Get out and enjoy your summer!
Don’t despair — summer isn’t over yet! Maybe a few cool days will creep in now and then but there is still plenty of action to fill your calendar with fun things to do1
Starting off the weekend, on Friday, August 28, radio station WRJO, 94.5 FM, is hosting a Brat Fry at the station in Eagle River. The brats are free in exchange for a donation made to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Eagle River VFW.
Brats will be dressed in catsup and mustard with optional sauerkraut available. “The Brat Fry Drive-In” will be held from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM or until the food runs out. Be sure to come early to sink your teeth into a juicy brat!
A heads up - WRJO and the Eagle River VFW are teaming up once more to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project for the First Annual Polish Bear Plunge, Saturday, September 5, at the VFW on Highway 70.
Think this is an opportunity to “plunge” while its warm out? Wrong! The plunge will be in a swimming pool filled with ice to give that oh-so chilling 40 degree feeling.
The plunge begins at 1:00 PM, rain or shine, and plungers are collecting pledges for the Wounded Warrior Project. A minimum of $35 in pledges is required to participate in the plunge. Forms are available online at the WRJO website.
The VFW will be serving food and beverages during the event. Parking will be available at the cranberry factory across the street from the VFW. Visit WRJO’s website or call (715) 479-4451 and ask for Mike Wolf with questions or for more details. You can also contact Mike by email.
Then it's a good ole pig roast at Sportsmen’s Chalet on Saturday, August 29, at the 19th Annual Pig Roast benefitting the St. Germain Bo-Boen and Lake Tomahawk New-Tom Sno Fleas snowmobile clubs.
The event begins at 2:00 PM with raffle former prizes and tickets sales for the $100 raffle tickets sold to raise money for these great clubs.Only 150 are being sold and the drawing for the cash raffle is at 7:00 PM at Sportsmen’s and the winner need not be present.
Gary’s mouth-watering roasted pig will be served beginning at 5:30 PM for $11.50 per person. For more information, call Laurel at (715) 479-8788. Sportsmen’s Chalet is located at 5205 Old Highway 70, Eagle River.
The Wounded Warrior Project
Not all that familiar with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)? This veteran’s service organization was founded by John Melia in Roanoke, VA, a veteran who was severely injured while serving in Somalia in 1992.
Melia originally began by packing backpacks for injured veterans that were in Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army hospital. These backpacks were filled with daily necessities such as T-shirts, socks, underwear, toiletries, hygiene items, CD players and playing cards. By 2013, more than 16,000 backpacks were distributed.
As the organization developed, it took on a broader role in providing wounded veterans with compensation, education, health care, insurance, housing, employment, etc. when it became a stand alone charity agency in 2005.
Its mission became, “to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.”
In 2006 WWP moved its headquarters to Jacksonville, FL and today WWP has offices in 17 cities across the United States. If you would like more facts about what the Wounded Warrior Project, visit the Wikipedia page or the Wounded Warrior webpage.