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Food drive crosses $10K mark

Dec. 5, 2012

With two weeks to go, Yule Feed Families is picking up the pace, but has a long way to go to catch last year's high-water mark.

The encouraging news is that, since the drive's inception in 1991, this is one of the strongest second weeks of the annual benefit for four local food pantries, as $6,005 in contributions came in, far eclipsing the opening week total in the challenge drive co-sponsored by Lake Country Rotary and the Lake Country Reporter.

With the match by both organizations, so far, $10,290 has been raised for the Hartland, North Lake, Kettle Moraine and Pewaukee food pantries. That is roughly 10 percent of what was collected in total last year.

Each year, the Rotary and Reporter agree to match donations coming into the Yule Feed Families food drive, up to a maximum of $2,000 each, at the rate of 70 cents for every $1 donated and 40 cents for every grocery product. Because of the strong showing in the last week, both groups have fulfilled that match this year, but the need still is there. The pantries are reporting increased demand. There are more mouths to feed.

A big reason for the surge this week is a donation by a donor known only as Pat, who gave $5,000, which accounted for the lion's share of the giving.

Other big donors of $100 or more include Janet Schmitt of Hartland, Guy and Donna Gurrath of Hartland and Wayne Werner of Pewaukee. But no donation is too small. We even had one donor contribute two Piggly Wiggly gift cards this week.

How can you help? Send or deliver your donations to Lake Country Publications, 810 Cardinal Lane, Suite 210, Hartland, WI 53029. Make sure you make your tax-deductible check donations to the food pantry of your choice or Lake Country Foundation (a Rotary partner). Please do not make out checks to Yule Feed Families. Remember the deadline for the drive I 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, so don't delay.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

The Art of the Bicycle: Dec. 17-20, Delafield Arts Center, 719 Genesee St., Delafield. Diane Lehman, Peter Kudlata and Wheel & Sprocket. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday: 11am-4pm; first and third Saturdays of each month: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment. Free. http://www.delafieldartscenter.org/.

Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays through Dec. 31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details., $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van http://www.thecountrychristmas.com.

Nutcracker Ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 19; 1 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 East Forest Street, Oconomwoc. Mainstage Academy of Dance performs this beloved Tchaikovsky ballet, a holiday classic the whole family will enjoy. Visit www.theoac.net for more information or tickets. $14-$16 http://www.wedancemainstage.com 

Tom Heideman’s Swamp Party: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Delafield Brewhaus, 3832 Hillside Drive, Delafield. For more information call (262) 646-7821.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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