Johnson Creek - In the state of Wisconsin, nothing rallies a group of people together quite like beer, brats and the Green Bay Packers. Combine that with a good cause and you have the makings of a sure fire success.
That’s been the winning recipe for Linda Funk and her longtime establishment, Linda’s Lookout, which has hosts an annual Packers Tailgate Party, raising proceeds to benefit Rainbow Hospice Care.
“It’s probably been six, seven years that we’ve done this for Rainbow,” said Funk, who has been the owner of Linda’s Lookout for over 20 years. “And through the years it’s really proved to be something that really touches a lot of people’s lives."
This year area residents gathered at Linda’s Lookout prior to the Green Bay Packers week three matchup with the Detroit Lions to support Rainbow Hospice Care with grilled food, drinks and raffle prizes. Customers purchased raffle tickets, vying for a chance to win the grand prize, a 55-inch smart TV.
“We do all sorts of fun things, different raffles and contests,” said Funk. “Every year we have a TV raffle that seems to be very well-received, that seems to be where most of the money comes from.”
This year the local tavern collected $4,359.50 from the event, bringing their five-year total to $17,364.50, all of which was donated to Rainbow Hospice Care. While people are there to have a good time and cheer on their team, Funk said the day means more to the community than just football.
“I was looking for something that would touch a lot of people, and unfortunately hospice does touch a lot of people,” said Funk. “But I’ve never heard anybody say a bad word about Rainbow Hospice, the community loves Rainbow for whatever they do.”
Founded in 1990, Rainbow Hospice Care’s mission is to provide comfort, care and meaning at the end of life. It serves patients with any type of life-limiting illness with a life expectancy of six months or less and has earned a reputation in the area for their outstanding quality of care. With a homecare office