Your Letters: June 26

5:15 PM, Jun. 25, 2013  |  Comments
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Golf outing thank you

The Boys & Girls Club of Door County would like to reflect on our very successful, fourth annual Celebrity golf outing held on June 11 at the prestigious Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.

We have many to thank for the outcome of this event that has helped raise more than $40,000 for the youth of Door County which brings the four-year support from this event over $140,000 for the Club.

All these funds stay in Door County to help support the Club, which now serves about 250 youngsters.

This fundraiser could not have achieved such wonderful results without our presenting sponsor, Jim Olson Motors, our Major sponsor, Triangle Distributing, our 4 Hole-in-one sponsors - Witt Ford, Baylake Bank, Dave and Gini Roback, and Sahs Auto Inc. - our lunch sponsor, Bel Gioioso Cheese, and our 30 tee/green sponsors.

Our thanks also go out to our Door County newspapers and radio stations for their excellent coverage; without their assistance we could never have reached out to so many people.

Appreciation goes out to our emcee, Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer and our live auctioneer, Nick Freimuth, and also to all who donated items for the live and silent auction and the generous bidders who contributed to the success of the outing.

And then, there are our Boys & Girls Club CPO, Heather Powell; Julie Davis, program director; and the volunteers who plan, work, organize and set up for this great event.

We truly appreciate our celebrities for traveling, at their own expense, to be with us, and we extend a heartfelt thank you to the following: Chris Greisen, Nick Greisen, Bob Harlan, Doug Hart, Jerry Kramer, Mark Murphy, Joel Przybilla, Harry Sydney and Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer.

Last but not least, we thank our Door County golfers for their ongoing support plus all the other golfers from Green Bay, the Fox Cities, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis and beyond to support our cause.

All of you are so appreciated, we couldn't have done this without your support. Thank you, each and every one of you.

Dave Resch, Willie Schartner and Dave Pape

Boys & Girls Club of Door County Celebrity Golf Outing

Humane Society needs our help

We have adopted several cats from the Door County Humane Society and they are wonderful pets. Door County Humane is a no-kill shelter.

The Door County Humane Society is the only organization in the county charged with the responsibility of caring for lost and homeless animals of the community and our old building was bursting at the seams. Lost, abandoned and mistreated animals, prospective pet owners, volunteers and staff members had filled the facility beyond capacity. As DCHS struggled to keep pace with growing need, it became clear that years of heavy use had taken its toll on the building which had become a health hazard. The facility needed to be replaced.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of many volunteers and generosity of numerous donors, DCHS was able to begin construction on a new facility last year. The project is almost complete, but financial assistance is needed to ensure the new building is mortgage-free. DCHS cannot meet the day- to-day needs of the animals it serves and pay for a mortgage.

Your assistance is desperately needed, and contributions of any size will help DCHS continue to care for the community's animals while finding them loving homes. Please consider donating today to the Take Acton for Deserving Animals campaign.

Please send your contribution to the Door County Humane Society, 3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.

Bob and Judie Moeller

Sturgeon Bay

A special occasion

My family and I would like to take a moment to thank Sturgeon Bay High School, Mr. Nickel, Mr. Stutting and Mrs. Rankin from the bottom of our hearts for everything extra that they did to make graduation something we will always cherish.

We couldn't have asked for one thing to have been handled any more professionally and sensitively than it was. Thank you, Mr. Nickel and Mr. Stutting, for your quick response to a single phone call and the care in arranging the "best seat in the house."

Thank you, Mr. Stutting, for your attention to the details of Skype and providing the backup, even with so many other things to attend to on an already busy day. Thank you, Mrs. Rankin, for your concern and caring and for being my "go-to" person!

THANK YOU: two small words to convey infinite gratitude. The graduation ceremony was beautiful for everyone; for our family it was extra special through your acts of kindness. God bless you all for everything you did.

Julie L. Ploor

Sturgeon Bay

Kindness appreciated

To the anonymous gentleman who found my debit card on the ground outside the Government Center and turned it in:

I cannot thank you enough for your kind deed. Your honesty and willingness to take the time to help a stranger are very much appreciated. You found and turned it in even before I realized that it was missing!

I can only imagine what might have happened if you had not been the one to come across it. I will be sure to pay your act of kindness forward in as many ways as I can. Thank you!

Erin Szakala

Baileys Harbor

Every mammal needs shelter, food and water to survive. An animal's environmental balance reflects in its personality. When animals have poor living conditions, it affects their moods and health, just like humans. The old Door County Humane Society (DCHS) building was not able to offer a very good living situation to our community's animals. It was hard on both the animals and the humans who cared for them.

Knowing there needed to be a change, the DCHS board of directors decided to build a new and sustainable animal shelter for the betterment of the animals, employees, volunteers and future adopters. The new animal shelter has a lot more space than the old building. For instance, the cats now roam freely in one of several catteries instead of being kept in cages. They can socialize with other cats with similar temperaments instead of being isolated in cages.

The new intake area is a calming area that makes the arrival process much less stressful for both the animals and the humans who bring them. The new DCHS facility is so clean and welcoming with plenty of room for potential adopters to play with the animals and get to know them.

My family adopted a shelter dog about 18 months ago, and she is one of the best things that ever happened to us. She is so much fun, and I can't imagine our family without her.

I am very grateful that DCHS takes such good care of the homeless and unwanted pets in our county. I am happy that individuals and families have the chance to bring home a wonderful, loving pet so that they get to experience what we have in our family.

Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the DCHS capital campaign. The shelter still needs your help, though, in order to cover all the costs of the building renovation and addition. The smallest of donations can go a long way. Please consider making a financial contribution to the TaDa Campaign - Take Care of Deserving Animals.

Olivia Van Den Heuvel

Eighth grade, Southern Door Middle School

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