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Donations to Warm The Children (WTC), a program sponsored by the Vilas County News-Review to provide winter clothing for needy children in Vilas County, and Three Lakes and Sugar Camp in Oneida County, have exceeded the 2013 fundraising goal of $55,000, according to News-Review Publisher Kurt Krueger.

“We exceeded the goal by a couple of thousand dollars,” said Krueger. “This additional amount will be beneficial to the start of the 2014 program, seeing that most of the shopping is done long before we reach our fundraising goals.”

“It is with a grateful heart that I say thank you to our amazing community,” said Sharina Adams, program coordinator. “Especially in these tough economic times, the News-Review’s readership has responded in an astoundingly generous way to our call for financial help.”

There are many programs that seek financial help during the holidays, but the Warm The Children program continues to be well accepted.

“Donations surged from our community, with some individuals and organizations even contributing for the second time this season, and our goal was reached.”

An attractive feature of the program that helps  organizations and individuals to decide to contribute is the fact that all administrative fees are paid by the News-Review.

“A very common comment heard from area residents,” said Adams, “is that they really like knowing that 100% of their donations will be applied to clothing area children, and it makes them more willing to contribute.”

Various fundraisers added to the success of the program, including a spaghetti supper at Friendship House, a cookie sale at Kalmar Center sponsored by Senior Eagle River Volunteer Enterprise, and a bake sale at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital spearheaded by Alicia Evensen, laboratory department supervisor.

“The program also has been the recipient of donations from many other avenues, ranging from local Lions Clubs, VFWs and local businesses to cantatas, me­morials and in lieu of Christmas gifts, and employer matching-funds programs.

This year, a near-record 550 children, newborn through age 17, received as­sistance from the program.

“Area parents are very aware of this much-needed program and will be watching for sign-up forms next fall,” added Adams. “I am grateful that, thanks to people in the caring community in which we live, we will be able to again sponsor the program starting October 2014.”

Adams said there are several other key components to the program.

“The program would not even be possible without the aid of Vilas County Social Services, Shopko Hometown and Glik’s store in Eagle River,” said Adams. “They have greatly en­hanced the program by their efficiency, courtesy and willingness to do what it takes to make it the success it is.”

Especially important and key to the success of the program are the 62 volunteer shoppers who unselfishly gave of their time this year to assist families with shopping.

“I am grateful to each and every one of these shoppers,” said Adams. “Whether they had the time to shop for one family or many, their generosity is greatly appreciated and I thank them all for their assistance. Many of them have helped with the program for many years, and new shoppers are always welcome.”

WTC operates under the auspices of the Eagle River Rotary Foundation as a 501(c)(3) organization.

“Tax-deductible donations may be made year-round and will be applied toward next year’s program, allowing us to send children shopping as soon as the cold weather begins next fall,”­ said Adams.

Donations may be mailed to Vilas County News-Review, P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521, or dropped off at the News-Review office at 425 W. Mill St. in Eagle River.

In addition to ­a­no­nymous donors, donations were re­ceived Dec. 13-Dec. 27 from residents of the following communities.

Conover: Philip and Carol Anetsberger, Thomas A. Gelb, Tom and Pat Lamon, and Joe and Mimi Muehlbach.

Eagle River: Bill and Jackie Anderson, Bookwormettes in honor of Dorothy Curran, Christ Lutheran School from students and staff, Brett and Laurie Edwards, Eagle Floor Inc., Charles and Marilou Gilman, Mayme Hoffman, Lee Krajewski family, Robert and Carol Krieger, Carol and Mike Pekarek, Nan Pophal, Keith Slizewski and VFW Post 8637.

Land O’ Lakes: Hope Lutheran Church, and Betsy Bleicher in memory of Joan and Richard Peterson.

Phelps: Lori Collins.

Presque Isle: Peter and Kathleen Esche.

Rhinelander: Wipfli LLP.

St. Germain: Rose­mary Geier, Richard Liberski, Rose Myers, Stan and Marlene Rakowski, Jean Richards, Georgiana Southwick, St. Germain Lioness Club, Kathy and Arlo Tesmer, and The Breakfast Girls — Lynne, Judy, Ida and Monica.

Three Lakes: Rena Beyer and Edith Reiter trust.

Sayner: James and Kay Prigge.

Star Lake: Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Sandman.

Other Wisconsin cities: Marty and Kelli Heindel, Appleton; B.J. Panke in memory of Arnold and Bernie Panke, and Bernard and Helen Young, Belleville; Mary Keane and Marvin Kalmbacher, Cudahy; Rob and Kathy Lauer, Elm Grove; Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Green Bay; Joe and Wendy Kopinski, Greenfield; Tony and Kathy Mattson, Mt. Pleasant; Joseph McAdams, Mukwonago; and Arline Aschenbrenner in memory of Tony Aschenbrenner.

Other states: Kimberly Schmidt, Oro Valley, Ariz.; James G. Schmidt, Tucson, Ariz.; Anthony and Susan Catania, Chicago, Ill.; Ms. Terry Brown, Evergreen Park, Ill.; and Jim, Karen, Lauren, Rachel and Julia Zima, in honor of Barb and George Zima, St. Charles, Ill.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:14 AM

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