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Kettle Karvers gives back to the community by supporting many charitable causes in the area.
One of these is The Sheboygan Cancer Care Fund (SCCCF). Mary Ann Waldbauer of Sheboygan Falls
started the Unity Music Festival in 2005 as a way to support local cancer patients in need. The
Sheboygan Cancer Care Fund is dedicated to improving the health, well being, and quality of life
for individuals and families of Sheboygan County who have been diagnosed with cancer or a
disease of the blood. All proceeds from the event stay in Sheboygan County to benefit local
families suffering financial hardship due to cancer. Check out their site at
www.unitymusicfestival.org.

Although members have been donating carved items to the Unity Music
Festival for many years, 2012 was the year the club 'kicked it up a notch'
and created two items for the live auction.

The eighth annual Unity Music Festival was held on Saturday, April 14,
2012. Kettle Karvers donated the friendship cane shown to the
right to this event. The cane was a part of the live auction held during
the show, and the winning bid was $800.

Two members also donated carvings for the event. Dean Pingel
donated a walking stick that drew a winning bid of $100 in the silent
auction and Don Lorier donated a 5' lighthouse with the words Dream,
Hope, and Love along the top and
Unity 2012 on the front. It was
also part of the live auction and raised $800 for SCCCF.
At the ninth annual event, held on April 6, 2013, only six items were raffled during the live
auction held during intermission, two of which were creations of Kettle Karvers.

Another friendship cane was created for this 2013 festival. For this year's cane, a very
unique cane holder was created by Don Lorier and donated to the event. This item raised
$2000 for SCCCF.

The other item is the serenity bench. The bench was roughed out by Jamie Doeren,
picked up by Don Lorier, and taken to his workshop where Don, along with Bob Lawrence,
Larry Lienau, Phil Schils, and Willie VanSluys, spent many hours completing the project.
The winning bid was $2000.
Again in 2014, Kettle Karvers wanted to be part of the annual
event to The Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund (SCCCF). All
proceeds from the event stay in Sheboygan County to benefit local
families suffering financial hardship due to cancer. Check out their site
at
www.unitymusicfestival.org.

The tenth annual Unity Music Festival was held on Saturday,
April 12, 2014. Kettle Karvers donated another friendship
cane. The cane was a part of the live auction held during the
show, and the winning bid was $500. The winning bidder also
made a donation so the total raised was significantly higher.

Don Lorier's mushrooms were an item in the silent auction and
raised an additional $225 for SCCCF.
Jay Christopher called Don Lorier with a last minute request for a donation for their benefit
scheduled for June 22. Don chainsaw carved a 3-foot fork and Bob Lawrence carved the
words.
June-A-Palooza 2013     Meals on Wheels

