Causes to Celebrate

The first Earth Week celebration in Door County culminated in the planting of 5,000 native trees on Nature Conservancy property by students and volunteers on Arbor Day and April 30, 2016. The Arbor Day plantings were done at the Schoenbrunn Nature Conservancy with volunteers and ecology-minded students from Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar high schools. The April 30 plantings were at the Kangaroo Lake headwaters. Photo by Len Villano.

Rob Moore hosted the Ephraim Yacht Club Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fundraiser. Here he is pictured with Commodore Sibylle Tasker. The event raised $15,000 for scholarship funds. Submitted

Rob Moore. Causes to Celebrate.

Gibraltar Elementary School students were visited by some of the birds from the Open Door Bird Sanctuary on Earth Day 2016. Photo by Len Villano.

On March 3 & 4, 2016, the Women’s Fund of Door County presented the story slam “Tales of Our Lives” with Virge Temme, Gay Pustaver, Laurel Brooks, Cassie Potter Hitzman, Ruby James, Caitlin Oleson, Sally Slattery and Isaiah Spetz. Photo by Pam Maloney.

The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) sponsored three classes in 2016 to train therapy dogs. Therapy dogs visit nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions where therapy dogs are needed. These classes have raised more than $1,500 in 2016 for DCHS. Photo by Pam Maloney.

Therapy Dogs. Causes to Celebrate.

In 2016, 23 runners took the Run For A Cause challenge during the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k. They ran for eight different causes, helping these vital organizations improve lives, the environment, and enrich the arts in Door County. The program gives runners free registration for the race in Peninsula State Park to any runner who raises at least $250 for a local charity. In the six years since the program was launched, runners have raised more than $114,000 for more than 70 different charities. Photo by Len Villano.

(Left to right) Lou Pasquesi, Ralph Blankenburg, Mary Thilly, Roy Thilly, Jack Finger and Land Trust Land Stewardship Manager Amanda Pyke helped manage the non-native Scotch pine at a Land Trust Work Day at their Three Springs Nature Preserve on May 17, 2016. Photo by Len Villano.

The Village Singers, a group of Good Samaritan Scandia Village residents, rehearse weekly and sing four-part arrangements of traditional tunes. While they have sung for local residents, the singers made their public debut May 18, 2016 in the dining room at the Meadows. Photo by Len Villano.

Thirty-three teams of golfers were thinking pink during the annual Pink Classic Golf Tournament on June 5, 2016 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. In 2016, $21,923 was raised at the Pink Classic, which benefits the Sue Baldwin Fund, helping Door County residents who are fighting breast cancer. Sue Baldwin Fund board members Kelly Fagundes and Erin Sutton wear their best and brightest pink in support of the organization. Photo by Len Villano.

Kelly and Erin. Causes to Celebrate.

The 23rd Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival, which raises money for the Maritime Museum, included a cruise on the Chicago Fireboat. The festival raised $15,369 for the museum. Photo by Erin Wehrenberg.

Fireboat Cruise by Erin Wehrenberg. Causes to Celebrate.

A dinner and silent auction were held after the round of golf during the 7th Annual Golf Outing for Boys & Girls Club. A signed Clay Matthews Packer jersey was auctioned off in 2016. More than $40,000 was raised to help cover programming costs for summer and after-school club members. Submitted.

Golf Outing. Causes to Celebrate.

The Door County Master Gardeners Association held an Open House on July 9, 2016 to celebrate the 12th anniversary of their free public display garden, The Garden Door. In addition to viewing the spectacular plantings this garden offers, open house visitors had the opportunity to hear Door County Master Gardener members and local garden enthusiasts discuss a series of interesting topics. Photo by Len Villano.

The 26th Annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, presented by the Door County Maritime Museum, was held August 12 & 13, 2016. This event is for the entire family to take in beautiful classic and wooden boats, watch the two-person team boat building/racing Sixaflex event and more. This year $8,827 was raised. Photo by Steve Reinke.

(Left to right) Betsy Baier, Julie Ploor and Amy Kohnle enjoyed unlimited go-kart rides during the Door-Tran FUN Event. This is Door-Tran’s signature fundraiser of the year to support their transportation services. The event raised $1,475. Submitted.

Go-Karts. Causes to Celebrate.

The Door County bluegrass band Last Man Standing (pictured left to right, John Spitzley, Tad Greene, Jim Blahnik and Terry Murphy) performed on the Washington Island Ferry in July 2016 during a benefit for the Door County Land Trust. Submitted.

Last Man Standing. Causes to Celebrate.

