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July 6, 2018

Help Dairy Cares Reach $1 Million Goal

 |  By: Mike Opperman

Dairy Cares of Wisconsin invites businesses and individuals to join fundraising efforts to push donations to the charitable group’s chosen cause, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, over the $1 million mark. Dairy Cares sponsors and donors have collectively raised more than $847,000 thus far. 


Dairy Cares began in 2011 as a group of producers and dairy industry professionals dedicated to giving back to communities by donating funds to worthwhile causes, such as the Children's Hospital.


“The dairy community’s support for Children’s Hospital has been nothing short of amazing, and we’ve seen the generous spirit of our farmers and businesses through their contributions to Dairy Cares, thus far,” says Jim Ostrom, Dairy Cares co-founder and dairyman. “We are hopeful that our cumulative gift will meet and exceed $1 million this year.”


The cause, driven by the dairy community and its supporting industries, is driven to create a positive impact on Wisconsin children and their families who seek medical support at the pediatric care center during the toughest of times.


Based in Milwaukee, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provides statewide care through 40 different locations. These various sites provide a range of specialized services, from dealing with childhood terminal illness to psychological disorders. Experts in premature birth, the neonatal intensive care unit is ranked top in the nation.


As Dairy Cares approaches its eighth year, the non-profit organization invites businesses and individuals to join this cause. Sponsoring partners receive event recognition for their tax-deductible gift during the annual garden party, which is set for July 28 in De Pere, Wis.


“So many of us have been personally impacted by Children’s Hospital,” Ostrom says. “We invite our friends from the dairy community and beyond to pledge their support and demonstrate just how much we care about the children and families of Wisconsin.”


How to give to Dairy Cares

To give online, visit For more information on becoming a Dairy Cares sponsor, visit, or contact one of these sponsorship co-chairs: Jim Ostrom ([email protected]; 920-378-6127), Laurie Fischer ([email protected]; 920-366-1880) or Gordon Speirs ([email protected]; 920-371-4402).  Sponsorships can also be mailed directly to Dairy Cares of Wisconsin, Inc., 1835 E. Edgewood Drive, Suite 10571, Appleton, Wis., 54913.