P.A.T.H. Aims High with Fundraiser

Ten years ago a small group of parents of children with special needs got together and formed P.A.T.H. (Promoting Access to Help for Families With Special Needs).

“We started out small and have grown based on the ever-increasing needs of families in our community. We hope to continue to grow and help support children with special needs,” said P.A.T.H. member Brenda Olsen. “It’s amazing how many people are touched by some type of disability.”

P.A.T.H. provides resource and referral information, advocacy support, programs and events for children and adults with special needs and their parents.

The group is holding a fundraiser from 3 to 7 pm on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay.

“We want to bring some educational things to Door County,” Olsen said, mentioning that the group has already been in touch with Temple Grandin, a highly sought-after speaker who is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. She is also a professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University and a designer of humane livestock handling systems (she designed a system for Waseda Farms in Baileys Harbor).

The P.A.T.H. benefit will include auctions, raffles (including a gun raffle) and live music by Mike Raye. In addition to the benefit, $5 per meal will be donated when anyone orders from the special menu at the Lodge at Leathem Smith from 4 to 11 pm.

For more information on P.A.T.H., visit the website at, call 920.559.6217 or email [email protected].