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'Dairy Cares' Raises Over $240K for Children's Hospital
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/01/2019

A non-profit organization established by leaders of Wisconsin's dairy industry has reached another huge milestone. Last week, sponsors of Dairy Cares of Wisconsin have collectively raised over $241,500 during its annual garden party in De Pere. That brings total overall contributions to $1.28 million over the last nine years--nearly all of which has been donated to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

"What unites virtually all of us is that we have either been personally touched by Children's Hospital or know someone who has," says Jim Ostrom, Dairy Cares co-founder and Wisconsin dairyman. "In 2018, we reached a milestone, having raised a lifetime total of more than $1 million for Children's Hospital. Now we reached another milestone with nearly a quarter of a million raised at the garden party."

Nearly every dollar donated to the organization goes directly to the hospital's general fund. Ostrom says these funds, which are made on behalf of the dairy community and its supporting industries, represents a heart-felt commitment to positively impacting Wisconsin children and their families who seek the medical excellence provided at the renowned pediatric care center during the toughest of times.

For its generosity, the medical center gave naming rights of its new simulation lab to Dairy Cares in 2018.

The Dairy Cares committee chose Children's Hospital as their recipient because of its broad reach. Headquartered in Milwaukee, the facility provides statewide care through 40 different locations.

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