Behind the Scenes Archive

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Local Librarian Sustains Library's Usefulness Through 21st Century

Local Librarian Sustains Library's Usefulness Through 21st Century

Leah Fritsche always knew she wanted to be a librarian. From a young age she was organizing the shelves in her bedroom by her own Dewey Decimal System. Now the Director of the Deerfield Public Library, Fritsche wants future generations to continue to be inspired by books. Fritsche has partnered with the Beyond the Page campaign to create a permanent endowment fund thatwill support Dane County libraries forever.

May 2012
Local Citizen Helps Run Online Auction to Benefit Dane County Rape Crisis Center

Local Citizen Helps Run Online Auction to Benefit Dane County Rape Crisis Center

Meg Rothstein was disheartened by the news of budget cuts to the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. And she decided to take action. She and others formed a grassroots organization to assist the RCC. Together, they are holding a citizen run online auction. Their actions show that citizens can make a difference during a time of budget cuts to beneficial services in Dane County.

May 2012
Former Educator Uses Retirement to Continue Improving the Environment for Kids

Former Educator Uses Retirement to Continue Improving the Environment for Kids

Some people use retirement to play golf, while others use it as a way to continue the work they have always been passionate about. Joel Stone choose to go the second route, and take a more hands-on approach to the passion he has always had for teaching about the environment. Since retirement, Stone has volunteered at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center doing any number of jobs, all in the hopes of keeping the environment a fun place for kids.

April 2012
Local Woman Working to Clean the Lakes That Inspired Her Career

Local Woman Working to Clean the Lakes That Inspired Her Career

Heather Allen found her passion as an undergraduate at the UW-Madison while studying conservation biology and sampling the streams that fed into the Yahara River. After years in D.C. workin on international water policy, Allen has returned to Madison to help protect the Yahara Watershed, and the Lakes it's connected to. Join Allen during World Water Week and help make clean water accessible to all.

March 2012
Student Uses Lessons From Home to Build Homes For Others

Student Uses Lessons From Home to Build Homes For Others

Many college students take going home for a good meal, or even their tiny apartment, for granted. UW-Madison student Jennifer Beth, however, is extremely grateful for her home and wants to give others a home as well. Working with the campus Habitat for Humanity, Beth helps those less fortunate than she has been by raising funds and building homes for those in need.

March 2012
Local Woman Turns Fear Into Strength with HDSA

Local Woman Turns Fear Into Strength with HDSA

Shana Martin decided to stand up to the disease her mother struggled against. A disease Martin holds a 50 percent chance of developing to this day. Rather than hide, Martin chose to fight the fatal Huntington's Disease by becoming the spokesperson for the Huntington's Disease Society of America 17 years ago.

March 2012
Friends of UW President Working to Ease Burden of Families With Cancer

Friends of UW President Working to Ease Burden of Families With Cancer

Most families never imagine the possibility of having to deal with a child with cancer. Debbie Cray has always blessed with a healthy family. Her gratefulness has inspired her to help those less fortunate by volunteering with Friends of UW.

February 2012
Mom Makes UCP Mission Her Personal Goal After Receiving Support for Son

Mom Makes UCP Mission Her Personal Goal After Receiving Support for Son

Melanie Patterson knew little about the world of people living with disabilities until her son was deemed eligible for UCP support at the age of 3. United Cerebral Palsy has helped make life for Melanie and her family easier for the past eight years. In thanks, Melanie volunteers to pay forward that help and create a world where anyone can participate.

February 2012
Former UW-Madison Basketball Player Uses Sport to Help Find a Cure Against Cancer

Former UW-Madison Basketball Player Uses Sport to Help Find a Cure Against Cancer

Charlie Wills always enjoyed volunteering and giving back to the community. But when a close friend of his began battling cancer, he felt the need to become more involved. Now on the Coaches vs. Cancer Board of Directors, as well as chairing the Suits and Sneakers committee, Wills is committed to doing his part to help find a cure for cancer.

February 2012
Mom Makes Epilepsy Fundraising a Family Affair

Mom Makes Epilepsy Fundraising a Family Affair

Having a daughter with epilepsy opened Anne Morgan Giroux up to a silent disease she previously knew nothing about. After becoming aware of the ground-breaking research in her own backyard, Giroux and her family created Lily's Fund. Their annual Lily's Luau helps end the silence on this underfunded and unknowingly common disease.

January 2012

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