Members in the Community – May 2014 eNEWS


May 30, 2014 – Morgan Radaj on the RADIO

DSC_066812-year-old Morgan Radaj held a Charity Run/Walk for KIDS in Whitewater on May 18, 2014. It was her 4th Annual Charity Run/Walk. She inspired local and surrounding area kids to choose charities or nonprofits that related to the participants’ interests. One 6-year-old participant, Joseph Kienbaum of Whitewater, raised $1085.00 to give to ‘iPads for Autism’ (a Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club program). Whitewater Kiwanis then matched Joseph’s donation and now a total of four iPads will be given out to other autistic children because of what Joseph did. 🙂

Joseph invited Morgan to join him on the air at WFAW in Fort Atkinson – Morning Magazine with Michael Clish on May 30th.

Morgan was able to talk about why she held her first event four years ago, how it has evolved and was able to mention a few of her other annual events. To listen to the podcast, click here.


May 26, 2014 – Whitewater Memorial Day Parade participants

Local Whitewater Cub Scouts & Girl Scouts: Morgan Radaj, Emily Radaj, Sam Radaj, Nathan Radaj, and Maggie Radaj (walking in honor of & remembering Glenn Jones).


Special thanks to Glenn Jones’ family for giving us Glenn’s Boy Scout uniform that the boys enjoyed so very much! We miss him!!

May 21,
The Kites are up! Theme “Up, Up and Away in Whitewater”

The Kites of the 10th annual Public Art Project are up on Whitewater’s Main Street light poles with   several on Center Street and Whitewater Street due to planned construction this summer at the Eastgate intersection. Sponsored by the Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA), the Public Art Project helps to make Whitewater a popular tourist stop each summer. For each of the last ten years the WAA has selected a theme, and local artists and enthusiasts have created lively interpretations on the basic   forms. In recent years, the artwork was produced by professional and amateur artists, school children from pre-school to high school, community members, families, business owners…all with creative ideas to share. This year’s theme, “Up, Up and Away in Whitewater,” provides Kites that are tree-friendly art to display. You will note however that one below was caught in a tree as part of the artwork of the kite.  You will have your chance to own one of these unique and colorful kites that will have graced downtown Whitewater all summer. On Saturday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m., around 60 of one-of-a-kind kites will be auctioned off to the highest bidders during the Whitewater Arts   Alliance’s 10th annual fundraiser at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street. No tickets will be required and there will be no admission charge to attend the auction.

Moving the Kites to installing locations are Whitewater Arts Alliance members Joyce Follis and Ron Telfer who is also the Coordinator of this Public Art Project.


May 17, 2014DSC_0521bGirl Scout troop #2332 of Whitewater, including Emily Radaj, will be taking their buckets and buckets of POP TABS (they’ve collected all year) to the Ronald McDonald Tab Toss Day event in Milwaukee.

The girls will continue to collect Pop Tabs, so keep bringing them in or send them along with your donations to the Clothes Closet. THANKS for your support and for supporting the Ronald McDonald house!

Area schools, Girl Scout troops, businesses, organizations and individuals will come together for “Tab Toss Day”, in Milwaukee, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at United Milwaukee Scrap.

In 2013, the year-long program raised a record $29,750 for the House. At last year’s Tab Toss Day, more than 350 people stopped by to drop off more than 4,360 pounds of pop tabs or over seven million tabs!Tab_toss_day

“Collecting pop tabs may seem like a small task, but it provides an extremely significant contribution to the Ronald McDonald House each year,” said Ann Petrie, Ronald McDonald House president and CEO.  “This united effort allows everyone the opportunity to get involved and feel good about helping families that rely on the House during a very difficult time in their lives.  The House relies on the generous support of the community.”

Due to construction at the Ronald McDonald House, our recycling partner has graciously agreed to host Tab Toss Day. Loyal supporters, who have been collecting aluminum beverage pop tabs throughout the year, can bring their tabs to United Milwaukee Scrap in Milwaukee for a citywide “tab toss.”   The aluminum beverage pop tabs will be recycled and used to generate funds for the Milwaukee Ronald McDonald House.

poptabWhy just the TAB?
Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it’s more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier.  The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support Ronald McDonald Houses and know they are making a difference for families and children.


Special thanks to the UCC Church and the Clothes Closet for helping us collect pop tabs!


May 14, 2014 – Emily Radaj’s Girl Scout Troop purchased a Red Maple tree and donated it to the City of Whitewater. The tree was planted at Starin Park.

Special thanks to Rick Hammerl for helping coordinate and deliver the tree.