In my last blog post, I talked about the community events that Festival has been involved with this summer. I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you more about the recent Grocers on the Green Golf Outing. This year’s outing was a great success, raising more than $100,000! Events like this don’t happen without our amazing vendor partners and they deserve a big thank you for their support. Not only do our vendors make sure our Festival stores are always stocked with great stuff, but they also truly understand our Servant Leadership culture at Festival. It makes me proud to call our business partners “friends” and know they share the same passion for making the community a better place. So where does all that money go, you ask? Well, 80% of the monies raised are donated to The Einstein Project. The Einstein Project is a nonprofit organization partnering with schools and communities to provide leadership and support for science education in Wisconsin. The donations they receive are used to provide science kits to schools, which in turn allow schools to provide an exemplary hands-on science curriculum for students. The Einstein Project staff also plays an important role in organizing the Grocers on the Green events. Pulling together the volunteers, auction and raffle items, signage, and on-course science experiments is no easy feat and they did it flawlessly. One of the neat experiments on the course this year was eating graham crackers frozen in liquid nitrogen – very comical to see golfers with smoke coming out of their noses! The remaining 20% of the monies raised are placed in our Festival Foods Foundation and those funds are distributed to a variety of family-focused community events throughout the coming year. It feels great to wrap up another fun summer of community involvement and I look forward to doing it all again next year!
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