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.
MINOCQUA - By the time most of us finish breakfast, we already start planning what to eat for lunch.
For some kids all around the world, that next meal sometimes never comes.
The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.
Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.
Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.
The goal is 175,000 packed meals.
Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.
"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.
Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.
The food packages will be shipped off to anywhere from Honduras to Mozambique.
Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.
"It's just a great, fun community event. I think the kids especially take something away that they are giving beyond themselves," said Food for Kidz sponsor and Lakeland Union High School Spanish teacher Karen Roerich.
Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.
The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.
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