RHINELANDER - $335,000 might sound like a jackpot for the lotto, but that's how much Rhinelander's Kiwanis Club has raised for community projects over the last 30 years.
There are Kiwanis clubs all over the world, but each one focuses on its own community's needs.
For the Rhinelander club, its Winter Escapes Fundraiser is especially important for community projects.
"It's one of the best events of the year. People love to come year after year. We have a lot of people who have been coming for years. They look forward to it. We have a blast there. And as you say, the best part is all the money we raise goes back into the community," said Rhinelander Kiwanis President Dave Havel.
Money from past fundraisers went towards projects like the art classroom at ArtStart, the playground at Pioneer Park and the greenhouse at the Rhinelander Food Pantry.
The club doesn't know exactly what this year's project will be, but some money will go toward landscaping at ArtStart.
"We usually pick projects and items throughout the year. In addition, we support all sort of children's programs. We support the YMCA. As they say, "youth focused," is really what we do," said Havel.
As of this morning, there were only 50 tickets left for the March 4th fundraiser; tickets are 40 dollars.
Havel says your best bet to get one is to go to People's State Bank on Lincoln Street.
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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