The Door County chapter of the Christ Child Society met for the annual fundraiser luncheon on August 10, 2016 at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor. The event raised more than $5,000 for the society which provides a layette, school supplies, and one-to-one programs to Door County children. Submitted.

Pastor Darrick Kolterjahn volunteered for Neighbor to Neighbor’s St Peter’s Cares Walk on August 20, 2016. The walk raised $1,359. Submitted.

Darrick Kolterjahn August 20 2016. Causes to Celebrate.

The Belgian Heritage Center held a grand opening celebration for its new exhibits on October 8, 2016. The Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation has been planning and fundraising since 2010 to see the development of the buildings and exhibits come together. The organization operates alongside the Peninsula Belgian-American Club. They have a wish list of nine future interactive exhibits, spanning from family history stories to Belgian myths and lore. Photo by Len Villano.

The Door County Maritime Museum’s cedar strip Whitehall from this year’s wooden boatbuilding class made an appearance at Baileys Harbor’s Autumnfest for visitors to enter the raffle to win it. This year, $26,846 was raised. Photo by John Rybski.

Community Church of Fish Creek packed 221 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Photo by Pastor Chris Leonard.

Ridges Sanctuary volunteers Lori and Michael Kemmler helped a Girl Scout troop composed of 15 Gibraltar fourth graders plan, plant, tend and harvest a “pizza” garden in 2016. The Ridges offered the troop a space near the Lower Range Light to grow their garden of basil, oregano, parsley, onions, tomatoes and peppers. Photo by Len Villano.

Open Door Bird Sanctuary Executive Director Rob Hults with Amber the turkey vulture at 2016’s Hoot-e-Nanny on August 25, 2016. The sanctuary is raising funds for the purchase of their land, which is currently on a long-term lease. The event raised $11,000. Photo by Becky Britton.

The Friends of Potawatomi State Park organize Run Wild at the park every year. This year more than 500 participants ran and more than $20,000 was raised. Their goal is to install a new all-accessible fishing pier. Submitted.

Run Wild start. Causes to Celebrate.

2016’s Little Eddie Big Cup, held October 2, raised $18,000. Proceeds were shared equally between the Ed Strege Family Memorial Fund, which provides support to Ed’s widow and young son Oliver, and the Mental Health Awareness Fund, held through the Door County Community Foundation. The fund promotes mental health awareness, supports mental health education and provides mental health care for people in Door County. Oliver Strege, 3, plays around on the putting green during the Little Eddie Big Cup, honoring the memory of his father, Ed Strege. Submitted.

Students at the Southern Door Elementary School spent some time on November 29, 2016 planting a sea of prairie grasses and pollinators next to the school forest. The project, commissioned by the district’s School Forest Committee, will give students the opportunity to watch prairie grasses and wildflowers grow. Photo by Len Villano.

Char Oswald, Terri Schneider and Jennifer Daubner of Green Door Thrift Store accept donations from Altrusans Sharon Brecklin and Pam McCluskey. Photo by Charlie Brecklin.

On November 28, 2016, the Sister Bay Lions Club had an Induction Ceremony for Stacey Bell, the first female member. (Left to right) President Dick Staver, Stacey and her sponsor Lion Clint Robison. Submitted.

Sister Bay Lions Induction. Causes to Celebrate.

Riley and Maggie of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program enjoyed the Holiday Ornament Craft Night for the United Way of Door County. Submitted.

Gibraltar High School’s DECA and Sevastopol Student Council teamed up to organize the annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade & Benefit. In 2016 the students presented Marsha Wilson, Jacksonport resident and Fire Department member, with a check from their Thanksgiving Day Parade fundraiser and a check from the Jacksonport Firefighter’s Association. In addition to supporting Marsha, $1,350 was raised to sponsor Christmas gifts for three families in need and food cards for others. Submitted.

Parade. Causes to Celebrate.

On December 3, 2016, families and friends of Peninsula Preschool were invited to cut their own Christmas trees at Bridenhagen Tree & Landscape. The event raised $1,900 for the preschool. Submitted.

Santa made his annual trip to the Door County Maritime Museum during the Merry-Time Festival Trees to meet children aboard the tug John Purves. Photo by Cory Ampe.

Santa on the Tug 06 by CoryAmpe. Causes to Celebrate.

(Left to right) Will Henriksen, Chip Dickelman, John Koessel, Mike LeClair and Dan Strege make up the processing crew from Henriksen Fisheries. Their hard work provides free whitefish to many local nonprofit fundraisers, including those organized by the Sister Bay Lions Club, Liberty Grove Historical Society, Gibraltar Baseball, Sten Kordon Benefit, Washington Island Lions Club, Nor-Door Legion Baseball and Washington Island American Legion. Submitted.

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