Susan Wohlitz Memorial Fund

The IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, in conjunction with the IIDA Foundation, has established the Susan Wohlitz Memorial Fund to honor Susan's dedication to students and the Interior Design profession.

"The mission and purpose of the Susan Wohlitz Memorial Fund will be to fund and support activities directly related to the advancement of students pursuing degrees in interior design in the state of Wisconsin."

On June 5, 2005, we learned of the untimely and tragic death of Susan Jean Wohlitz.

As president of IIDA Wisconsin, Susan embodied a life of outreach, personal and professional development and committed enrichment.

Susan also served as Student Mentor for the Interior Design Program at Mount Mary College and as Volleyball Coach at St. Sebastian's Parish.

Read more about our beloved Susan Wohlitz.

     Susan Wohlitz

Great Bag Bash

The first Annual Fundraiser for the Susan Wohlitz Memorial Fund was held on October 21st, 2005. It would have been Susan's 34th birthday. It was held as a volleyball tournament for all groups and ages. We had a blast, but we decided there had to be a better way to get more people involved. So, we took a year off to plan.

On February 1, 2007 IIDA WI held the first GREAT BAG BASH! Wow...did we BASH! Over 50 people attended and over $5,000.00 was raised. Since that cold February night we have expanded the event to host over 150 people every February. Susan's parents haven't missed a single year!

We hope you can join us for the next GREAT BAG BASH!

Learn more about the event


Nearly $45,000 has been awarded to IIDA WI student members from 2006-2015!  We are very proud of our students and look forward to awarding our scholarships every year. For scholarship opportunities visit our Student Design Competition page.

2015 Scholarship winners
2014 Scholarship winners
2013 Scholarship winners
2012 Scholarship winners
2011 Scholarship winners
2010 Scholarship winners
2009 Scholarship winners
2008 Scholarship winners


Contributions can be made to the Susan Wohlitz Memorial Fund through our IIDA WI Treasurer.  Please include your name and email address for return of receipt.

IIDA WI (checks made payable to IIDA Foundation)
Attn: Treasurer
PO Box 14164
Madison, WI  53708-0164
e: [email protected]