Ellison Bay Service Club Helped Families Heat Homes

Kim Shumway (right), president of the Ellison Bay Service Club, places the $2,000 check in the donation cup held by Jane Lee of Ellison Bay’s Brew Coffeehouse, as daughter Jennifer Lee looks on.

In December, the Ellison Bay Service Club contributed $2,000 to Door County Secret Santa in their effort to help families heat their homes.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Jane Lee who, with her daughter, Jennifer, co-owns and operates Brew Coffeehouse in Ellison Bay.

This year, Door County has experienced one of the coldest winters in recent memory, and the $17,000 in donations collected by the Lees helped 34 families weather the cold.

This is a true grassroots effort. “Most donations are small,” Jennifer says. “We got almost 40 percent of the total…in small bills and coins dripped in a coffee cup on our counter.”

The Ellison Bay Service Club’s $2,000 donation, authorized by its membership, was not small change. “But it does represent lots of smaller contributions by all of our members and, indirectly, everyone who comes to the Olde Ellison Bay Days festival each year,” said Ellison Bay Service Club president Kim Shumway.

For more information about Door County Secret Santa call 920.421.1559, or for more about the service club call Bob Murray at 920.421.1753.

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