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The River Food Pantry: Sponsor or Support the HOPE (Help Other People Eat) Holiday Food Drive

Everyone deserves to enjoy a holiday meal, but not all can afford it in Dane County.

With today’s high cost of living, thousands of our low-income neighbors are being forced to choose between paying bills and buying groceries. Renee is one of our neighbors who is doing everything she can to stay afloat, while also dealing with a serious health condition that has impacted her diet and ability to work. This grandmother of three would love to share a holiday meal with her loved ones, but it’s just too expensive.

You can help. By sponsoring or supporting The River Food Pantry’s HOPE (Help Other People Eat) Holiday Food Drive, you will not only provide nutritious food to fill bellies over the holidays, you will help our food-insecure neighbors celebrate the season in ways that bring hope.

With your HOPE donation or sponsorship, you will help provide a bountiful variety of holiday groceries and freshly prepared holiday meals for a local family in need. Last year, HOPE supporters brought hope, holiday joy, and smiles to nearly 2,000 households, including Renee’s, throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Thank you for making our Christmas bright with the gift of food at a time when food prices seem unbearable,” said Renee. “Making a holiday meal feels impossible for me. Now at least I can celebrate with my family.”

As the need for food grows in 2023, The River is preparing to serve record numbers this holiday season—the pantry’s busiest time of year. By giving to HOPE, you will help local children, seniors, veterans, and low-income families celebrate the holidays with delicious, quality food that makes the season bright.



To give by check, please mail checks with the word “HOPE” in the memo to: The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Road, Madison, WI 53704

Learn more here: HOPE Holiday Food Drive 2023 | The River Food Pantry

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Fenrici’s Special Offer: Satin Pillowcase Sets for Holiday Employee Gifts

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Madison-based Fenrici Brands is excited to extend an exclusive offer to local businesses seeking thoughtful and beneficial gifts for their staff. Our Satin Pillowcase Gift Sets are not just a symbol of appreciation; they are a gift of better sleep, wellness, and daily rejuvenation.

Crafted from premium satin, these pillowcases help to minimize friction, allowing skin and hair to glide smoothly across the surface, reducing the chance of sleep wrinkles and hair breakage. The gentle interaction with the skin also helps to maintain hydration, combating dryness and leaving a feeling of freshness upon waking. This attention to detail ensures that your staff can enjoy the subtle luxury of a good night’s sleep, returning to work feeling well-rested and cared for.

To enhance your corporate gifting this season, Fenrici is offering these sumptuous Satin Pillowcase Gift Sets at an attractive 40% off retail price exclusively for chamber members. It’s an opportunity to not only reward your employees but also to invest in their sleep health—a critical component of overall well-being.

We invite you to browse our selection and secure your holiday appreciation gifts at To access the exclusive 40% corporate discount, please email us directly at with your order inquiry. This special offer is tailored for corporate gifting and requires a minimum purchase of 10 sets to ensure all your valued employees can enjoy this token of appreciation.

Choose Fenrici this holiday season to celebrate and honor the relentless dedication of your team. Let’s make their rest as productive as their workdays.

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Wisconsin Union: Opportunity to Honor Veterans, Service Members for Their Service at Memorial Union Nov. 10

Nov. 2, 2023        

Contact: Shauna Breneman
Phone: (608) 262-8862



MADISON – The University Veteran Services and Wisconsin Union teams at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invite the public to recognize veterans and service members during the Veterans Day Recognition Breakfast on Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. in the Main Lounge at Memorial Union.

Following the event, the UW–Madison chapter of Student Veterans of America will provide free miniature United States flags for members of the public to place on Bascom Hill in honor of veterans. The student organization will make flags available through 4 p.m. or while supplies last.

The Veterans Day Recognition Breakfast will include free light refreshments, live music by the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a presentation of the United States and Wisconsin flags by students in the Army ROTC Badger Battalion Color Guard and remarks by:

  • Dr. Lori Reesor, UW–Madison vice chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Joe Rassmussen, director of University Veteran Services and United States Marine Corps veteran
  • Natalie Isensee ‘00, the 2022 Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Woman Veteran of the Year and a former United States Marine Corps captain

“Veterans Day brings an opportunity each year to acknowledge those alongside us, who served our country, sacrificing time with friends and family, putting other parts of life on hold and putting their lives on the line for us,” said Mark Guthier, Wisconsin Union director and UW–Madison associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “It’s also a solemn reminder of those who did not return home from service and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

This event is part of year-round efforts by the Wisconsin Union to honor service members and veterans and by University Veteran Services to support UW–Madison service members and veterans. The Wisconsin Union and the University Veteran Services teams have hosted a Veterans Day event since 2018, and recognizing service members has been part of the Wisconsin Union’s history since its building Memorial Union opened in 1928.

University Veterans Services supports service member and veteran UW–Madison students with advising, benefits consultation, connections to a community of support and peer support programs.

Memorial Union opened in 1928 with the words “Erected and Dedicated to the Memory of the Men and Women of the University of Wisconsin Who Served in our Country’s Wars” in its south side stone. The building has also long had wooden plaques listing the names of fallen UW–Madison service members.

Memorial Union also includes an electronic memorial that debuted in 2019 called the Gold Star Honor Roll, which includes the names of more than 900 fallen Badger service members. The Union’s electronic Gold Star Honor Roll can be viewed in Memorial Hall at Memorial Union, the Hamel Family Browsing Library at Memorial Union and online. Fallen UW–Madison alumni service members, who died of service-related causes, can be submitted to the Gold Star Honor Roll here.

