Humane Society Swing for the Shelter

• The Clearing Folk School’s fundraising golf event, “Play ‘Fore!’ The Clearing” Golf Outing at Peninsula Golf Course on June 28 was a success. The Clearing would like to thank the golfers, volunteers, and golf course staff for a great day that supported The Clearing’s mission. The nine-hole scramble, putting contest, and food at Alexander’s Restaurant afterward made for an enjoyable fundraising event. They send out a special thanks to their sponsors including fm106.9 the Lodge, Baylake Bank, Charlie Maring, Kathy Conrad, Tim and Sue Stone, and the Wednesday afternoon Bridge players.

The Clearing, open weekdays from 8 am – 4 pm and weekends from 12 – 4 pm, is located at 1217 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay. For more information call 920.854.4088 or 877.854.3225 or visit

• On Friday, August 6, the Door County Humane Society will host its annual “Swing for the Shelter” fundraiser. The festivities will begin at 6:30 pm under the Big Top by the Bay in Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park.

“This will be an evening to remember – cool, elegant, smooth and classic,” said Carrie Counihan, DCHS’s executive director. “Guests will enjoy the tastiest treats from Door County’s top restaurants and dance to the big-band sounds of the Mr. Big Note Orchestra. We’ll even have accomplished swing dancers on hand to show us all how it’s done!”

Not only is Swing for the Shelter a very special summertime event, it’s a critical fundraiser for the humane society. Memberships and donations make it possible for DCHS to care for more than 200 animals at any one time.

“It costs us nearly $900 each day to continue our operations and services; most people may not realize that less than 5 percent of our funding comes from government sources,” said Counihan. “The support of the Door County community, particularly at events such as Swing for the Shelter, is absolutely essential to our ongoing success.”

According to Counihan, last year’s Swing for the Shelter raised $30,000. DCHS is hoping to raise $50,000 this year.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available by calling 920.746.1111. ($50 of each ticket is tax-deductible and proceeds benefit the humane society.) For more information visit

• The Ephraim Men’s Club will hold its annual Scholarship Benefit Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 – 11 am Saturday, July 31 at the Ephraim Village Hall. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased at the door.

Proceeds from the breakfast, along with contributions from local residents and businesses have allowed the Ephraim Men’s club to award more than $150,000 in scholarships to deserving Gibraltar high school graduating seniors over the past 20 years.

Winners of door prizes donated by community businesses will be announced every 15 minutes during the breakfast.

• On Saturday, July 17, from 1 – 4 pm, the Door County Master Gardeners invite everyone to view the Garden Door. The Garden Next Door (Community Garden) will be manned by five scarecrows and one teacher at the event. Kid’s Art Activities will take place along with plein air painting.

Third Graders from Sunrise and St John Bosco planted six plots in the DCMGA Community Garden on June 7. Four groups of students rotated between four stations: Pioneer Gardens, Native American Plantings, Potatoes 101 (Potato Bank), and Compost/Worm Races. Students are encouraged to weed and water the garden every Tuesday at 10 am.

The 2010 Youth program was funded by grants from the Door County Community Foundation, DCMGA, and the Raibrook Foundation. Students will harvest their crops after the PESTO FESTO on September 17.

The Community Garden is located north of the Garden Door at the UW Peninsular Research Station on Highway 42.

• On July 17, from 9 am – 2 pm, Germaine and Kellie Tayes will host their 2nd annual All-In-One Vendor Event at English Inn in Fish Creek. Silent Auction proceeds from the event will go to the Fish Creek’s First Responders and Sexual Assault Center of Door County. According to the mother-daughter duo, the event holds many surprises.

For more information visit

• Neighbor-to-Neighbor volunteers will be rocking, rolling, and reading on July 24 from 8 am – 12 pm at Sturgeon Bay’s Market Square.

Volunteers are seeking pledges to support their time spent rocking, rolling, and reading. Attendees of the weekly Farmer’s Market are invited to stop by, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about Neighbor-to-Neighbor.

“All our services are provided free of charge. Demand for our services continues to increase and we must be prepared to meet those needs,” states Ann Bennett, Executive Director of Neighbor-to-Neighbor.

It is estimated that the program saved Door County residents more than $400,000 in medical expenses in 2009. With a struggling economy and cuts in medical benefits, Bennett predicts a continued and increased need for the non-profit’s services.

For more information contact Bennett at 920.743.7800.

• Door County’s original community festival, Olde Ellison Bay Days, set records for out-of-county and out-of-state visitors during the last weekend in June.

Festivities began on Friday afternoon, June 25 with the judging of a pie-baking contest at the Ellison Bay Community Center. The weekend included a variety of activities and events, including a local talent show, the Grande Parade, and musical entertainment by Copper Box, Julian Hagan’s Bluegrass Camp, and the Swedish American Children’s Choir.

The weekend featured new attractions, a variety of children’s activities, and an art fair. And of course, there was food and drink – brats boiled in dark beer and grilled to perfection – and strawberry shortcake like grandma used to make.

All in all, despite periodically inclement weather, 2010 Olde Ellison Bay Days was the most successful ever, hosting not only perennial Door County visitors, but also a record contingent of tourists from beyond Door County.

For more information call Jan Jenkins at 920.854.2621 or Bob Murray at 920.421.1753.

• Unity, leaders in hospice and palliative care, announced the receipt of a donation of over $3,000 raised by Phi Delta Theta, the St. Norbert College Chapter of the fraternity, through their 4th Annual Charity Golf Outing.

Held at Royal Scot Golf Course on May 21, the golf outing welcomed active and alumni members and friends of the fraternity as well as supporters of Unity. Charitable giving by the 108 attendees through on-course events and raffles, as well as sponsorship support from the community made the event a success.

Nicole Curran, Unity Executive Director, commented, “We are honored to receive support from Phi Delta Theta, their extended network of alumni and affiliations, as well as the organizations and friends of Unity. This event demonstrates the tremendous backing Unity receives from the community to support the ever-increasing charity care we provide ensuring that those who need our care receive it.”

For more information call 920.338.1111 or visit