The 10th Annual Skip Ellenbecker Memorial Golf Outing was held on August 11th at the Pine Valley Golf Course in Marathon. More than 100 golfers took to the course to raise funds for Skip’s favorite Easter Seals Wisconsin program – the FARM Program.
Skip Ellenbecker joined the Easter Seals Wisconsin Board of Directors in 2001, where he served on the Program and Nominating committees. He also served as a volunteer fund-raiser and helped to coordinate the successful Wausau Raffle & Dance.
While Skip supported all of Easter Seals Wisconsin programs, he was particularly passionate about Easter Seals’ nationally-honored FARM Program. The FARM Program helps farmers continue to farm after a disabling accident or illness. Rural Rehabilitation Specialists offer recommendations addressing the needs of the farmer which may include alternative methods of doing chores, and making adaptations to the farm operation and/or to farm equipment. When the program was in its infancy, Skip offered valuable guidance to the FARM staff, and his enthusiastic support of the program never faltered.
In 2009, Skip was instrumental in establishing the first Easter Seals golf outing in central Wisconsin, an outing that helped support the FARM Program. The event, renamed after Skip’s death in 2013, continues to honor Skip’s legacy and benefit the FARM Program in which he so fervently believed. Since its inception the event has raised over $100,000.
Our thanks to all our sponsors, including our presenting sponsors: SD Ellenbecker, Inc., Janke General Contractors, Inc., and County Materials Corporation, and to all of Skip’s friends and relatives who work so hard and give so generously of their time each year to make this such a great event!