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Yacht Blast adds new After Blast event
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin will host its Yacht Blast for Kids on Saturday, Aug. 28 beginning at 3 p.m. In addition to providing at least 50 boat rides to wish kids and their families, Yacht Blast will also feature an After Blast celebration featuring Milwaukee’s own “Boogie Men” in concert.
The yachts are sponsored by corporations and operated by boat owners from the local area. Last year more than 50 families participated in the event.
“Last year we raised over $20,000 at the event and I think we can have even greater success this year with the addition of the After Blast,” said Glenn Kennedy. “The opportunity to turn this into an evening fundraising event for a worthwhile charity is simply wonderful. I’m hoping that the After Blast brings in more people from the surrounding community to learn more about Make-A-Wish, and I know that guests will certainly enjoy the festive mood at Discovery World’s Pilot House overlooking Lake Michigan.”
Dinner will be provided by Bartolotta Catering, and the event will also feature live and silent auctions. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $75 per person or $100 per person at the door. Tickets include dinner and the concert.  Tickets for the concert only are $20 per person at the door.
 
Kohl’s donates $100,000 for Milwaukee disaster relief
Kohl’s Department Stores announced a $100,000 cash donation toward flood relief efforts in the Milwaukee area.
The American Red Cross (ARC) is delivering emergency assistance throughout the region, and Kohl’s will cover all ARC costs of the relief efforts up to $100,000.
In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s is encouraging its associates to volunteer in support of cleanup efforts through its associate volunteer program. In exchange for volunteer hours, Kohl’s will make corporate grants available to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl’s associates.
“With our corporate headquarters and more than 7,000 associates in southeastern Wisconsin, our thoughts are with all of the families in our community dealing with losses and damages from the flooding that hit the Milwaukee area last week,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. “Kohl’s strives to be an active member of each community it serves. We feel it’s especially important to do even more at a time like this and are proud to support our hometown by providing financial assistance and the hands-on support of our associate volunteers.”
Meanwhile, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee is distributing money from its Urgent Need Fund to two agencies to help with disaster relief.
The United Way is donating $10,000 to IMPACT to increase capacity at 2-1-1, which is overwhelmed with calls in the aftermath of the flooding. The grant will allow the service to more efficiently and effectively meet the needs of callers over the next few weeks.
The United Way also is donating $5,000 to the City of Milwaukee Health Department to purchase emergency clean-up kits. The kits contain cleaning supplies, including bleach, that will help families make their homes healthy and safe. The donation will enable the purchase of 250 kits.

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