The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson (KCFA) is seeking monetary donations toward completion of its latest community service project, “Puppy Serenade,” which is under construction at Rock River Park.

When complete, this project will feature a bronze statue by local sculptor Mark Dziewior; a tri-purpose (human/canine/bottle filling) fountain; and a combination bench/pedestal by local artisan Bob Muench of Stonecroft Masonry.

The project will honor the three founding members of KCFA — Patty Beran, Marleen LaPlant and Rita Hasel — and their dogs.

The project is located at the juncture where the road turns left toward the clubhouse and the path turns right toward the entrance to the disc golf area.

A “reveal” of the project (including a clay model of the bronze statue) is scheduled for early October. The bronze statue will be completed and installed in the spring of 2021.

This park-enhancing project is supported by an $8,050 grant from the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation. The total estimated cost of the project currently is $19,000.

The KCFA is reaching out for support from individuals and groups who enjoy using the amenities of Rock River Park — walkers, dog walkers, runners, bicyclists, birders, archers, disd golf players and anyone else who appreciates and wants to support the work of local artists.

To make a tax-deductible donation, please send a check, payable to KCFA, to: Mabel Schumacher, KCFA Treasurer, 848 Messmer St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Indicate that the donation is for “Puppy Serenade,” and include your address so an acknowledgement and receipt can be sent.

In 1992, KCFA founders Beran, LaPlant and Hasel started meeting to train and compete with their dogs, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever “Cody,” Dalmatian “Dottee,” and Scottish Terrier “Scarlett,” respectively. Soon, word spread and others asked to join them in their training sessions, resulting in organization of The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson.

Having celebrated the club’s 25th anniversary in 2017, KCFA offers puppy kindergarten and several levels of companion, obedience, and performance classes. Over the years, it has served an overwhelming number of Fort Atkinson-area families and their canine companions.

The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson is an all-volunteer 501©(3) nonprofit organization offering community service, education, and training classes. Visit and the club’s Facebook page for more information.

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