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Granton Antique Tractor Club Supports Military Working Dog Tribute

 

 

 

 

Gail Hasz, Granton, presented Kirk Rodman, Volunteer General Manager of The Highground Veterans Park a check for $100 from the Granton Antique Tractor Club. These funds will help bring the Military Working Dog Tribute to The Highground where these four legged veterans will have a place of honor in the veterans park. Thank you to all who contributed through the Granton Antique Tractor Club with this donation.  Every generous donation counts in bringing awareness and thanks to those that have served our country so valiantly.  This Club has made their appreciation known to The Highground for the services our military animals have made to our veterans.

 

 

   
 

The Clark County Law Enforcement Association

 

Matthew Prein and Wade Hebert of the Clark County Law Enforcement Association stopped into The Highground Veterans Park to present Kirk Rodman, Volunteer General Manager a check for $300 from the Association to help continuing efforts on the Military Working Dog Tribute. The committee is interviewing different artists that have submitted designs for the tribute.  Once the design is picked, the committee will present their decision to the Board of Directors for approval.  With funding being started already, plans can move forward to have the design commissioned.  Upon full funding activities, the tribute to honor our Military Working Dogs can come to fruition.  If you would like to contribute to this tribute, please send your donation to The Highground indicating your desire to participate in this effort.

 

We thank Matthew and Wade for taking time to visit The Highground and the whole association for their support in honoring our working dog veterans.

   
   

 

Chilson Subaru Supports Newest Veterans by Presenting Check to The Highground

 

Matt Chilson of Chilson Subaru presents a $4760 check to Celeste Kaufman, Gold Star Mother to support the Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute being constructed at The Highground near Neillsville. Construction of the Bootprint will began last fall, 2013.  Chilson’s donation will provide for one of the barriers in the tribute along with the bordering flower beds.  The new Tribute is located to the east of the plaza point, where from the plaza, visitors will be able to view the Bootprint design.  Upon walking into the Bootprint, veterans, family and friends will also be able to experience the tranquility of being home at The Highground.  The Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute will hold honor stones to welcome/thank our newest veterans for their service.  Contributors, such as Chilson Subaru, allow the project to continue its journey forward in creation.  Thank you Celeste Kaufman for bringing Matt Chilson and Chilson Subaru into this project! 

Other barriers, benches and honor stones are still available, if you or your company would like to join Chilson Subaru in bringing this tribute to fruition, please contact The Highground.

 

Contributors and Volunteers are the Heart of The Highground.

 

 
 

 

 

   
   

Hardee’s Purchases the Texas Barrier In the Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute

 

A cozy crowd gathered at Hardee’s in Neillsville to watch as Dave Droste presents the Persian Gulf Committee and The Highground with a check in the amount of $10,000 from the Independent Hardee’s Franchisee Association.  Donations received by Hardee’s Franchisees through the sale of Stars for Troops and other Hardee’s fundraisers are given as grants.

Hardee’s understands the sacrifices of veterans and their families, so they worked hard to be a key sponsor to the new tribute currently under construction at The Highground:  The Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute called the Bootprint, Hardee’s presented the check to finalize the $30,000 commitment to purchase of the Texas Barrier in the Tribute.  Dave Droste, Hardee’s owner of Neillsville, Colby and Medford, made the presentation to Kirk Rodman, Volunteer General Manager of The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville, along with Amanda & Brandon Hensiak and Celeste Kaufman of the Persian Gulf Tribute Committee.  Samples of the New Fresh Baked Bun with Hardee's famous 100% Black Angus Thickburgers were enjoyed by those attending the celebration.

 

Thank you to Dave Droste and all the Hardee’s Franchisees that made this possible for our newest veterans to have their tribute come to fruition
   
   

Nicolet National Bank Presents Check to The Highground

 

Nicolet National Bank presented $700 to The Highground towards the construction of the new Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute.  Timothy Schinkton, Branch Manager and Barb Miller, Personal Banker came to The Highground to present Kirk Rodman, Volunteer General Manager the bank’s donation.  Ground breaking took place last fall; construction of the Bootprint will begin soon. The new Tribute will be located to the east of the plaza point, where from the plaza, visitors will be able to view the Bootprint design.  Upon walking into the Bootprint, veterans, family and friends will also be able to experience the tranquility of being home at The Highground.  The Bootprint will hold honor stones to welcome/thank our newest veterans for their service.  Contributors, such as Nicolet National Bank, will allow the project to begin its journey of creation.  Additional funds are needed to bring the project to fruition.  Thank you Nicolet National Bank!

   
   

Gold Star Bench Dedicated

 

 

On June 8th the new Gold Star bench honoring women who waited for their soldiers to return was dedicated during the Legacy Stone Ceremony. The contributors gathered around the bench and onlookers watched from above as this beautiful bench was unveiled. The book with all the stories submitted is available online at: www.blurb.com (enter the author, Jill  Haglund to access the ordering process).   Bench wording is:

 

Pause to honor the women who waited

And whose love supported

All who served for our freedom

 

Thank you, Jill, for your efforts to help The Highground further its mission of healing and education.

 

 

Also, thank you John Myers and Jerry Feeney for the work to get the wall around the bench completed. What a beautiful addition to The Highground and a great location for those walking to the Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute to rest, contemplate and reflect as they overlook the Gold Star Tribute. 

 

   
   

Hardee’s Raises Funds for The Highground

 

Hardee’s owner, Dave Droste, presented checks to Kirk Rodman, Volunteer General Manager of The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville.  Hardee’s of Neillsville, Colby and Medford are huge supporters of The Highground. Checks presented included funds from the fundraiser titled Berries & Burgers Bash in July in Neillsville ($1000); funds raised during The Highground fireworks ($1200) with the Neillsville team being present selling ice cream treats, sandwiches and other items; and funds raised in the Hardee’s canisters ($288.84).  These checks are designated for the Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute in support of our newest veterans and fulfilling The Highground’s mission of healing and education.  Thank you, Dave Droste and Hardee’s Customers!