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Tribe Donates Over $84,000 to Local Organizations

Tribe Donates Over $84,000 to Local Organizations

A large group gathered at the Mole Lake Casino Lodge on this past Monday for what has become an annual event.

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community donated 31 checks, totaling upwards of over $84,000, to local businesses, organizations and nonprofits spanning three counties as a part of a celebratory ceremony.

“These partnerships are continuing to grow,” said Chris McGeshick, Chair of the Mole Lake Tribe, as he addressed the crowd. “We need to continue to work together to do whatever we can that benefits the community in a positive way.”

A significant number of the organizations who received financial assistance were environmental and lake associations who work to fight pollution and aquatic invasive species.

“Our water resources and clean air, ladies and gentlemen, are the most important thing on Earth to us,” Chairman McGeshick said. “Without those, we don’t survive and we’re going to protect those two staples as much as we can.”

Perhaps the most crowd-pleasing donation recipient was the Forest County Humane Society, who had several four-legged, furry friends on hand to greet the people in attendance.

About 85 percent of the Humane Society’s budget comes from donations such as the Tribe’s. Without this funding, they could not function at their present capacity.

Jay Schaefer, President of the Human Society, presented a story about a stray dog who was taken in by the Forest County branch and now performs as a service dog for a military veteran in Wausau.

“Patriot K9 Partners has a 94 percent success rate of improving or completely eliminating the need for any pharmaceutical intervention with veterans dealing with PTSD. A dog from Crandon is now paired with a veteran in Wausau, and that gentleman now has better chance of improvement,” Schaefer said.

It is stories such as this which make the Sokaogon Chippewa Community donations all the more special. Each organization serves Northern Wisconsin in an integral way, and assistance from fellow community members is a large part of what makes them succeed.

Here is the full list of organizations who received donations:

Langlade County
Wolf River Riders ATV Club
Post Lake Improvement Association
Rollingstone Lake District
Elcho Area Silent Sports Club

Town of Schoepke
Pelican Lake Fire District
Pelican Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Pelcho Mud Nutz

Forest County
Forest County ATV Association
Forest County Association of Lakes
New Hope Church
Crandon Library
Forest County Highway Department
100 Mile Snow Safari
Lumberjack Memorial Trails
Northwoods Snow Chasers
Tombstone Pickerel Snowmobile Club
Forest County Humane Society
Roberts Lake Association
Pickerel/Crane Protection and Rehabilitation District
Trump Lake Association
Arbutus Lake Association
Crandon Area Rescue Squad
Crandon Fire Department
Windfall Lake Association

Town of Nashville
Animal Resource Fund
Waabaanunung Church

Oneida County
Three Lakes ATV Club
Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Improvement Association

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