EAGLE RIVER - Networking can make or break any organization.
Businesses need new customers.
And non-profits need new donors.
That's why the two groups combined to host the 5th annual Eagle River Festival of Flavors.
The festival raises money for the Eagle River Revitalization Project.
Eagle River Revitalization Program Director John Seward says, "A lot of what it's about is about fundraising for this park. And we've done about $10,000 worth of improvements to this park over the past few years, say five to ten years."
But they need to raise a lot more money.
Seward says the group has a page-and-a-half long list of improvements they still need to make.
Some of those improvements include adding permanent grills and renovating the historic fish hatchery.
The festival also helps the 40-plus Wisconsin vendors get their names out to the public.
People from all over the Midwest attend the event.
"We do pull quite a few people. A lot of people have been here year after year. They know it's a good product and a good event, and they continue to come over and over," says Seward.
Organizers expected 4,000 people to attend the festival.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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