Viewpoint: Writer impressed with community?s generosity
Having a fundraiser is challenging. Making money at that fundraiser is even more challenging.
But on Sunday, July 20, The Kids In Need Youth Program had a very successful fundraiser aboard Zastrow’s Wisconsin River Cruise. Seventy-one individuals purchased tickets to go on the cruise, and came out on this Sunday afternoon to support the program.
Wisconsin River Cruises gave us an excellent deal so we could earn a good amount of money on the ticket sales, and also put a couple of cruise certificates into our raffles. The Star Journal came and did a story to help boost ticket sales. Jeff and John Santy provided music free of charge. The many small businesses located in our wonderful downtown area donated generously and helped us offer some really great raffle prizes. Dandy Dog put together a great bag of goodies and gift certificate, The Fun Factory offered a gift certificate for their Chocolate of the Month Club. Then there was the big basket that we called the Downtown Experience. This basket held over $400 worth of gift certificates and discounts from the following small businesses: A Cut Above, Bath & Body Creations, Briq’s, Buckethead’s, Danner’s Shoes, Denim & Leather Exchange, Diane’s Frame Shoppe, Distinctive Touch, Forest TV & Appliance, House of Spirits, Mel’s, Northern Coffee Haus, Northwestern Lounge, Pat’s Tavern, Rhinelander Café & Pub, Sew Smart, Shabby Cottage, Stage Left Café, Subway, Zadnick’s Bistro and Zastrow’s Wisconsin River Cruises.
Fundraising is one of the hardest things that a non-profit must do throughout the year. These wonderful people opened up their hearts and wallets and helped the Kids In Need Youth Program raise $986 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We are so very grateful to everyone who attended, and to each of these small businesses for their generosity within our community.
Tammy Ellis, executive director, Kids In Need, Rhinelander