The Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson hosted their first ever Harvest for the Club Dinner on Wednesday, October 10th which featured local foods, prepared by local chefs to support local kids during the crucial hours after school. The event was held at Kutz Dairy Farm LLC. The master chef style event featured appetizers, a salad & soup and two entrees prepared by Jones Dairy Farm’s Shaun Edwards, Mike Scott from the Fireside and Sally Behling from Fort Health Care. Dinner was followed by a fresh baked Brickhaus Cafe cookie and pumpkin custard prepared by Mike Scott.
Although a first year event for the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson, it was the last official event hosted by the organization as they recently transitioned to Badgerland After School Enrichment (BASE) Program, a locally operated non-profit on October 15th. The organization unveiled their new BASE logo & mission statement at the event and provided updates regarding their transition to the new organization. “We are so appreciative of the support of our donors and community as we transition to BASE. This is a significant opportunity to refocus our local efforts to support kids during after school hours. We felt confident and empowered by our local community and the generous support we receive to make this transition so we can best serve our kids. ” Said Alicia Norris, Executive Director of BASE.
Community support has been as important as ever and the organization has several event sponsors to thank including MK Cellular, Fort Health Care, Fort Community Credit Union, Premier Bank, Badger Bank and Spacesaver Corporation. A special thank you to the Kutz Dairy Farm for their incredible hospitality. Thank you to The Fireside Dinner Theatre, Fort Health Care and Jones Dairy Farm for supporting this event by providing supplies and such supportive and talented chefs. Additional event support and in kind donations were provided by Jim’s Cheese, Hooks Cheese, Rushing Waters Fisheries, Festival Foods, The Rotary Club of Fort Atkinson, Wine & Roses, Regenerative Roots Farm, Good Times Farm, Berres Brothers Coffee, Brichhaus Café in Jefferson and the efforts of many volunteers.
BASE plans to continue the event in 2019. Additional information regarding their 2019 fundraising calendar will be available soon.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Atkinson was established in 2006 to provide the children of Fort Atkinson a positive place for afterschool. BGC made the full transition to BASE on October 15th which continue to provide programs to help build bright futures for youth through after school programs during the critical after-school hours from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Alicia Norris at (920) 568-8858. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram or visit their website at www.basefortatkinson.org