Monday, October 8, 2012
Donate your old artificial Christmas tree to Treetime Christmas Creations, and receive 15 percent off a new one of your choice.
A Christmas tree is the center of most families holiday decor. But for households who can't afford a holiday tree, many simply go without. An Illinois business has partnered with the Salvation Army to help make a tree a reality for needy families, and this year the program has expanded to the Milwaukee area. Treetime Christmas Creations and the Salvation Army are teaming up for the second year in a row to gather donated artificial Christmas trees that will go to the less fortunate. Anyone who donates their old tree will receive a 15 percent discount on a new one from Treetime from now until Oct. 31. Milwaukee-area residents should just call 1-800-SATRUCK and indicate they have a tree to donate. The Salvation Army truck will pick up their …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
National Good Neighbor Day is Sept. 28. Share your stories about the neighbors who make your town a great place to live.
A good neighbor comes in many forms. It may be someone who keeps an eye on your kids when they’re playing outside or someone who pet sits for you when your family is on vacation. Some even go above and beyond to make your community a great place to live by picking up trash in neighborhood parks or volunteering to start youth programs at the local library. Celebrate the people who make your community thrive by honoring them on National Good Neighbor Day on Friday. For example, read up on these Port Washington and Saukville residents who have given back in big ways to the community: The concept of National Good Neighbor Day began in the early 1970’s when Montana resident Becky Mattson pushed to create a holiday that would recognize people …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Port Washington resident Mark Rolison was inspired on an overseas trip to create GloBall Giving, a nonprofit that collects and donates used sporting equipment to children in poor countries. A fundraiser dinner is being held on Oct. 27.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tickets are still available for the dinner fundraiser to benefit "GloBall Giving," a nonprofit organization that collects used sporting goods equipment to donate to children around the world. Port resident Mark Rolison is largely behind the nonprofit, and was recently chosen as Huffington Post's Greatest Person of the Day. The event will be held Oct. 27 at the River Club of Mequon in an attempt to help raise funds and awareness. Fox 6's Ted Perry will be emceeing the event, which will include: For more information about GloBall Giving or the event, contact Mark Rollison via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Nominations for the Heat U.P. Wisconsin program will be accepted through Saturday for families deserving a new furnace at no cost.
A coach for the Saukville Rebels as well as Port Washington Piranha Youth Wrestling Club, Junior Rosado gave his time to these teams as a way to be along side his kids as they compete as well as an outlet for giving back to the comunity. Never did he expect to be paid for such volunteerism — but little did he know someone was watching, and his community-oriented way of life earned his family a brand new furnance installed in their home at no cost, whatsoever. Rosado and his family were one of 70 households to received a free furnace last winter through the Heat U.P. Wisconsin program. Lennox furnace dealers in Southeastern Wisconsin as well as in upper Michigan participate, donating furnances with free installation to selected nominees. …
Monday, September 10, 2012
The event is sponsored by the Forever Families ministry at Friedens Evangelical Church in Port Washington and raised more than $17,000 in the first two years.
Editor's note: The following information is taken from a press release from Frieden's Evangelical Church in Port Washington. An installed furnace, tickets to Walt Disney World in Florida, a north woods getaway, a ride to school in a Port Washington fire truck, gift certificates and many other items will be featured in the silent auction portion of the Third Annual Forever Families 5K and Silent Auction to benefit adoption on Saturday, Sept. 22. Besides the 5K run/walk, there also will be a 2K walk and a bake sale. The deadline to pre-register for the race is Sept. 16. Registrations also will be accepted the day of the race. The event is sponsored by the Forever Families ministry at Friedens Evangelical Church in Port Washington. In the …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Port Washington resident Mark Rolison was inspired on an overseas trip to create GloBall Giving, a nonprofit that collects and donates used sporting equipment to children in poor countries.
Editor's note: The Huffington Post chose Mark Rolison as its "Greatest Person of the Day" on Sept. 12 — an honor recognizing people who confront issues with creativity and passion. Kicking a soccer ball. Swinging a baseball bat. Shooting hoops. Many American children can take these activities for granted — but such privileges aren't so common in foreign countries, as Port Washington resident Mark Rolison found out while on a Habitat for Humanity trip to Kenya. "We went to a normal school with about 200 kids, and they didn't have one soccer ball," he said. "So, we donated three balls. You can't describe the elation — they were so happy. The lightbulb went off in my head." Rolison quickly started formulating plans for what is now called "…
Monday, August 20, 2012
The "How America Gives" report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy also showed that those age 45 to 64 gave the most donations from both communities.
Port Washington and Saukville are in the top 50 percent when considering charitable giving and comparing it municipalities around the country, according to a report released Monday by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The report, titled "How America Gives," examined Internal Revenue Service data from 2008 — the most recent year available — and provides detail down to the ZIP code level about the generosity of people in particular geographic areas. Port ranks at 30.6 percent, while Saukville comes in at 45 percent. The report's website also includes an interactive database that allows users to research charitable giving by state, community or ZIP code. Overall, Port Washington ranked 3,531 of 11,522 municipalities studied, with its residents …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The fundraiser held annually at St. Peter's Church in Saukville to gather school supplies for children in need is struggling to get donations this year.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
After giving away nearly $10,000 in school supplies last year, local fundraiser organizers say the supply drive is struggling to gather donations this time around. Bethel Metz, one of the organizers, is working with Mark Gierach of the Saukville Community Food Pantry as well as BMO Harris Bank in hopes of garnering more awareness of the need in the area — and collecting more donations. "Our donations are really down this year, unfortunately, and we could really use the help," Metz said. BMO Harris Bank made a $500 donation in support of the initiative, and will be collecting supplies at the Harris Bank and M&I Bank locations in Ozaukee County, according to a press release from BMO Harris. Visit harrisbank.com or mibank.com to locate a …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Those involved in the annual event held at Memories Ballroom hope to raise $10,000 this year, a goal that is $2,500 higher than in 2011.
The Danceit! Performance Ensemble is putting on it's annual benefit Sunday at Memories Ballroom, with a goal of raising $10,000. The group hopes to use the money to benefit the Ability center, "a one-of-a-kind facility designed first and foremost to meet the needs of individuals with physical and developmental disabilities — while also welcoming able-bodied participants," according to tacwi.org. Last year, the group raised $7,500 during the fundraiser and used the money to purchase three sports wheelchairs. The group has raised more than $47,000 for local charities in the last eight years, Sherri Michalowski said. Doors at Memories Ballroom open for the event at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, and a silent auction will kick off at that time. The show …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Port Washington Fire Chief Mark Mitchell commended Police Officer Jerry Nye and Reserve Officer Michael Kolbach for their 'lifesaving' efforts that got 21-year-old Justin Kriegel out of the July 8 fire safely.
After losing their home just more than a week ago, members of the Benson and Kriegel family are impresed by efforts to help the group recoup their losses. Tina Kriegel, fiancee to homeowner Tim Benson, said the outpouring of support and offers for help since the fire at 230 E. Douglas St. has restored Kriegel’s faith in human kindness. “(I’m) so grateful,” Kriegel said. “With all … the offers for help, it really makes you feel good about people again.” After hearing of the blaze, Nick Meier, president of Mr. Mover Inc. of Grafton, was moved to help the family. “I just thought it would be a nice thing to do,” Meier said in an e-mail to Patch. “My family and I were saved by a smoke detector, then the fire department, when I was very young — …