Tractor cruise benefits area

Ripon Community Thrift Store and Food Pantry director Amy Pollesch gets help from her sons Kaiden, second from left, and Logan, right, in accepting a $2,000 check from 2009 Ripon/Green Lake Benefit Tractor Cruise organizers Jim Henning, middle, and Lynn Pollesch.

The second-annual Ripon/Green Lake Benefit Tractor Cruise is planned for Saturday, Aug. 28.

The tractor cruise will begin at the Jon and Diane Heatley farm, 1133 Dartford Road in Ripon, with registration from 8 to 9 a.m., departing at 9 a.m., making a mid-day stop for lunch at the Rosendale Dairy and ending at the Heatley farm around 3:30 p.m.

The goal is to help fund the Ripon Community Thrift Store and Food Pantry, the Ripon Area Food Pantry, and the Green Lake County Food Pantry, which assist far more people than one might imagine.

Proceeds from the event will also benefit the Ripon and Green Lake Public schools student special-needs funds, which provide necessities for children whose families cannot otherwise afford them, such as gym shoes, school supplies and eyeglasses.

The idea for the Ripon Green Lake Benefit Tractor Cruise evolved out of Lynn Pollesch and Jon Heatley’s passion for collecting antique tractors, combined with their desire to raise funds for worthy charities.

Last year’s inaugural event raised $4,000, which was split between the five charities. A board of directors oversees the fund-raising objectives, and also helps plan the event.

The $45 entry fee, along with gathered pledges, will help care for area residents who are experiencing hardship in these tough economic times. Read the full article in the Aug. 12 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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