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A fundraiser was recently held at Gene’s Lanes & Lounge in support of Ptosha Davis in her quest to become Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year. The kickoff brunch is the first of many events to help raise money to find a cure and raise awareness. In August of 2009 Ptosha’s daughter Jori Lauren Leflore was diagnosed with AML Leukemia and admitted to Children’s Hospital. Ptosha never left her side throughout her valiant fight. Jori died in February 2010. For more information or to make a donation visit Pictured with Davis (Left Standing) are friends and supporters: (L-R) Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, ReDonna Rodgers, Sherry Hill, (Seated L-R) George & Michelle Hinton, Johnna Scott and Debbie Miller. (Photo by Robert Bell)

Scouts to collect food for Feeding America

Scouting For Food is one of the largest one-day food drives benefiting Feeding America. Boy Scouts will go door-to-door on Saturday, March 26, collecting “Scouting For Food” bags. Residents are encouraged to fill the bag with nonperishable food items and leave it outside their front door on Saturday, March 26, before 9 a.m. for pickup. Desirable items include peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, tuna, macaroni and cheese, canned soup and cereal.

With state unemployment at 8.2%, families are still struggling to put food on the table. The food bank is experiencing a 30% increase in need over the past two years. “Emergency feeding programs are serving record numbers of people,” said Bonnie Bellehumeur, president of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. “This is an easy way to help, simply fill your bag with food and the Boy Scouts will do the rest,” Bellehumeur added.

Residents in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine counties received “Scouting For Food” bags on their doorsteps last week. “Scouting For Food” bags were also inserted into the Sunday, March 20th edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Residents can also drop off their bag of nonperishable food items at their local Pick ‘n Save store in the Boy Scout Food Drive collection barrel. Food collected in Waukesha and Racine counties will benefit local food pantries in those communities.

Last year the Boy Scouts collected 158,282 pounds of food. Since 1987, the Boys Scouts have collected more than three million pounds of food for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, the state’s largest food bank.

Reconnecting to Banks

Residents who do not currently have an account with a bank or credit union have the opportunity to change that. A Get Checking workshop will be offered April 13 from 5 to 8:30 pm through Consumer Credit Counseling Service and the Social Development Commission.

The Get Checking session is intended to help people who have had an unsuccessful relationship with a bank or credit union in the past as well as those who have never had a checking or savings account. The workshops are designed to connect those residents with traditional banking services.

The benefits of having a checking or savings account include offering a way to improving your credit score, being less expensive than paying for check cashing and money orders, and offering a way to access other financial services like loans and credit.

The Get Checking workshop will be held April 13 at the Social Development Commission office at 4041 N. Richards Street. To sign up for the session, call 414-906-2834. There is a $40 fee for one person and $60 for a couple, payable through a money order or cashier’s check.


The Salvation Army is warning donors to beware of a bogus email appeal, which asks for donations to The Salvation Army’s Relief efforts in Japan (SEE ATTACHED EMAIL AT BOTTOM). The appeal, claiming to be from “Salvation Army National Corp.,” urges donors to send a donation to an email address which IS NOT a valid Salvation Army address.

The scam uses actual language such as The Salvation Army Mission Statement, history, and programs, which has obviously been taken from legitimate Salvation Army sites. It even lists The Salvation Army’s International web address, all in an attempt to trick donors into believing that the email is legitimate

“It’s sad that there are people who would use this tragedy as an opportunity to take advantage of others. To be certain your support is going to the right place, visit If you have any questions or concerns about a particular donation request in the name of The Salvation Army, please contact me at 317 224-1029 or Also note that our legal department is working with the authorities to bring those who would commit fraud to justice,” said Jeff Stanger, Development Director for The Salvation Army.

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. These funds offer the greatest flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible. Text the words “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY. On-line at: By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to The Salvation Army Milwaukee County, 11315 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, WI 53226

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods or household items (gifts-in-kind) from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan.

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity that has already poured in to help us meet both immediate and long-term needs.

Take a Child Fishing

Free Clinics offered at local Milwaukee County Parks

Free Fishing Clinics for children ages 15 and under will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 9am to 3pm at eleven Milwaukee County Parks.

The clinics begin every hour with the last clinic starting at 2 pm. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult and groups of 20 or more must pre-register.

Fishing equipment is available, but participants should bring their own rod and reel if possible. Everyone completing the clinic will receive a certificate and instructional handouts. Members of local fishing clubs will teach knot tying, safe use of equipment and proper fishing techniques.

The clinics will occur at the following Milwaukee County Parks:

Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.

McCarty Park, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave.

(wheelchair accessible)

McGovern Park, 5400 N. 51 Blvd. (wheel

chair accessible)

Scout Lake Park, 5902 W. Loomis Rd.

(wheelchair accessible)

Wilson Park, 1601 W. Howard Ave.,

Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Rd.

Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124th St.

Mitchell Park, 524 S. Layton Blvd.

Grant Park, Oak Creek and Mill Pond on

Oak Creek Parkway

Sheridan Park,4800 S. Lake Dr.

Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St.

The clinics are presented by the Milwaukee County Parks, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations and the Milwaukee County House of Correction Fish Hatchery. For more information, call the Milwaukee County Parks at 257-PARK (7275), or the DNR at (414) 263-8614.

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