1. Lemonade for Livy and Shopko Working with the Epilepsy Foundation to Create Change and Make a Stand

    Who would have thought a lemonade stand could be a catalyst for a nationwide nonprofit organization? The Scheinman family from Clearwater, Florida, could not have predicted how far their motto, “Don’t give up, give back,” could take them.

    Olivia “Livy” was diagnosed with a brain malformation in 2004 that resulted in multifocal partial epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities. Her first seizure occurred only hours after birth, and she ended up spending the first nine months of her life in a children’s hospital.

    Now 13, Livy has endured a tough battle against epilepsy. To date she has undergone two major brain surgeries, numerous hospital visits from uncontrollable seizures and broken bones, and continues to face medical hardships. Epilepsy has not only affected Livy’s life, but also her family, Jon, Allison and twin sister, Hailey. Even though Livy must completely rely on her family because she is unable to walk or talk, she still holds a bright, determined attitude to not let the disease rule her world.

    Hailey has learned a lot from Livy’s unique life perspective. She understands that even though her and Livy have different abilities, they still both represent hope, and she can be there for her sister every step of the journey.

    As Livy and Hailey grew up, Hailey saw the financial hardship her family was facing and wanted to do anything she could to help. So, she started selling her own crafts and baked goods, and her passion and drive even inspired her friends to hold a lemonade stand. That lemonade stand sparked a light in their local community, which soon grabbed the attention of the Epilepsy Foundation, and Lemonade for Livy was born.

    Since 2011, the Scheinmans and people across the globe have been making a stand to help over 65 million individuals in the world who are affected by epilepsy. Lemonade for Livy has been working alongside the Epilepsy Foundation to continue raising funds for epilepsy research and supporting people who have epilepsy or seizures. Shopko and the Shopko Foundation are honored to be the official annual kick-off partner for Lemonade for Livy. By combining our resources with Lemonade for Livy and the Epilepsy Foundation, together we have raised $211,000 since 2016.

    Campaign Launch at Green Bay Flagship Store
    This year, Shopko will launch its Lemonade for Livy campaign on Thursday, June 14, by partnering with Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Hundley, along with Shopko CEO Russ Steinhorst and the Epilepsy Foundation. Hundley will share his connection to epilepsy and later host a lemonade stand with members from the Epilepsy Foundation. The event will take place 4-5 p.m. at Shopko’s flagship location in Green Bay (301 Bay Park Square).

    Jon and Hailey Scheinman will be at a Madison Shopko location (7401 Mineral Point Rd.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, to help serve lemonade with other Epilepsy Foundation volunteers.

    Join Lemonade for Livy Across the Country

    • Shopko will collect donations at registers from June 14-July 7 at more than 370 locations. Pick up your “lemon” at a store nearest you.
    • Get fresh-squeezed lemonade at one of the 75 Shopko locations across the region hosting stands with the Epilepsy Foundation on June 16.
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    The Shopko Foundation will match all proceeds donated at the lemonade stands. Join the movement and register your own stand here!

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  2. Let’s Go Biking!

    From refurbished bicycles to new biking safety accessories and bicycling basics, the city of Windom, MN is collaborating with the Windom Fire/Ambulance, Kiwanis, Windom EDA, Women of Today, Windom Area Hospital and the Shopko Foundation, in a variety of capacities to prepare bicyclists to get pedaling this summer.

    With the generosity of community donations, Windom Kiwanians successfully refurbished 50 used bicycles, which were given out to youths and adults in need. They also received basic bicycling instructions and the chance to win one of two new bicycles during the Windom Police Department’s annual bike rodeo.

    Windom Area Hospital was awarded a $1,000 Shopko Foundation grant to fund approximately 30 bike helmets and 200 lights, which will be given away to bike rodeo participants.

    “Our hospital has a strategic initiative of doing community outreach that benefits population health,” said Emily Masters, Windom Area Hospital chief human relations officer, who oversees the wellness department. “Our involvement in an event that promotes fitness, promotes family unity and promotes safety just made sense for us to participate, and make an event that people want to come to and participate in.”

    Bike rodeo participants, kindergarten-aged and older, also completed an obstacle course that taught them how to properly stop at stop signs, turn, use hand signals and handle their bike.

    “The goal is to get kids and adults to be more aware of how important bike safety is,” said Windom Police Department School Resource Officer Dana Wallace.

    The Shopko Foundation proudly promotes healthy lifestyles and  within our communities.  By working together, we can help children build positive habits early in life that can impact their health for a lifetime.

    For more information, visit bikemn.org/education/walk-bike-fun.

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  3. A Partnership to Last a Lifetime: Shopko Foundation is Awarded the United Way George Kress Award

    Shopko Foundation recently received a special honor from the Brown County United Way that reaffirms we are accomplishing our mission to enrich the lives of people in our local communities. We were elated to receive the annual George Kress Award this year. But, we’re even more excited about the positive things the United Way is doing in Northeast Wisconsin.

    The Brown County United Way is a Community Staple
    Brown County, Wisconsin, residents are known for their eagerness to help others–whether that be through monetary donations or hands-on work. Community members and local businesses band together to help out those less fortunate without blinking an eye.

    “This is an incredibly generous community, and I think that is the hallmark of Brown County,” said Robyn Davis, Brown County United Way president and CEO. “As I continue to get out into the community, I realize how generous it is, and the fact that people are willing to help, not just with dollars, but with their time and talent.”

    The Brown County United Way, an organization whose purpose is to give aid to community members in need, has been serving the area for more than 90 years. For over half of those years, Shopko Foundation has stood beside the organization, providing grants and manpower to bring relief to less fortunate community members.

    The United Way’s mission, “To bring together the strengths of our community to improve the quality of life in Brown County today and in the future,” reflects its focus on health, education, financial stability, and community connections in Brown County. Shopko Foundation’s concentration on supporting health and education initiatives within the communities it serves makes it a great, long-time partner for the United Way.

    From left to right, Robyn Davis, United Way President and CEO, Michelle Hansen, Shopko Foundation manager, and Dennis Grusnick, 2017 United Way Board Chair

    The George Kress Award Recognizes Community Supporters
    To recognize the businesses that help it reach its goals, the Brown County United Way holds a yearly awards ceremony where it presents multiple awards, one of them being the George Kress Award.

    This award recognizes a company that has made outstanding contributions to not only the Brown County United Way, but also to the community as a whole. Shopko Foundation was honored with this award for its unwavering partnership with the Brown County United Way and chapters throughout the country.

    All Hands on Deck
    To support the United Way, every Shopko store location across the county participates in the United Way’s annual giving campaign. Stores also enjoy raising funds by doing activities such as bake sales and penny wars. Employees see their community’s needs first-hand and take great pride in pulling together to help the United Way make a difference.

    Get Involved and Live United
    Shopko is grateful for its partnership with the United Way and the platform it has provided to create change within the Brown County community. But, even a partnership as great as Shopko’s doesn’t take away the need for help. Volunteers are a huge part of why the United Way is successful in helping so many local families achieve a better path to stability. The organization is always looking for volunteers to help fulfill the needs of community members.

    If you have a passion for volunteering or uplifting your community, the United Way has opportunities for you www.unitedway.org.

     

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