Many other forks were donated, and the forks were sold or auctioned to raise funds.
June-A-Palooza is an annual event held at The Christopher Farm & Gardens on Garton Road
to benefit Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County. Why the Fork? The fork is the mascot for
this event and has its origin in the fresh Meals on Wheels logo. The original fork, and the
inspiration for these offspring, hangs in the lobby at Meals on Wheels on Taylor Drive in
Sheboygan.
Kettle Karvers as a club gives back to the community by supporting many organizations in the area. For many years, we
supported the Festival of Trees by donating a tree and handcarved ornaments. In recent years, we have created woodcarved
pieces for the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund, Meals on Wheels, Little Free Libraries, Generations, and Rocky Knoll.
In early 2014, a member of the Plymouth Womens' Club attended a meeting and asked members to get
involved in completing "Little Free Library" boxes that would be placed throughout the community. Four
members of Kettle Karvers stepped up to create works of art that are now located in Plymouth. The
event showing all the boxes was held in the cafeteria at Plymouth High School on Saturday, May 10.
Joann Luke’s little library is located at 529 North Street, Rosemary Mohnsam’s is located on Pickett
Street, and the little libraries of Bob Yancey and Gene Mathes are located at Generations.
Pam Moir worked with Generations Director Martha Laning to
organize our donation to Generations' Old World Christmas event
on December 4, 2012. Members donated a 7 foot Christmas tree
and ornaments to decorate the tree. The tree was placed on Ebay
and the winning bid was $1075. The tree not only brought needed
funds to Generations, it also made the community aware of the
need for donations. This awareness enabled Generations to pay off
their outstanding debt.
Pam Moir collected ornaments to trim
the wreaths for the Pink Brigade's
silent auction held in the October 3,
2013. The Pink Brigade raises funds
for the Sheboygan County Cancer
Care Fund.
Don Lorier carved and donated these
two morrell mushrooms for the
fundraiser at the Boobapalooza Breast
Cancer Awareness Event held on
October 5, 2013, in Sheboygan Falls.
Generations held their Meal with Santa on December 16, 2013.
Five members (Maureen Bruegger, Al Herwig, Bob Lawrence, Don
Lorier, and Dianna Witt) were present during this time to display,
demonstrate, and sell their carvings. The club donated a wreath
decorated with ornaments donated by club members. The wreath,
assembled by LouAnn Schils, was auctioned and brought in more
than $100 for Generations. [no photo]
After receiving a request from Rocky Knoll
to carve an additional four plaques to
match those created by Kettle Karvers
members a few years ago. Bob Lawrence
headed up the project to carve plaques to
honor veterans of the Vietnam War, Gulf
War, Desert Storm, and the Global War on
Terrorism. Working with Bob were Neil
Lorenz, Don Lorier, and Gene Mathes.
While this is not, per se, a charitable
cause, this request was honored because
of our previous relationship with Rocky
Knoll (Sheboygan County Nursing
Facility).   
The 2014 June-A-Palooza event, held on
June 28 at Christopher Gardens in
Sheboygan, is another opportunity for Don
Lorier to create fundraising items. He
created a cane and holder and a spoon for
the auction block on the day of the event.
June-A-Palooza is a fundraiser for Meals On
Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc., a
501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to
feeding our elderly, homebound, and
disabled neighbors. All money raised at
June-A-Palooza goes back to providing
warm, homemade, nutritious meals to the
homebound, disabled, and elderly residents
of Sheboygan County.
Kettle Karvers is searching for opportunities to offer our services to organizations within the broad geographical area of our
members. If you are a non-profit organization that can use our help, please
contact us. Your group must have some kind of
ability (i.e. a special event, fundraiser, or silent auction) by which you  can turn our donation into cash to support your
mission.
Kettle Karvers members trimmed a tree donated by Caan Floral with hand carved ornaments that was put out for bids for the
benefit of Meals on Wheels. The final day to bid was November 15 and the high bidder was Jay Christopher with a bid of
$18,000.  Thank you members for your hard work.
Pam Moir was contacted by Tim Renzelmann from the Cancer Survivor
group asking if we would be interested in facilitating a carving evening
for the group again this year. A group of members participated in this
event last year, and it was very successful. More than twenty Kettle
Karvers members helped teach folks to carve at the 2015 event held on
March 10, 2015. The project was a little owl.
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Rocky Knoll was very happy with the four
plaques created recently by a small group
of members to honor veterans of the
Vietnam War, Gulf War, Desert Storm, and
the Global War on Terrorism. This led to a
recent request to carve a sign to hang
over the door to their gift shop. Don Lorier
found the wood, Bob Lawrence carved the
letters, Mary Nowacki helped with painting,
and Al Herwig gave moral support.
For 2015, three non-profit organizations were chosen to receive a
donation to raise funds for their group.

Kettle Karvers members created a friendship cane to benefit the
Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills and Education program. Camp Y-Koda
is a branch of the Sheboygan County YMCA and serves over 1500
children each year during its 11-week season. Their mission is “to
promote responsible stewardship of the environment and enhance
participant quality of life by offering hands on educational oppor-
tunities.” The cane was turned over to them in June, and
proceeds from their raffle will go toward their annual campaign,
supporting their mission and providing funding as needed for
scholarships to make programs more affordable. Bob Yancey
carved the top and bottom and some cane blocks. Other club
members contributed the remaining blocks. Phil Schils assembled
the cane.

