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Yule Feed Families food drive hits third highest mark ever

Dec. 21, 2012

Well, it's not a record, but it's still the third-highest giving ever for the Yule Feed Families food drive, and that is a blessing for the four food pantries in Lake Country and the families they serve.

Although checks were still trickling in, by the close of the drive last week, a total of $47.290 was collected, the third-highest total ever since the holiday campaign kicked off in 1991, trailing only $95,510 and $53,886 in 2011 and 2010.

Over the life of the annual drives, the giving to Yule Feed Families totaled $468,402 to help the North Lake, Kettle Moraine, Pewaukee and Hartland food pantries.

"The generosity of the Lake Country community never fails to amaze me. People don't realize that people as close as your own neighborhood could be the ones in need. The pantries fill the most basic of need, to make sure no one goes home hungry," said Scott Peterson, drive chairman. "We are grateful to all of those who gave in amounts large and small."

This past week, giving again was led by Lake Country Rotary, which co-sponsors the drive with the Lake Country Reporter. At its meeting, the club donated 131 groceries and contributed $6,128 by passing the hat. That donation was paced by a pledge of $5,000 by longtime Lake Country businessman Richard Bertrand and his wife, Karen.

The Rotary club and Lake Country Reporter each have agreed to pay $2,000 to the drive as part of the challenge.

The Rotary donation was not the only big contribution this past week. A total of $15,596 came in, the biggest week of the drive, which kicked off on Thanksgiving.

Leading donors this past week include an anonymous gift of $5,000 by a Pewaukee couple, a $1,500 donation by Keith Winters of Pewaukee, $500 from O'Neill Engineered Systems of Menomonee Falls, $363 from Michael and Suzanne Matyas of Hartland and $250 each from John Lang of Hartland, David Lauer of Pewaukee and Timothy Kappeler of Hartland. Plus, there were many donors who gave $100 or less.

(Our apologies for including a wrong first name in last week's story. It was Jim and Kris Ordway who gave $1,000.)

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Rotary Pancake Day: 7:30 a.m. Feb. 28, Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. Fundraiser for the Waukesha Rotary Club is 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Expo Center Arena. Advance tickets at Waukesha State Bank, downtown location., $5-$7. $5 advance, $7 at the door; free for children 5 and younger. www.waukesharotary.org.

Ninth Annual Oconomowoc Rotary Wine & Brew Fest: 5 p.m. Feb. 28, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Rd, Oconomowoc. Wine, food and beer. Features foods from the best of our local restaurants. Purchase tickets at $50 from an O-Town Rotarian, through Facebook, or in person at most area First Bank Financial Centre locations, Books & Company & Lorleberg True Value Hardware. See more at www.oconomowocrotary.org. $50.

Chili Tasting: 11 a.m. Feb. 28, The Garden Mart, W297 S9115 Highway 83, Mukwonago. Chili tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local vendors will be selling unique merchandise. Judging is open to the public and all proceeds from voting will be donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. Event is free. Call (262) 363-5252 for information.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash Literacy Event: 10 a.m. Feb. 28, Hartland North Elementary, 232 Church Street, Hartland. Families with children in 4-year old kindergarten through second grade are invited to a special event. The Cat in the Hat and the Lorax will celebrate with a big birthday cake for all of our guests along with lots of literacy activities based around Dr. Seuss books.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

All weekend happenings.