Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving from your friends and classmates at The ’82 Project!
We wanted to take a minute and give thanks to everyone that participated in our first year as a non-profit organization. Without your support, emotional, physical and monetary, we would not have been able to accomplish the things we accomplished this year. In 2013 (and it’s not over) we have raised nearly $10,000 in personal donations from friends, family, classmates and business owners. Congratulations to you for giving us life and the ability to call our efforts a HUGE success.
But it’s not over! We are just getting started and we have a lot planned for the coming year.
2013 in review;
- We were born from an idea of helping our classmates and others in the community that helped mold each of us.
- We created a website and portal for you to keep up to date on the happenings of our organization and to join in at any time.
- We developed a scholarship for a graduating senior at Whitefish Bay High School. We call it the C.H.O.I.C.E. award. Along with other benefits such as honorary membership to the Class of 1982, it is a $500 award per year for 4 years.
- We chose our winner and have built a strong and what we believe will be a long and lasting relationship with her and her family.
- We started the 2nd Friday of the month club where classmates have come from all corners of the country and gather for some great conversation, bonding and lots of laughs.
- We held our 1st annual “Swine Social” at Doctor’s park and had a good turnout for such a short notice…..and even managed to raise a bit of money for our organization.
- Geoff Heeren logged over 2000 miles on his motorcycle journey from Atlanta to Milwaukee for the Harley 110th Anniversary Celebration, collecting donations for every state he traveled through.
- We have been able to provide assistance and support to several classmates who, in 2013, had unforeseen challenges knock on their door.
- We have grown our network of volunteers to include dozens of 1982 graduates, friends and family members.
As you can see, we have been pretty busy. But like we said earlier, we are just getting started!
Here is what’s on tap in the coming months and for 2014;
- We will continue our Scholarship Award in 2014 and select another winner sometime in late April for an award to be given in May. It will be the same Award with a total of $2000 to be given to an individual over 4 years. We hope to expand our offering and make several awards in the coming years that would include assistance for non-college-bound individuals that may be attending a trade school, nursing school or even a specialty educational path. We are also committed to bringing about awareness and support for some of the issues that many children are dealing with…like depression, bullying, feelings of isolation and even mental health awareness.
- We have selected a date and location for our 2nd Annual “Swine Social”. Mark your calendars for June 21st, 2014 and make sure you remember the directions to Kletzsch Park. It’s a Saturday and sure to be an exciting day and a “mini-reunion”. Details for the picnic will be coming shortly and will be posted on our website and facebook pages.
- We are starting up a new event this year, an All Alumni, Co Ed softball tournament. This event will be held in conjunction with the “Swine Social” on the same date and location. Class members from the graduating classes of 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983 have already committed to fielding teams. We have asked the faculty and graduating class of 2014 to field teams as well. If all goes well, we should have 8 teams this first year and a healthy crowd for the picnic. If you are interested in joining the team, coaching, umpiring or just volunteering let us know. We will need plenty of hands on deck.
- Our 2nd Friday club is thriving and has had special appearances from classmates from all over the country. Most recently Mark Scrimenti graced us with his presence (up from Chicago) and shared some of his experience on our website. Check it out when you get a minute.
- We also found a friend and classmate that has gotten involved in a group of North Shore parents, teachers and professionals to help bring awareness to the social pressures of being a High School student. The group is called “RED2” (red squared) and you’ll be able to find more information regarding its mission on our webpage in the coming weeks.
- We will continue to provide a wide range of support to classmates in need as well as to the WFBHS and the WFB community.
Our note wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t ask for your continued support and donations. Please give a little bit this Holiday season and help us to continue supporting our future Alumni, our Alma Mater, the WFB Community and our fellow classmates. We have made a great difference in the short time we have been together and can’t wait to see what more we can accomplish in 2014!!
Thank you once again for your support and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a joyous Holiday Season.
Your Classmates at The ’82 Project,
Geoff Heeren, Beth Brahe, Jon Wallace, John O’Neil, Jeff Urdan, Lori Ventura, David Jacobson and Kathleen (Cavanaugh) Richmond
770-329-6059 (Geoff Cell)