March 22, 2015 e-Mail Update

Scholarship Winners; Softball and Swine Social; Opening for an Officer; Passings

In the months since The ’82 Project last reached out by e-mail to everyone, many newsworthy developments have occurred. Please read below and you’ll be brought up to speed as we enter a busy spring and summer season.

Update on Scholarships
Our first two CHOICE Scholarship winners — Marissa Lovell (2013) and Davey Gwidt (2014) — both are making wonderful progress and creating impact in their communities.

Marissa (above) now pursues pre-med studies at Marquette University and recently gave a candid talk about dealing with anorexia that was covered in this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  The ’82 Project takes great pride in Marissa’s leadership on this important issue and her involvement with Project Heal, which is dedicated to raising awareness of body image issues and providing treatment grants for those in need. She recently returned from Nicaragua working with the volunteer public health organization Global Brigades.

Meanwhile, Davey (below) attends UW Madison, where he is writing for the Daily Cardinal and working toward acceptance to journalism school. The ’82 Project is assisting Davey with resume-writing advice and recently arranged for him to shadow former Green Bay Packers standout Leroy Butler. You can read Davey’s blog at

This year’s scholarship will be awarded at the WFBHS Senior Awards ceremony in the WFBHS Auditorium on May 20th at 6:30pm. We try to make a night of it, so if you want to attend contact Beth (Brahe) LaFond to stay updated on plans to meet up before, during and after the awards presentation. If you want to serve on the committee that chooses the 2015 CHOICE Scholarship recipient, please contact Jon Wallace.

Join Us for Second Friday of the Month Club
Our Second Friday of the Month Club (SFOMC) is flourishing and several weeks ago generated a record turnout for an event at Libby Montana in Mequon. Classmates who are coming into town, please notify us, and we will happily reschedule our gatherings to any day of any week in order to accommodate old friends! (Isn’t it just like the class of ’82 to decide that “Second Friday of the Month” can be celebrated even on the first Thursday?) To learn dates and locations of upcoming gatherings, please search “SFOMC” on Facebook, and/or contact Beth (Brahe) LaFond, to get on an emailing list.

Save the Date! Softball and Swine Social Set for June 27
The ’82 Project’s Third Annual Swine Social is set for June 27th. Some of us are already in the spirit, including Janna Pirtle, who designed this year’s logo.

Our website will soon offer online advance ticket purchasing and further event information on softball tournament schedules, etc.

If you want to donate goods or services for this blow-out event, or want info on coordinating a team to play in the softball tourney, contact Geoff Heeren. Team slots are filling up, so please contact Geoff soon!

Opening for an Officer
Jeff Urdan has opted not to run for another term on the board of The ’82 Project once his term expires later this year. We thank Jeff for his expertise and energy in helping launch our organization and will miss his technical, legal, financial and sense-of-humor skill sets. The ’82 Project now seeks a replacement board member. If interested in joining The ’82 Project board, please contact Kathleen (Cavanaugh) Richmond by April 1 for nomination information.

On a sad note, we mourn the passing in recent weeks of the spouses of our classmates Jennifer Czizek (Goetzinger) and Chris Dehring. For more information, click here for a blog posting regarding Jennifer’s husband — Michael Goetzinger — and here for a tribute on our Class of 82 Facebook page in remembrance of Chris’s wife, Carolyn.

The Facebook postings of Jennifer and Chris themselves were incredibly moving and poetic, true testaments to love and courage. We hope those two traits fill all your lives and that you keep in touch with The ’82 Project, sharing any news, so that we can continue to celebrate and support each other.

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