The second cane was carved and assembled for Camp To Belong-
Wisconsin, Inc. This camp is the project of Kate and Rob Bauer
(member Jerry Bauer’s son) whose purpose is to connect and
reunite siblings involved with the child welfare system, regardless
of their particular living arrangements (i.e. biological homes,
kinship providers, foster homes, adoptive homes, living
independently). Their mission is “for separated siblings to build
and maintain connections through a variety of programs.”  The
main program is a week-long summer camp, to be held at Camp
Anokijig. At any given time, there are 7,000 children in foster care
in Wisconsin. Again, Bob Yancey carved the top and bottom and
members provided the remaining blocks. Phil Schils also
assembled this cane.

The third cane was assembled with blocks carved by members for
Habitat for Humanity, an organization operated on Christian
principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building
homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child
should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter
in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. The cane top
was carved by Phil Schils and the cane bottom was carved by Sandy Doebert.  Phil Schils
assembled the cane.
In 2016, the Kettle Karvers worked in collaboration with
Ollie Art (Joanna and Tom Tripp) to create the "Tree of
Life." The metal tree was a work of art handcrafted by the
Tripps, which was then trimmed with ornaments crafted by
members of Kettle Karvers. The event benefits the
Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund. Check out their site
at
www.unitymusicfestival.org. The 12th annual Unity
Music Festival was held on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Members of Kettle Karvers carved cane blocks and assembled a friendship cane, which
was then donated to Lakeland College to be used as a fundraising item. This was the
club's way to repay them in some small way for their generosity. Members who took
part in this project included Darrell Abston, Roger Carlson, Sandy Doebert, Ron Feld, Don
Lorier, Pam Moir, and Helen Williamson. Photos by Darrell Abston.
The 2016 June-A-Palooza event, held on
June 25 at Christopher Gardens in
Sheboygan, was another opportunity for
Don Lorier to create a fork for the auction.
June-A-Palooza is a fundraiser for Meals On
Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc., a
501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to
feeding our elderly, homebound, and
disabled neighbors. All money raised at
June-A-Palooza goes back to providing
warm, homemade, nutritious meals to the
homebound, disabled, and elderly residents
of Sheboygan County.
A carving workshop with cancer survivors was held on Tuesday, February 7,
2017, at Matthews Oncology on Taylor Drive in Sheboygan, WI. This was the
fourth consecutive year for this event, organized by Tim Renzelmann of the
Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund Board of Directors. This year the
project was the fish keychain. Kettle Karvers members who participated
were Darrell Abston, Sandy Doebert, Ron Feld, Don Lorier, Gene Mathis,
Jim and Karen Rooker, Jeff See, John Schuman, and Betty Wilson.    

Thanks to Tim Renzelmann for submitting the photos.
Kettle Karvers once again was part of the Unity Music Festival through
the work of members contributing their carvings. Don Lorier and Pam
Moir created a tree decorated with gnomes. Don also carved a
mushroom. Gene Mathes donated a diamond willow walking stick. All
items were part of the silent auction.

The event benefits the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund. Check out
their site at
www.unitymusicfestival.org. The 2017 annual Unity Music
Festival was held on Saturday, April 8.

Photos by Judy Larson and Betty Wilson
At the request of Carol Bimmel,
Assistant Director/Volunteer
Coordinator at the Gathering Place in
Sheboygan Falls, members spent time
with participants. Willie VanSluys, Bob
Lawrence (left) Sandy Doebert, Larry
Lienau (right), and Jim Rooker (not
shown)  brought some of their work to
show those gathered, demonstrated
carving, and talked about Kettle
Karvers.

Photos by Jim Rooker
Kettle Karvers members once again trimmed a tree with
ornaments hand carved by club members. The tree,
donated by Caan Floral, is put out for bids for the
benefit of Meals on Wheels. The final day to bid is
December 10, 2017. Thank you members for your hard
work. This is the second time Kettle Karvers has worked
with Sheboygan Meals on Wheels to create a tree.