Wisconsin Lutheran College students challenged to make an impact

Teams from the college will compete against two local schools in the 2010 Kapco Charitable Challenge

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MILWAUKEE – Five student groups from Wisconsin Lutheran College will compete against fellow WLC students and against teams from Concordia University Wisconsin and Marquette University in a Kapco Charitable Challenge event, sponsored by Kapco Metal Stamping's president Jim Kacmarcik.

This afternoon, selected student groups from the three schools will meet at the Bradley Center, where they will receive instructions on this year's challenge. Dr. Daniel Johnson, president of Wisconsin Lutheran College; Dr. Patrick Ferry, president of Concordia; Dr. Chris Miller, vice president of student affairs at Marquette; and Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond will address the groups. Afterward, the students will enjoy a pre-game meal then watch the game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.

"Wisconsin Lutheran College prepares Christian leaders for lives of service to others, and the Kapco Charitable Challenge beautifully complements our mission," said Dr. Johnson. "Our students are so richly blessed, and via this program they will be a blessing to others."

The Kapco Charitable Challenge began with students at Concordia and is being expanded to the three schools for 2010. In 2008, Kacmarcik gave six Concordia student groups $1,000 each, with the idea to help others less fortunate with the money. Each group was given 10 days to use all the money, either by giving it away or by using it creatively to make an even bigger contribution.

"I was absolutely thrilled with the way in which Concordia students embraced the Kapco Charitable Challenge," said Kacmarcik, whose company is located in Grafton. "They were so creative in researching and identifying those who were really in need. We are pleased to have Marquette and Wisconsin Lutheran join us in the Challenge this year to involve more students and extend the reach even further into the community."

First-round winners (one team from each school) will be announced after team presentations on February 16. The three teams that advance to round two will present to a panel of judges on March 4.

For further information on Wisconsin Lutheran College's involvement in the 2010 Kapco Charitable Challenge, contact Vicki Hartig, associate vice president for marketing and communication, at or (414) 443-8846.

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