Challenge Accepted: Wisconsin Lutheran College students make an impact in Milwaukee

Team Effect creates a library for La Causa in the 2010 Kapco Charitable Challenge

Date Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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MILWAUKEE – Nearly 50 students from Wisconsin Lutheran College spent the past 20 days helping families, programs, and charitable organizations in the greater Milwaukee area as part of the 2010 Kapco Charitable Challenge. Five student groups at WLC, starting out with $1,000 each from Kapco Metal Stamping's president Jim Kacmarcik, raised $25,000 in cash and products via donations of money, food, personal care items, clothing, and books. The groups also spread the word of their community-oriented missions to an estimated 200,000 people.

"When you think about that – 20 days and over $25,000 dollars – that's very special," Kacmarcik told the students following their final presentations today. "It hits you right in the heart. You guys did an awesome job."

Kacmarcik then announced that Team Effect won the first round and would represent Wisconsin Lutheran College in the second round, during which it will compete against a team from Concordia University and one from Marquette University.

The nine students in Team Effect worked with La Causa in Milwaukee, collecting clothes, food, and personal care products for La Causa's Crisis Nursery. The group also gathered nearly 3,800 books for a new library in La Causa's Early Education and Care Center. On Monday the students painted and furnished the library, filling the shelves with books.

The 10-day second round will kick off on Thursday, with each team receiving $2,000 to continue their mission. Each team also will be paired with a local child who is fighting cancer and will be teaching a group of high school students about giving to the community and helping others.

"Don't ever underestimate what you can do," concluded Kacmarcik in his remarks to the Charitable Challenge participants at WLC. "It isn't always about financially giving back; it's about spending some time, energy, thoughts, and volunteering – making a difference in this world. You are an outstanding group of individuals that exemplify that."

For further information on Wisconsin Lutheran College's involvement in the 2010 Kapco Charitable Challenge, contact Eva McGillivray (414.443.8944; or Melanie Buellesbach (414.443.8795; in WLC's Public Affairs Department.

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