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Non-profit organization, Dairy Cares of Wisconsin, has raised $440,000 on behalf of the Children’s Wisconsin health system during this year’s campaign.

That amount represents the second-best year in Dairy Care’s 13-year fundraising history, behind only 2022. With that success, it also brought the campaign significantly closer to the $3 million milestone — Dairy Cares’ lifetime fundraising now stands at just shy of $2.8 million.

Since 2010, Dairy Cares has united dairy industry professionals, other agricultural leaders, affiliated industries, and like-minded individuals who support the groundbreaking medical advancements and efforts of Children’s.

“Our organizing committee, volunteers, sponsors and donors continue to step up year after year in a meaningful way,” said Jim Ostrom, Dairy Cares committee chairman. “They all share a commitment to a cause — helping vulnerable kids — that is bigger than any one of us.”

While the funds raised by Dairy Cares aid in the daily operation of the medical & health system, two projects stand out:

  • In 2022, Children’s Wisconsin-Fox Valley introduced the Dairy Cares Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy space, which will help youngsters regain critical skills as part of their ongoing treatment plans.
  • In 2018, Children’s Wisconsin-Milwaukee launched the state-of-the-art Dairy Cares Simulation Lab, which gives medical professionals a safe venue to learn and sharpen their skills before using them in the field.
“The dedication and generosity of Dairy Cares allows us to provide life-changing care for kids and families right here in northeast Wisconsin,” said Meg Brzyski Nelson, president of the Children’s Wisconsin Foundation. “All of us at Children’s Wisconsin are extremely grateful for their continued support. It’s an amazing accomplishment to have raised $440,000 this year!”

Individuals or organizations interested in still giving to this year’s campaign can send checks to Dairy Cares of Wisconsin Inc., Attn: Cheri Ellenbecker, N3569 Vanden Bosch Rd., Freedom, WI, 54130.

Children’s Wisconsin Foundation President Meg Brzyski Nelson (center) celebrates this year’s campaign with Dairy Cares board members (from L to R): Jim Ostrom, Deric DuQuaine, Laurie Fischer and Peggy Coffeen.

Taylor Schaeffer, L, and Ashley Hagenow, R, the previous and current “Alices in Dairyland,” share a moment with one of Dairy Cares’ official brand ambassadors, “Faithful.”

The 13th annual Dairy Cares Garden Party once again gathered guests representing dairy, agriculture, and related industries in support of Children’s Wisconsin.

Cheesemakers across “America’s Dairyland” took center stage at the aptly named Dairy Cares of Wisconsin Garden Party.

Other Ways to Support Dairy Cares
As in the past, Dairy Cares welcomes sponsors to contribute to the cause. Contact Laurie Fischer
(; 920-366-1880) or Jim Ostrom (; 920-759-4674)
for more information.

About Children’s Wisconsin
Children’s Wisconsin provides care through 40 statewide locations. These various sites provide a range of specialized services, from dealing with childhood terminal illness and cancer to psychological disorders. Experts in premature birth, the neonatal intensive care unit is ranked top in the nation. For more information, visit the website at