The recognition breakfast is made possible with support from the Wisconsin Union and the National Veterans Leadership Foundation.

Guests can learn more about the Veterans Day Recognition Breakfast and other campus Veterans Day events here.


About University Veteran Services

University Veterans Services’ mission is to support the Wisconsin Experience of military-connected students by fostering personal transitions and pursuit of academic success. The office supports military-connected students in three key focus areas: education benefits, academic success, education, and advocacy. Learn more:

About the Wisconsin Union

The Wisconsin Union enhances the lives of members and visitors through recreational, cultural, educational and social opportunities. Formed in 1907, the Wisconsin Union is a membership organization that blends study and leisure to create unique out-of-classroom opportunities. Learn more about the Union and its tradition of providing experiences for a lifetime:

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MSCR Announces Friends of MSCR Auction to Begin November 6 at 8 am!

November 1, 2023

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nicole Graper at

MSCR Announces Friends of MSCR Auction to Begin November 6 at 8 am!
Proceeds support MSCR Programs

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is holding the annual Friends of MSCR Online Auction on November 6-17 at Bid on more than 150 fabulous items in the 2023 Online Auction, proceeds support MSCR programs and services.

Bidding begins Monday, November 6 at 8 am and ends Friday, November 17 at 8pm. Items include pet care, gift baskets, entertainment, spa services, sports memorabilia and much more. Perfect for holiday shopping!

“We are grateful to the Friends of MSCR and all our donors for supporting this special fundraiser. Proceeds help us serve all community members,” described Janet Dyer, MSCR Executive Director.

Since 2013, the Friends of MSCR has gifted $480,000 to MSCR. These funds support new program initiatives, important equipment, outdoor education, afterschool clubs and neighborhood center programming, to better serve the Madison community. For example, a Friends of MSCR grant allowed MSCR Afterschool at Anana Elementary to offer a budget friendly healthy cooking class for families.  Another Friends grant supported a pod cast club at the MSCR Meadowood Neighborhood Center. This summer, MSCR also launched a new Mobile Clay program thanks to a Friends of MSCR grant.

This year’s Online Auction is supported by the following generous sponsors:
Recreation Enthusiast: Oak Park Place

Afterschool Advocate: Greenleaf Media & Slow Roll Cycles

Go to to view all the items. The auction takes place through November 17.

MSCR offers many recreation programs for all ages that are accessible and affordable.  Fee assistance is available, please call 608-204-3000 or visit for more information.  MSCR is Madison’s public recreation department serving the community since 1926.

About Friends of Madison School & Community Recreation

Friends of MSCR is a non-profit organization that supports Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) programs and services. MSCR’s proud history of service began in 1926, and Friends of MSCR is committed to ensuring that MSCR public recreation programs remain accessible and affordable in the future.

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Pellitteri Waste Systems Introduces Innovative Waste Management App to Provide Reminders, Simplify Routines, and Help Recycle Right

FMI: Joleen Engeseth
Marketing Coordinator
608-257-6232 ext. 346

Pellitteri Waste Systems Introduces Innovative Waste Management App to Provide Reminders, Simplify Routines, and Help Recycle Right

SOUTHERN WISCONSIN (Oct. 30, 2023) — Today, Pellitteri Waste Systems, a Madison-based, family-owned waste management company committed to sustainability, proudly announces the launch of the Pellitteri Waste Systems app. The mobile application is designed to revolutionize how customers manage their trash and recycling, ensuring they never miss trash day again.

“Six a.m. is no time to chase the trash truck,” said Danielle Pellitteri, Vice President of Pellitteri Waste Systems. “Running to the curb in a robe should be a thing of the past. Now, with the Pellitteri Waste Systems app, our customers have the power in their hands to never forget to set out their trash and recycling carts again. Plus, we know our community is looking for answers about what is recyclable and how to do it properly; this app can help.”

Key features of the app include:

  • Customized reminders and alerts
  • At-a-glance calendars
  • Proper disposal tips 

Pellitteri customers no longer need to print calendars or otherwise remember their route collection schedule; they can always see it and easily set up reminder notifications. Inclement weather and holidays could change collection schedules. Customers can choose to receive alerts for their routes in the app.

For those who want to make a difference but don’t always know what’s recyclable, the Recycle Right search feature provides tips on how to dispose of specific items correctly. Pellitteri is excited to see more of the community use this tool, recycle right, and add to Pellitteri’s 145 million pounds of recyclables collected each year. By properly recycling, you can help build a more sustainable, eco-friendly future so more recyclables can be made into new products.

“We believe that waste solutions should be convenient and environmentally conscious. The Pellitteri Waste Systems app empowers users to be the star in their house, neighborhood, and on behalf of our planet while making their weekly routine a breeze,” said Pellitteri.  The app is available to download at or directly from the Apple and Google Play stores. Once downloaded, the app makes it easy for users to put the right items in the right carts and get them to the curb on the right day.

About Pellitteri Waste Systems

Pellitteri Waste Systems is a Madison-based, family-owned and operated waste disposal and recycling company focused on providing needs-based solutions and outstanding customer service. Pellitteri has a proud tradition of service and community involvement and currently serves over 70,000 households for waste and recycling collection throughout Southern Wisconsin. Pellitteri offers environmental leadership, stewardship, and innovation, as shown by their constant work to recycle better and more items at their local state-of-the-art recycling facility. Pellitteri collects and processes millions of pounds of recycling to be made into new products each year and is a recipient of the 2023 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award and the Outstanding Achievement in Education Award. Learn more at