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Dairy Cares of Wisconsin is seeking businesses and individuals to join in supporting fundraising efforts for their chosen cause, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Over the last five years, Dairy Cares' generous sponsors and donors have collectively raised over $425,000. Be a part of a record-breaking year, as the charity is on pace to break the $500,000 mark. Nearly every dollar donated to Dairy Cares goes directly to the hospital's general fund.

This donation, 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.

Giving back in this way is a calling that dairy producers like Jim Ostrom have answered.

'In Wisconsin, we are blessed with being the best place in the country to milk cows and do business,' explains the co-founder of Dairy Cares. 'Many of us have had success, and we want to give it back.'

The Dairy Cares committee selected Children's Hospital as their recipient because of its broad reach. Headquartered in Milwaukee, the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin provides statewide care through 40 different locations. These various sites provide a range of specialized services, from dealing with childhood terminal illness and cancer to psychological disorders.

Experts in premature birth, the neonatal intensive care unit is ranked top in the nation.

'Nearly everyone we have met has an experience of somebody they know who was touched by the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and how they care for young children who are ill,' Ostrom adds.

As Dairy Cares approaches its sixth year, the non-profit organization invites businesses and individuals to join this cause. Sponsoring partners receive event recognition for their tax-deductible gift during the annual garden party, which is set for July 23 at the home of Jim and Annette Ostrom, De Pere, Wis.

'All of us here in Wisconsin are part of the dairy industry in some way, and so many of us have been personally touched by Children's Hospital,' Ostrom says. 'We invite our friends from the dairy community and beyond to pledge their support and demonstrate just how much dairy truly does care about the children and families of Wisconsin.'

How to give to Dairy Cares

Making a gift to Dairy Cares is easy. To give online, visit www.chw.org/dairycares. For more information on becoming a Dairy Cares sponsor, visit www.dairycaresofwisconsin.org, or contact one of these sponsorship co-chairs: Jim Ostrom (jostrom@milksource.net; 920-378-6127), Laurie Fischer (laurie@lauriefischergroup.com; 920-366-1880) or Gordon Speirs (gordon@shilohdairy.com; 920-371-4402).

Sponsorships can also be mailed directly to Dairy Cares of Wisconsin, Inc., 1835 E. Edgewood Drive, Suite 10571, Appleton, Wis., 54913.

Dairy Cares thanks the following sponsors for their past support: Milk Source, LLC, Brian Retzlaff Trucking, Shiloh Dairy, LLC, BMO Harris Bank, Semex, CRA, Hank Olson Construction, Inc., Drake Dairy Inc., Family Insurance Center, Larry & Kayleen Ferguson, Vanderloop Equipment, Aring Equipment Co., Inc., Fox Structures, Grassland/Wuethrich Foundation, Rice Dairy, Cargill, Laurie J. Fischer, Badgerland Financial, BelGioioso Cheese, Inc., Bayland Buildings, Inc., American Foods Group, LLC, Freudenthal MFG. Inc., Bill Lorrigan Construction, Sixel & Schwinn, Schenck, Mueller Excavating, Inc., Animart, Phil's Plumbing, Zeamer's Welding, Agromatic, Zoetis, Feed Components, Forrest, G K Services, Greenstone, Cornette Farm Supply, Knight Capital Americas, Meister Cheese Co., Polenske Agronomic Consulting, Tri-County Overhead Door, Northern Metal & Roofing, Novak's Cheese, Troy's Transport, DVO, Jim & Ruth Metz, JLS Electric/Mark's Electric, Animal Health International, Pat's Tire, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Remer Farms, Komro, Overhead Solutions, Kiel Vet Clinic, Livestock Water Recycling, Ebert Dairy Enterprises, Udder Tech, Blazei Hooftrimming,Scott & Renee Schrift, Mike's Welding & Repair, John & Keri Vosters, Nancy Thomson, AG Electrical, DBMMC, Meadowbrook Farms, Roll-O-Matic Curtains, Waste Control Services, Eric & Angela Olstad, Jamie & Shannon Endvick, Mike De Coster Trucking,Schmidt Building and Equipment, Ann Mylin, Eau Galle Cheese Factory, Hydro Clean, Jerry & Diane Meissner, Van Wychen Farms, Ethan Hendricks, Gary Van De Loo Livestock, Scott & Julie Laufenberg, Kevin & Peggy Coffeen, Dan & Barb Natzke, Larry & Kay Ferguson, DeLaval, The Cheese Reporter, Alfalawn Farm, Schmidt's Ponderosa, Direct Enterprises, O'Harrow Farm, KSI Supply, Van's Ability Printing, Fischer Family Farms, LLC, Van Wychen Farms, LLC, Ensign Property Associates, Collins Dairy, LLC, Hermanndale Farm, Kurtz Dairy, LLC, Harmony Ag, LLC, Jauquet's Hillview Dairy, Hall's Calf Ranch, LLC, Brickstead Dairy, LLC, Retzlaff Milk Transport, LLC, BRT Transport, LLC, GH Lenz & Associates, Carow Land Surveying Co. Inc., Marine Credit Union Foundation, UWO Foundation Inc., Wagner Farms, Inc., Glacier Transit & Storage, Inc., The Lock Shop, Consolidated Construction Co., Law firm of Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, Wayside Dairy, LLC, Boehringer Ingelheim, Marantha Farms and McLanahan Corp.

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