CHEERS TO THE WINNERS!

Cheers to our next 100 Stories of Hope Winner, Sherry Mcelhatton! She’ll be receiving a gift card from Consider the Lilies and her part of our $5,000 donation will go towards Arts & Culture.

Sherry is a gifted musician who uses her talents to lift up our community. Among Sherry’s many volunteer hats, she’s the Music Director for Spotlight Productions and leads a monthly Ukulele Strum In at The Hub. When COVID-19 pulled the world apart, Sherry found her own way to bring us back together by creating weekly ukulele videos for community members to enjoy. Her song choices are happy, full of hope, and brighten the day of many people. Thank you, Sherry!

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Cheers to our next 100 Stories of Hope: a crew of volunteers who planted the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust “Forest of Hope!”

So how do you plant 5,000+ native trees during a pandemic? Careful planning, extra safety precautions and a limited crew of hardworking volunteers…of course!

“This area we are standing in will someday be a beautiful forest that we can say was planted during the pandemic of 2020, ” said Josh Schlicht, Stewardship Coordinator with OWLT. The “Forest of Hope” was funded by a grant from the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium and was featured as a “Delivering the Mission” initiative by the U.S. Forest Service.

The crew will be receiving an Eaton’s Fresh Pizza West Bend gift card and their part of our $5,000 donation will go towards the environment!

Pictured: Josh Schlicht, Spencer Henkel, Rachelle Ketelhohn, Stephanie Krausert.

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A big congratulations to our next 100 Stories of Hope winners, Nina and Mae Evans! They’ll be receiving a gift card to Eaton’s Fresh Pizza West Bend and their part of our $5,000 donation will go towards Children & Families.

Nina and Mae wanted to spread some love when so many things in the world around them were changing. Their family has a longstanding tradition to talk about their family values of being STRONG, KIND & GRATEFUL. In the spirit of sharing this message, Nina and Mae braided bracelets and passed them along to anyone nominated. We thank these two inspirational young girls for reminding us all to be strong, kind & grateful!

Cheers to our next 100 Stories of Hope winners: Jon Bohn & Travis Roell from Albiero Plumbing & HVAC. This tear jerker was submitted by one of our favorite orgs, Chix 4 A Cause LTD.

Right before the Safer-At-Home order was put into place, the good folks over at Chix 4 a Cause learned of a woman named Becky in the Hartford area who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Becky told their Gifts of Love team that the one thing she really needed was a new water heater. Hers had been broken for months, and with the rising cost of medical bills, she just wasn’t able to replace it. Plus as a single mom of four kids, the broken water heater made it difficult for the family to do laundry, dishes, and enjoy something as simple as a hot shower.

With the Chix 4 a Cause budget tightened due to the pandemic and a few leads falling through, Jillian over at Chix called Albiero Plumbing to see if they could help. They were on board right away. They offered Chix an incredible discount and came out to Hartford the very next morning (during an extremely busy time) to install the water heater for Becky and her family.

A huge thank you to Albiero Plumbing, Chix 4 a Cause and the incredibly strong, resilient clients they serve! The good folks over at Chix 4 a Cause will be receiving a $10 gift card to Eaton’s Fresh Pizza West Bend as a little token of appreciation for sharing this story.

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Our next 100 Stories of Hope winner is…. Maryah the Goat!

Yep, you heard that right! The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club teamed up to welcome the “Grazing Goats Crew.” These adorable goats are treated to some fine dining: buckthorn and other tasty brushy invasive species! This collaborative effort not only protects soil and water health by avoiding the use of herbicides, it supports farmers, keeps the goats happy with an abundant food source, and allows for some priceless community engagement.

And you guessed it: the Grazing Goats Crew portion of our $5,000 donation will go towards animals! The two-legged crew will be receiving a gift card to Eaton’s Fresh Pizza West Bend!

A special thank you to Connie Pukaite (pictured), an active member of both the M-T Sunrise Rotary Club and OWLT, for making this project a reality!

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