Venture Open is the nation’s single largest one-day charitable event dedicated to ending poverty. Funds from the event are held within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, with grants made to collaborating nonprofit organizations across Northeast Wisconsin. The event started in 1986 with 100 golfers and has grown to 1,200 attendees representing more than 725 partners who golf at regional courses. To donate and/or register to attend the event, visit the U.S. Venture Open website. Follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 

About U.S. Venture, Inc. 

For over 70 years, U.S. Venture, Inc. has been recognized as an innovative leader in the distribution of traditional and renewable energy products, lubricants, tires, parts, and using data-driven insights to manage energy and information in the global movement of goods. U.S. Venture delivers creative, sustainable solutions that give their customers a competitive edge, and enable the company to support the communities in which they live, work, and play. Through the values lived by their family of brands, U.S. Oil, U.S. AutoForce, Max Finkelstein, LLC, U.S. Gain, Breakthrough®, U.S. Lubricants, U.S. Petroleum Equipment, and IGEN®, U.S. Venture seeks new ways to drive business success while being steadfast in its commitment to making the world a better place.