2018 Gala Welcome Video
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Wowie-Wow Wow, Thank You!
Green Lake Association (GLA) gala guests came together in a big way for Big Green at the organization’s ninth annual gala, Prohibition Party, on August 4 at the Shoreline Boat Center Showroom in Green Lake. The sold-out crowd generously donated over $165,000 in support of three major initiatives aimed at 1) collaborating with local farmers, 2) restoring degraded streams and the battling the harmful pollutants in them, and 3) defending Big Green’s waters against invasive species.
These initiatives include restoring 5,700 feet of degraded stream bank on Dakin Creek, installing a network of demonstration farms to serve as living laboratories, continuing the aggressive removal of invasive carp from the lake, and installing two boat wash stations at public boat launches, among other initiatives.
The GLA will work with its lake management partners to tackle these critical next steps in order to meet new and existing water quality challenges for Green Lake. “If you turned on the news lately, you heard reports of toxic blue-green algae blooms closing beaches across the state,” said Stephanie Prellwitz, Executive Director of the GLA. While Green Lake has not been part of this infamous list, its weed and algae problems are part of the same lake degradation process.
That message resonated with guests as they gave generously to support initiatives to protect and restore this beloved, natural resource. “It was incredible to be in that room to feel the community’s energy and seeing their enthusiasm for the GLA’s efforts,” said Prellwitz. “These pillar projects are part of a robust rehabilitation strategy and long term goal to restore the lake’s water quality. They are about making incremental steps for a cleaner Green Lake, and because of our supporters and their long-term commitment, we’re able to get to work making them happen.”
The event was possible in part because of its 15 sponsors including:
- Platinum Sponsors ($10,000) Havey Communications/Mike and Jill Havey, Jerry and Judy Specht, Gold Eagle Corporation, makers of 303 and STA-BIL products;
- Gold Sponsors ($5,000) Gary and Lynn Mecklenburg;
- Silver Sponsors ($2,500) Joe and Tina Pregont and David and Kathleen Cullen;
- Bronze Sponsors ($1,000) Graham-Saravis Families, Green Lake Cold-Water Fishery Council, Dick and Linda Martens, McClone Insurance, Bill and Patty Miner, Outdoor Impact, Special Properties, and TranzAct Technologies, Inc.
In addition, Shoreline Boat Center, Wagner’s Auction and Real Estate, the Heidel House and the Goose Blind donated important services for the gala. Lu Ellen Bold, Jennifer Hawley, Julie Jankowski, Loni Meiborg and Alison Niescier served on the gala committee.
Didn’t have a chance to make it to the gala? Donate today to support our 2018 pillar projects to protect and restore Green Lake’s water quality. Now’s the time to invest where your passion is.