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Up North on the Fourth
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Rondele Ranch donates $10,000 to Oneida County Humane Society


Story By Cooper Henckel
Local News Published 07/20/2021 5:03PM, Last Updated 07/20/2021 7:25PM
Rhinelander - Rondele Ranch in Harshaw hosted a big Fourth of July celebration that ended in a massive donation.

"So the end result of Up North on the 4th was we were able to donate $10,000 to the Oneida County Humane Society," said sales and marketing director Vonda Backhaus. "Really excited for them and what they're gonna do with that money."

Up North on the 4th started at 4 p.m. with help provided by volunteers from the Oneida County Humane Society.

"We sold t-shirts, we kinda monitored the grounds, helped with bounce houses, just kind of served as general assistants to the staff and crew at Rondele Ranch and then in turn we received a sizable donation for our efforts," said Heather Collins, administrative director of the OCHS.

Collins says they're fortunate to receive as many donations as they do, often in food and supplies for the pets they house. Taking care of special-needs animals and keeping the building running will be all the easier for them thanks to the donation from Rondele Ranch.

"We know how hard people work for their money and for Rondele Ranch to entrust us with that size of a donation is just incredible," said OCHS treasurer Sue Otis. "We couldn't be more grateful."

The value of events like Up North on the 4th is twofold for the Humane Society: they help keep their doors open and get their name out in the community.

"We want to get out there and talk to the public and let 'em know what our organization does and how we can help them," said Otis.

Backhaus says there's always something coming up out at the ranch.

"So Rondele Ranch throws community events throughout the year," said Backhaus. "We definitely want to focus on giving back to the community and especially nonprofits in the Rhinelander-Tomahawk, Minocqua area."

The OCHS and Rondele Ranch already have another collaboration set for next year.

"We are going to be having our annual Furball Fundraiser right here at the Rondele Ranch next May!" said Otis.

And next week too.

"We'll be at the Rhinelander District Library to work on a pet meet and greet," said Collins.

You can keep track of the Humane Society and Rondele Ranch on their websites or on Facebook.
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