Behind the Scenes Archive

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Running for a Worthy Cause

Running for a Worthy Cause

Running a marathon is a huge accomplishment, but add in a climate like Antarctica and we’re talking seriously accomplished. Kelly Parrish is a Madison native who will get closer to her goal of running 26.2 miles on all seven continents this month when she travels to Antarctica. Kelly decided to make her marathon even more unique by using her expedition to raise money for the local nonprofit Heartland Farm Sanctuary. As a dedicated volunteer, Kelly has combined her passion for running and animals into one extreme goal.

March 2014
Easing the Transition to Adulthood

Easing the Transition to Adulthood

For some students it’s difficult to imagine life beyond high school, especially if life in high school has been a challenge. “Teens in Transition” is a program created by the Junior League of Madison to address this concern for foster care youth. Since its inception three years ago, president Laura Gmeinder has seen the direct impact it has on a niche group of teenagers in the Dane County.

January 2014
Supporting Local Nonprofits

Supporting Local Nonprofits

When businesses and nonprofits join together, they build a city with a very big heart

November 2013
Healing Others, Healing Herself

Healing Others, Healing Herself

When Melissa Terrill and her husband Mike lost their daughter and then son in infancy, they decided to reach out and support parents like themselves. Melissa serves as the president of the nonprofit organization Mikayla’s Grace, which provides care and support to parents with babies in the NICU at area hospitals.

September 2013
'Volunteer' Only Begins to Describe this Local Woman

'Volunteer' Only Begins to Describe this Local Woman

Jill Foley began volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House 20 years ago and has grown in her work to serve in multiple capacities. Jill’s commitment earned her the title of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison’s Volunteer of the Year in 2012, and inspires her continued efforts to serve families who need help at all levels of this organization.

August 2013
Keeping Madisonians Young at Heart

Keeping Madisonians Young at Heart

Amy Recob took an internship in college at the Madison Children’s Museum and has been hooked ever since. She continues to find new ways to give back to a staple in the Madison community as a mother and new children’s author. Amy’s role as co-chair of the Wonder Ball and Wonder Prom allows her to remain working behind the scenes, while still enjoying her favorite part about the museum—keeping kids and adults young at heart.

August 2013
Breast Cancer Survivor Helps Change Women’s Lives

Breast Cancer Survivor Helps Change Women’s Lives

After learning she had breast cancer eight years ago, Leanne Widen decided to attend a retreat through Breast Cancer Recovery. Her experience spurred her involvement in the organization she now volunteers for and represents.

June 2013
Honoring Her Sister Through Heart Health Education & Awareness

Honoring Her Sister Through Heart Health Education & Awareness

Sandy Musacchio is sharing her story through the American Heart Association to educate other women about staying heart healthy.

February 2013
Growing a Community’s Passion for the Arts

Growing a Community’s Passion for the Arts

Doug Poland is dedicated to giving students and communities the opportunity to indulge their creative side. Along with other members of the Monroe Street Arts Center, Poland is making sure everyone can become an artist.

February 2013
A Body in Motion: Moving with Parkinson’s

A Body in Motion: Moving with Parkinson’s

Dr. Jane Busch helps others with Parkinson's move to the Latin rhythms of Zumba. Her Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease hasn't stopped her, and she's making sure others know it doesn't have to stop them.

February 2013

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