1. Shopko Foundation Swings Success at the 39th Annual Golf Classic

    Event contributions support and strengthen numerous Shopko communities

    Fore! Why? Because we raised more than $1.1 million at this year’s Shopko Foundation Golf Classic on Wednesday, July 11. The Classic takes place at three courses in Northeast Wisconsin: Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links in Wrightstown, Brown County Golf Course in Oneida, and Thornberry Creek at Oneida, the official golf course of the Green Bay Packers, together totaling more than 20,000 yards of green. Proceeds from the Classic fund Shopko Foundation and support our mission to help the communities we serve through grants, scholarships, partnerships, and more.

    Retired Packers players, LeRoy Butler, Dorsey Levens, and William Henderson, teed off at Thornberry Creek. Each player has been inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and has left a strong legacy in the organization; Butler is even credited with inventing the famous Lambeau Leap! These players embody Shopko’s commitment to giving back and have continuously been active Shopko Foundation partners.

    Game Time
    It was a bright and early morning for everyone. Golfers got ready for a fun day by starting off with breakfast and a welcome, and then, it was game time!

    Of course, we are fans of some fun, friendly competition. To mix things up, each hole featured games like Meet the Shopko Executive, Tee Off from the Red, Harley Hole-in-One, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Longest Putt, and Closest to the Bag. Door prizes were spread out across all courses, and each golfer received a gift bag. First place at every course also received a prize. If participants were up for the challenge, we were giving away $25,000 for a hole in one! Maybe next year we will have a winner. You better start practicing now!

    Our day did not end on the green. The Classic concluded at the legendary Lambeau Field Atrium for an after-golf party with dinner, photos, and autographs with the Packers. Guests heard inspiring stories from Tim Gorton, president of Families of Children with Cancer, and Cole Stoffel, founder of Cole’s Cancer Crusade, and they attended the awards presentation. It was a relaxing way to end a high-impact day with some good camaraderie.

    Lasting Impact
    More than 300 participants from the Classic went home winners because they contributed to Shopko communities across the country. Because of the Shopko Foundation’s successful charity events, like the Golf Classic, Shopko and the Shopko Foundation have raised over $35 million to support numerous organizations and causes in the communities we live and work in. This year’s funds will be used in 2019 to support local schools in Shopko communities across the country and nonprofits focused on health and education.

    Thank you to our 2018 presenting sponsors American Greetings, Kimberly-Clark, and Newell Brands, vendors, and everyone who participated and contributed. We could not have done it without you all. We are excited to continue this summer tradition because who does not love to have fun and give back? Stay tuned next year for the 40th Annual Shopko Foundation Golf Classic announcement. We would love to see you on the green!



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  2. Emerging Leaders in Southwest Iowa

    The Southwest Iowa Leadership Academy serves seven area middle schools in West Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  Established in 1989 the mission of this organization is to provide emerging leaders with skills that will engage their abilities to make a difference in their schools and communities.   It focuses on team building, communication, leadership styles, problem-solving and goal setting over the course of a four-day camp held in June.

    Each school group is selected through an application process which includes an application, letters of recommendation, and an interview.  Student numbers are determined by a percentage of the total student population for that school’s seventh grade class.

    Support from the Shopko Foundation allows the Academy to take the students off campus to service learning projects, which help build leadership skills. It also allows them to purchase the Real Colors of Leadership style inventory for every student, which is a fun, integrative workshop to help understand human behavior:

    The students walk away with a new awareness of what it means to be a leader and to be a servant leader. They have identified their current leadership style and how to work together as a team to solve problems. They are better communicators when the leave camp and have set goals for themselves and as a school group for the coming year and beyond!

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  3. Changing a Community One Life at a Time

    With the announcement of a recent $250,000 gift, Shopko Foundation acknowledges their commitment to Green Bay and the Fox Valley through the only children’s hospital in Northeastern Wisconsin. HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital relies on generous partners – like the Shopko Foundation – to support amazing initiatives for pediatric health. HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital treats these young patients regardless of their ability to pay, which is why corporate partnerships are needed now more than ever. (The hospital currently houses over 30 plus pediatric specialty practices, and a world-class pediatric ICU unit that served over 7,500 children in 2016, alone.)

    Shopko Foundation’s interest in partnering with the hospital was a natural one; the foundation’s donation is designed to promote healthy lifestyles by bringing crucial health care to the youngest community members — and their families. HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital provides care close to home, meaning kids no longer have to travel outside of the region to access top-ranked care. It also provides an opportunity for residents to open their community to travelers from outside the community who will depend on this often life-saving level of care to change the lives of children.

    The Shopko Foundation’s donation is unique and special; they designated their funding to support the development of the Family Lounge and Kitchenette, an integral part of the hospital ecosystem. “While hospital stays are never fun, the family-centered care improves the families overall comfort and well-being which aligns with the Shopko Foundation’s values of making a difference in the lives of others,” said Michelle Hansen, manager of public relations and the Shopko Foundation.

    The foundation’s focus on this specific hospital project guarantees that families have the support and amenities they need that are close to their child’s bedside. Keeping everyone together is an important aspect of the healing process, and this special space creates that closeness that is so beneficial to children on the path to a healthy recovery. As HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital continues to grow the number of patients it can serve, the Shopko Foundation will be there every step of the way through the funding of these special living areas that promote family dining, connection, and relaxation during a challenging time.

    Shopko Foundation creates home away from home
    Since treatment for childhood illnesses can last weeks, and even months, the commute for families living away from the hospital can take a toll. “For families already dealing with a devastating illness or injury, having to travel for treatments or procedures adds to an already stressful situation. The availability of a children’s hospital close to home allows pediatric patients to remain near their loved one,” Hansen said.

    Shopko, headquartered in Northeastern Wisconsin, is proud to call Green Bay and the Fox Valley home. Through the Foundation’s gift to the HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital, their wish is to keep area kids near their loved ones during the most difficult times in some of their young lives — and let those from outside the area know that the hospital can be a true home to everyone who stays there.

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