Thank you for your interest in helping with the important work of the Moraine Park Foundation. We serve our friends by offering ways for them to be the good stewards for the resources given them. We offer this site to assist you with planning so that your values will extend to future generations, just as Nelson and Vera Hicks so generously demonstrated, because we believe that you will gain personal value as you explore the benefits of planned giving.
Mr. Nelson Hicks, entrepreneur, industrialist, and philanthropist, was born November 23, 1914, in Chew Magna, England. Mrs. Vera Hicks (Vorwerk) was born March 20, 1911 in Loganville, Wisconsin. Both graduated from Madison Central High School. They both believed in the value of higher education, and after high school, Nelson attended Madison Business School, and Vera attended the University of Wisconsin.
In 1946, the Hicks moved to Beaver Dam, and Nelson co-founded Metalfab, Inc. They became active members of their church and supported many charitable causes throughout their lives.
Nelson served as a member of the Board of Directors at Farmers State Bank from 1958 to 1985. He was elected bank president in 1962. During his term of office with the bank, the merger with Marine Corporation took place. He retired as bank president in 1977 but retained the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors until his retirement in 1985. Nelson was active in both civic and community organizations. He was past president of the Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of Elks Lodge 1540 of Beaver Dam.
The Hicks were also active members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam and generously supported many charitable causes throughout their lives. Nelson and Vera have since passed, but their tradition of giving lives on today. The establishment of the Nelson and Vera Hicks Charitable Foundation, which generously supports Moraine Park students attending the Beaver Dam campus, awards ten $1,000 scholarships every year. They have created the important legacy of helping students obtain a college degree.