January 29, 2020
The United Way of Marathon County will recognize companies and individuals on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 as they celebrate their 90th year. Individuals and companies will be honored and recognized for their work in the community. One lucky donor will drive away with a brand-new Fiat Spider Convertible. 90 years ago, the Great Depression had its grip on the country which caused 1350 banks to fail. The US had its worst ever drought resulting in The Dust Bowl. Gas cost 10 cents a gallon and United Way was created to make a difference in the lives of people in our community. United Way will recognize their Advocate of the Year, Dana Kamke, teacher, from the Mosinee School District. A few years ago Ms. Kamke taught a homelessness unit in her classroom and took her class to area shelters in Wausau on a field trip. The students learned the importance of meeting basic needs for all people and wondered what could they do to make a difference. The students, realized there was a need at their school for students to have food at home on the weekends. Ms. Kamke started a food pantry in the Mosinee Middle School and is now exploring adding another pantry in the elementary school. She has involved students in the project to stock shelves, pack meals and gather donations. Also at the Award Luncheon a grand prize winner will drive away with a new car. The car was out and about during the campaign, visiting companies and at multiple community events. There were 5,385 individuals who qualified for the sweepstakes. On December 18, 10 finalists were drawn at random and invited to attend the luncheon.