Saturday’s Mountain Top Beerfest at Alpine Valley to benefit Holiday Help program

By Tracy Ouellette

SLN Staff

East Troy Family Community and Resource Center Program Director Marolyn Komperud says the Holiday Help of East Troy program is on track and it’s time for the community to step up.

“The application period ended last week and we’re helping 72 families this year,” she said. “Things are going well and all our giving sites are open now.”

Komperud encourages people who wanted to donate stocking stuffers to drop off the new, unwrapped gifts at Rhode’s Towing-Repair-Sales (through Dec. 11) Snap Fitness (through Dec. 10) and Wanezek Family Dentistry (through Dec. 13).

Items needed include: children’s pajamas/socks and underwear in sizes toddler through young adult, children’s hygiene products (soaps, scrubbies, hair ties, shampoo/ conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrushes), new books, and gift cards for teens in $10 increments from 2849 Main, Cousin’s, Gus’s Drive-In, McDonalds, Movie Theatres, Skating, Subway, Walmart, etc.

“We have a lot of teens and preteen this year,” Komperud said. “More than I can ever remember. We’re looking for things like age-appropriate movies and young adult books, movie passes and gift certificates for these kids. I have more than 65 middle school and high school age kids this year, so we really do have a higher number of older kids in need this Christmas.”

Monetary donations are always needed for the $50 grocery and $20 gas cards the families receive, Komperud said.

“We’ve found this really helps the families out this time of year, so we make sure each family has this,” she said.

Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation to support local families in need can send check to: East Troy Family Community Resource Center, P.O. Box 962, East Troy, WI 53120. Note that the donation is for the Holiday Help Program.

The East Troy Family Community Resource Center is a not for profit registered 501C3 organization.

Other giving locations

Giving trees for wrapped donations of gifts for local children will be located at East Troy Bible Church, Good Shepherd Church, Realty Executives Integrity on the Square, and St. Peter’s Catholic Church and School until Dec. 10.

A giving tree to purchase gifts for residents of East Troy Manor will be located at Associated Bank in East Troy starting Monday, November 20th with wrapped donations due no later than Friday, December 22nd.

Toy collection barrels for the East Troy Lion’s Club new Toy Drive will be located at Citizens Bank, Dollar General, First Citizens State Bank and Frank’s Piggly Wiggly East Troy from Nov. 20 through Dec. 11.

The East Troy Lioness will be collecting hats, gloves, socks and slippers at First Citizens State Bank from now through Friday, Dec. 8.

Citizens Bank East Brooke Branch will be collecting donations of new children’s through young adult pajamas, socks and underwear now through Dec. 11.

Fundraiser on Dec. 2

Alpine Valley Resort and the Resource Center are teaming up in for the Mountain Top Beerfest fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the resort.

The event will benefit the Holiday Help program. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets are $25 for daily ski pass holders.

The event will feature a variety of beers, appetizers, raffles and gift baskets.

For more information, call 262-642-4909.


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