The Annual "Salvation Army Bucket Brigade," sponsored by KFIZ radio, will take place on Friday, Dec. 7. Mid-States Aluminum is the featured Kettle Match Company and will match donations that day up to $2,500.
"We're very excited about the event" say Denise Shaffer, of The Salvation Army. "We will be honoring Veterans of Pearl Harbor through the volunteer efforts of members of the Fond du Lac VFW Post. They have been organized by Bob Plummer to help carry Red Kettles to cars that slow down and offer donations." Other "celebrities" on hand "to give a hand" will be Miss Fond du Lac Heather Klewicki; City Manager Joe Moore; Mike Cluff, general manager of the Retlaw Hotel (formerly the Ramada Hotel); Police Chief Bill Lamb; Lt. Rob Duveneck and other officers of the Fond du Lac City Police Department; and Firefighters from the Fond du Lac Fire Department.
Salvation Army Officers, Lieutenants Steve and Telinda Wilson will be there, and Advisory Board members Ed Barnes (otherwise known as Santa Claus,) Jerrae DeLap of the Retlaw Fitness Center, Heather Bowen of the Agnesian Cancer Center, team members from Mid-States Aluminum, and Jill and Byron Pegram of Jack's Team Sports, will be on hand to collect donations from passing automobiles.
Wade Bates of KFIZ Radio says he loves this event. "We have a great time and love supporting this fund-raising effort for The Salvation Army every year!" The radio station has, in the last 10 years, through its promotion and the supportive response from the community and companies such as Mercury Marine, Osborne Trucking and this year Mid-States Aluminum, raised more than $40,000 in support of The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. "Generally we raise between three and four thousand dollars on that one morning," he continues.
"The kettle campaign is lagging behind this year by $7,000. So we hope that donors will really step up to the plate, slow down and make a generous contribution."
This year a special gift of an NFL football, signed by Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings, and donated by Fond du Lac A & W owner Jim Bradjdic, will be given to the first individual donor who drops $200 or more into a red kettle and says "Go Pack Go!"
It is the mission of The Salvation Army to meet human needs in God's name without discrimination. To find out how you can help accomplish that mission through donations of time, service and money, or to help with the "Bucket Brigade," individuals are encouraged to call The Salvation Army at 923-8220 and ask for Denise Shaffer.