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UPAF Ride for the Arts

The United Performing Arts Fund will host its 30th annual Ride for the Arts on Sunday, June 6. The event, UPAF’s signature fundraising event, is one of the largest one day recreational bike rides in the nation.
Cyclists of all ages and skills will start and finish at the Summerfest
grounds and travel various routes, including a new 12-mile route which will head west along the Menomonee Valley Parkway to Miller Park and will feature the Harley-Davidson Museum as a rest stop.
After the Ride, participants and all UPAF donors can enjoy the Finish Line Party at the Potawatomi Stage on the Summerfest grounds with performances by UPAF Member and Affiliate Groups.
During the party, bike parking will be available at the Bike Port located outside Summerfest’s mid-gate on Harbor drive until 3 p.m. and complimentary car parking will also be available in nearby, marked lots.
Registration fees are $35 for adults and $25 for youth age 18 and under. Families can register two adults and two youth, age 18 and under for the discounted price of $95. All registered participants receive UPAF’s Ride for the Arts sponsored by Miller Lite t-shirt. Helmets are required.
Register on-line at UPAF’s Ride for the Arts sponsored by Miller Lite site, More than $324,000 was raised through last year’s Ride.

Repairers of the Breach host theater show
Repairers of the Breach homeless shelter will host “Reaching Across the Breach, a professionally produced show on Saturday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 1500 W. Vliet St. The show will be performed by a cast of homeless Milwaukeeans.
Producers and directors Desiree Gibson and Jessi Miller of Loose Cannon Theatre have assembled a cast and developed a show  that blends song, comedic stories, dramatic and poetry readings. 
The cast includes the Repairers of the Breach Choir, directed
by Dorothy Jackson; homeless members and alumni of the Repairers of the Breach Center, and includes instrumental soloists.
The collaboration of artistic performances will send a cohesive message of hope and perseverance. 
According to Gibson, the cast is made up of people with diverse backgrounds, all of whom have experienced homelessness.
"A number of the cast members have musical or theatrical backgrounds. For others, this will be their stage premiere.  In both cases they are
anxious to deliver their performance of a lifetime," Miller said.
 Admission to the show is free, but free will offerings will be accepted. All proceeds will go to support the renovation and expansion of the Repairers of the Breach Center.
OFS fights teen depression

The Charles E. Kubly Foundation has awarded Ozaukee Family Services a grant to continue its efforts to address teen stress, depression and suicide. The money will be used to fund presentations at high schools in Ozaukee County in partnership with InHealth Wisconsin during the 2010/2011 school year.  The presentations will be modeled after the “Creating a Community of Hope” event that was held at Grafton High School in January.
The programs are designed to reduce the stigma associated with depression through education and providing resources.
Each presentation, mental health professionals and representatives from a wide variety of community resources will be on hand to share information including what to do when someone is suffering from depression.  Time will also be allocated for questions and answers.  The free presentations will be open to teens, parents, teachers, and anyone concerned about teen depression.  The dates for the presentations have not yet been determined.  To learn more contact Ozaukee Family Services at 262.376.7774 or visit

Penfield unveils Kohl’s child library
Penfield Children’s Center recently unveiled the Kohl’s Child Development Library which will provide developmental resources to the families the center serves. Families will be given the opportunity to check out books, therapy balls, specialized chairs, walkers and other developmental items, to take home to ensure continued progress.
The Library is part of the Kohl’s Building Blocks Program, a joint effort between Kohl’s Department Stores and Penfield that focuses on childhood educational and developmental services. The program was funded by a $1 million donation from Kohl’s philanthropic programs.

Goats Gives Back
The Horny Goat Brewing Company recently launched its Goats Give Back campaign where local nonprofit organizations can receive ten percent of total sales at the Horny Goat Hideaway, 2011 S. First St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. This week’s featured charity is the Racine-based Twisters Softball team
“At Horny Goat we know that money is tight for organizations and people right now,” said Horny Goat Brewing chief executive officer and co-owner Jim Sorenson. “We want to be able to give organizations in the community a chance to reach their supporters by using Horny Goat Hideaway as the vehicle. We want to be good corporate citizen in this community and we can do that by giving back.”
According to Sorenson, all nonprofit organizations are eligible and selected organizations will range in a variety of missions, activities and causes.
The Goats Give Back Sunday campaign is something that will remain in effect as long as the brew pub is there, Sorenson said.
Sorenson also plans to compliment the give back Sundays with a variety of different charity events throughout the year as well.
Completion of the Horny Goat Outdoor patio is expected by June 1, which will open the doors for a lot more opportunities and a lot more people, he said.
“This is part of who we are,” Sorenson said. “I think this is a little different than what most people are doing, but its important for corporations and businesses to give back and be a part of the community. We’re not just a brewing company, we’re not just a bar, we’re an entertainment complex and giving back is another way we can make people feel good about having a good time. It’s a win win for everybody.”
To request an information packet about becoming a part of Goats Give Back at the Horny Goat Hideaway, contact Marla San Agustin at 414-383-6900.

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