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Tomorrow’s Hope has a great kickoff

May 15, 2019

JEFFERSON -- On April 24, Tomorrow’s Hope kicked off team sign-ups for Hope Fest 2019.

This year marks the 22nd consecutive year for the annual Hope Fest event, which will take place on Saturday, July 20 at Rotary Park in Jefferson. Event activities will include the Survivor’s Walk, Yarn Extravaganza, Ride With a Buddy, Hero Hustle Kids’ Fit, Night Light Bicycle Ride, Human Foosball Tournament, Blind Volleyball, Kids’ Zone, Fun Float, Craft and Vendor Fair, music by Duke Otherwise and Ripple Effect, food and much more.

Tomorrow’s Hope invites anyone interested in having a team to do so by the deadline, June 25. Teams are comprised of family members, friends, co-workers, church or community members. Team members are asked to raise money to support local healthcare organizations that support local communities. A team can consist of as many people as desired, whether it is two people or 100 people. Todd Wiedenhoeft, Tomorrow’s Hope Team Coordinator, commented “Giving the gift of time and support to loved ones touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other life-limiting illnesses is the greatest gift you can give. Having a team will show your loved ones you care. You will have fun and make a difference at the same time!”

To learn more about how you can start a team, visit www.tomorrowshope.org or call 920-674-8967. Team packets can be picked up at the Tomorrow’s Hope office at 230 S. Main St. or at Rainbow Hospice Care at 147 W. Rockwell St. in Jefferson.

“Starting a team is a great way to connect with family and friends, find personal healing and to give back to the community in a powerful way,” Weidenhoeft said.

Everyone that attended the team kick-off meetings had their names entered for some fabulous prizes. The winners include Pastor Kellen Roggenbuck, United Immanuel Methodist Church; Melissa Endl, Fort HealthCare team member; and Barb Kasper, Team Fisher team member.

Wiedenhoeft stated, “We are excited to have teams like Team Fisher and Fort HealthCare join us again this year, and we’re excited to have new teams like United Immanuel Methodist Church participate with a team for the first time. They all, like so many others, understand the power of the emotional healing that takes place when you participate in Hope Fest.”

Barb Endl, Executive Director of Tomorrow’s Hope stated, “For so many of us, we changed when illness touched our lives. Now, through Tomorrow’s Hope, we can be a part of something positive. Having or being a part of a team is a powerful way to send a message, find healing and make a difference.”

Anyone interested in learning more about starting their own team should contact Todd at todd@tomorrowshope.org with questions, to schedule a meeting, or to create a team page.

Five-Star Sponsors for Hope Fest 2019 include Fort HealthCare, St. Vincent de Paul of Jefferson, and Johnsonville.

All Hope Fest events will benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, a local organization that helps people from Southeastern Wisconsin. Tomorrow’s Hope was formed in 1998 when a group of local volunteers met to organize a fundraiser that would have a direct impact on the people of Southeastern Wisconsin who are touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other life-limiting illnesses. To strengthen their commitment to Southeastern Wisconsin, Tomorrow’s Hope formed a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation.

Today, hundreds of volunteers and sponsors contribute to the success of Tomorrow’s Hope, which has granted more than $4.2 million to Southeastern Wisconsin healthcare organizations in 21 years. Tomorrow’s hope is committed:

-- To supporting programs that have an impact on people in the communities that support it.

-- To furthering scientific research that seeks a cure or effective treatment for life-limiting illness.

-- To bolstering educational initiatives that will provide additional or new knowledge about preventative measures to combat diseases.

-- To strengthening efforts to provide medical and emotional support for patients and their family.

Accountability is important to Tomorrow’s Hope. Each grant recipient signs a contract with the organization stating they must:

-- Give a presentation to the board of directors, volunteers and community members telling them how they would use the grant dollars, who it would serve and what communities would be impacted by the results.

-- Send a report on or before Jan. 15 each year to give an update on the grant project.

For more information, check out www.tomorrowshope.org or Tomorrow’s Hope on Facebook.