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Coaches vs Cancer to host girl’s night out event
The Milwaukee- area affiliate of Coaches vs Cancer, a collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches will host its Girl’s Night Out fundraising event at Zita’s Fashions, 211 Silver Spring Drive, on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Constance Pitts, owner of Zita’s Fashions has put together an exclusive collection of gift giving and holiday party fashions at every price point. Ten percent of each sale will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer. Zita’s buyers will be on hand to assist attendees in picking out dresses, accessories or gifts. Items will start at $35 and will range from casual to formal. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne will be served and a handbag will be given away at 7:30 p.m. Event is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested. For more information or to RSVP click here.

Sendik’s supports Penfield

Penfield Children’s Center recently received a $50,000 donation from Balistreri-owned and operated Sendik’s Food Markets. Sendik’s selected Penfield Children’s Center as a charitable partner for their summer fundraising program and the donation represents the proceeds from the 3-month campaign.  Throughout the summer, eight Sendik’s stores in the greater Milwaukee area sold small American flags and lollipops for $1, with all proceeds benefitting Penfield Children’s Center.  “We are grateful for the generosity of Sendik’s Food Markets,” said Christine Holmes, president and chief executive officer of Penfield Children’s Center. “Their desire to understand the issues confronting children in this community and respond to those needs with such impact speaks volumes about their dedication to the health and well-being of the Milwaukee-area.  Donations like this help Penfield achieve our mission to help all kids reach their full potential.”
Penfield provides early childhood development and education programs for children with and without disabilities throughout Milwaukee. The grocer also donated proceeds from the sale of its summer issue of Real Food Magazine. Sendik’s is owned and operated by brothers Nick, Patrick and Ted Balistreri, and sister, Margaret Harris.  “Penfield is a special place for children in this community,” said Margaret Harris.  “We are proud that our customers and Sendik’s associates recognize and wholeheartedly support the wonderful work of Penfield Children’s Center.”

Wells Fargo contributes to housing efforts in central city neighborhood

The Walnut Way Foreclosure to Sale project will receive $100,000 and help from Wells Fargo volunteers in support of home rehabilitation efforts in central Milwaukee’s Walnut Way neighborhood. The project will provide home ownership opportunities for low-income families in the 110-block neighborhood in Lindsay Heights. 
“We’re excited to join together with three great organizations to help revitalize housing in the Walnut Way neighborhood,” said Fred Bertoldo, regional president for Wells Fargo in Wisconsin. “Our team members also will volunteer their time and talents fixing up selected properties in the area, making them clean, safe places for people to live.”
Wells Fargo, Walnut Way Conservation Corporation, Housing Resources, Inc., and Allied Churches Teaching Self-empowerment are working together on the neighborhood revitalization effort.
 The grant is part of Wells Fargo’s Leading the Way Home Priority Markets program, a nationwide effort to increase the availability of affordable housing while stabilizing and rebuilding distressed neighborhoods. 
Verizon to help domestic violence victims
Verizon Wireless recently announced it will donate $2, 210 to Milwaukee domestic violence shelter Sojourner Family Peace Center as part of the 21 no-longer-used wireless phones donated by Packer fans at Lambeau Field on Sunday Oct. 24.
The donation was part of the Protection is the Name of the Game partnership between Verizon Wireless and the Green Bay Packers designed to help curb domestic violence throughout the state. Each week the Packers play at Lambeau, Verizon will donate $10 to a different domestic violence shelter for each phone collected.
 “We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who donated to Protection is the Name of the Game,” said Angela Mancuso, executive director, Sojourner Family Peace Center. “We count on the support of organizations like Verizon Wireless so that we are able to continue to serve our community and those who need our help in times of true emergency.”
 Wireless phones, batteries and other accessories are collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and in special collections throughout the year. The phones are either refurbished for reuse or recycled in an environmentally sound way.
“When Packers fans donate their no-longer-used wireless handsets, they are providing hope to victims of domestic violence—an issue affecting more than 30 percent of American women during their lifetime,” said T.J. Fox, president-Wisconsin/Illinois Region, Verizon Wireless. “Packers’ fans have always come through for us in the past, and they did again this week.”

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