Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Heart-A-Rama Rocks!

The totals are in, and boy...did the Lakeshore do a great job this year. We raised $126,500.00 for the American Heart Association of Wisconsin! Not bad, huh? 10% stays right here in Manitowoc to furnish schools and other places where large groups gather with AED's, Automatic Expernal Defibrillators. The rest stays in Wisconsin and is earmarked for education and research. Our little communities have proudly contributed over a million dollars to this cause, and we are ever so near to closing the door on the second million. If the fund-raising dollars remain consistent, we will reach that goal within the next two years.

If you're reading this and are new to the HAR experience, I'll just say that this wing-ding began 39 years ago - the brainchild of several local volunteers. The concept wasn't warmly received that first year, and the founders literally went bar to bar, trying to sell the $2.00 tickets. Just look what they created!

The above photo was snapped from the upper deck of our new home, the Community House in Two Rivers. I wonder if any of those folks were in the first audience?

Plans for HAR 2009 are well underway. We picked a theme last night, and now the writing begins.