Award Recipient Stories
Care-a-lotta has helped dozens of campaigns over the years. Read some of our award recipients' stories below.
2015 PROJECT SPOT-ON CAMPAIGN WINNER: URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER
Urban Ecology Center (UEC) uses ecological understanding as inspiration for change in under-served neighborhoods in Milwaukee. The organization serves over 75,000 adults and children every year, providing environmental education and fun, outdoor adventures.
Lianna Bishop of UEC said the Care-a-lotta partnership was greatly successful for the organization. “Bartolotta’s provided invaluable resources to help the Center raise awareness of our mission as well as friends and funds through our inaugural HKE MKE event.” HKE MKE 2015 was Urban Ecology Center’s first annual fundraising walk through Riverside Park and the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum. Care-a-lotta board members participated in the planning committee, adding valuable brain power to the planning process, and over 30 Bartolotta employees volunteered the day of the event, helping the Urban Ecology Center raise nearly $30,000 to support its mission and programs.
“Thank you Bartolotta Restaurants,” said Bishop, “for your generosity and friendship that helped the Urban Ecology Center connect more Milwaukeeans to nature.”
2013 SPOT-ON CAMPAIGN WINNER: PATHFINDERS
Pathfinders Milwaukee is a local organization that provides shelter, counseling and support for homeless and at-risk youth throughout Milwaukee. Pathfinders was chosen as the winner of the 2013 Spot-On campaign because they had a very apparent passion for the work they do and a clear vision for how they wanted to utilize Bartolotta's resources to spread awareness for their mission. Pathfinders and the Care-a-lotta board painted the spots on Northpoint custard stand black and put beds on the roof, drawing the attention of local media and many passersby. A 'Bedhead Lemonade' was featured on the Northpoint menu all season, and the proceeds were donated to Pathfinders at the end of the year. Four Bartolotta chefs took part in a Chopped-style cooking competition at Pathfinders (above picture) to benefit the organization, and another fun collaborative event is currently in the works for the fall.
FROM COLLEEN HENRY, WHO SITS ON THE PATHFINDERS BOARD:
The Spot-On campaign is a celebration of community partnership!
The Care-a-lotta team has helped Pathfinders raise money to support homeless teens, but more importantly, it's proved invaluable in raising the community awareness needed to generate long-lasting resources to fight circumstances that lead kids to the streets. With its extraordinary creativity and philathropic spirit, Care-a-lotta has created exciting and highly publicized events that have attracted a new crop of supporters to our cause.
The application process is straight-forward. The presentation phase - friendly, but focused. When they say you have ten minutes to make your presentation, believe it. A bell will ring when your time is up. But the experience is so rewarding. We've met so many wonderful people, all committed to sharing their gifts to improve their community. And when the brainstorming begins, watch out. Joe Bartolotta hoisted beds on the roof of NorthPoint Custard to demonstrate his commitment to finding more beds for teens who don't have them. Chefs Mark Schmidt and Todd Moore orchestrated a fabulous chefs' contest using our shelter pantry staples, and the Care-a-lotta board is now plotting a ping-pong play-off at Pier Wisconsin where contestants will wield kitchen utensils instead of paddles. Throughout, the Bartolotta staff have incorporated our young people in their planning, offering training and inspiration. We give thanks for their great corporate citizenship, and can't wait to see what rollicking do-gooding our future collaborations bring.
Care-a-lotta puts the FUN in fundraising!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD COLLEEN GIVE TO THOSE ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING TO BE A SPOT-ON CAMPAIGN RECIPIENT?
As a Spot-On applicant, I recommend focusing your energies on educating the Care-lotta board about your organization's specific needs. Every non-profit needs money - tell them what that money provides to the community you serve -- you'll be stunned to find the Care-a-lotta team has soon conceived of a fantastic list of creative, media-friendly ideas to raise awareness about your cause.
The application process is straightforward; the presentation unnerving. The ten-minute limit is enforced with a timer. Stay focused.
The best part of the Care-a-lotta collaboration is working with its board of committed, compassionate corporate citizens. The Bartolotta reputation for quality infuses Care-a-lotta's efforts as well, and the opportunity to join forces with its team of professionals is, by far, the most rewarding aspect of Project Spot-On. Meetings are energy-filled and unleash fresh, exciting initatives.
READ BELOW ABOUT HOW SOME RECENT CARE-A-LOTTA CREDIT RECIPIENTS USED THEIR AWARDS WITH BARTOLOTTA'S.
GREENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES UNIT'S FIRST K-9 TEAM AT SPECIAL EVENT AT JOEY GERARD'S
The Greendale Police Department used its Care-a-lotta Credit in June of 2013 to host a donor and volunteer appreciation event at Joey Gerard’s to celebrate the successful implementation of the unit’s first-ever K-9 team.
Chief Robert Malasuk gave a presentation on the K-9 Unit’s recent activities, including details about the dog’s kennel and about the dog and the handler’s specialized training in North Carolina. Malasuk then introduced Nova, the unit’s K-9, and his trainer, Officer Tony Fitzgerald, and donors were given the opportunity to have their picture taken with Nova.
MILWAUKEE BALLET HOSTS FUNDRAISING EVENT TO SHOWCASE ORGANIZATION AND BID FAREWELL TO BELOVED COSTUME MISTRESS AT LAKE PARK BISTRO
Milwaukee Ballet used its Care-a-lotta Credit to host a luncheon at Lake Park Bistro in April 2013 that they called “Black and White: A Swan Lake Luncheon.” More than 100 friends of the Ballet gathered to celebrate the Ballet’s final show of the season, Swan Lake, and also to pay tribute to the Ballet’s longtime Costume Mistress, Mary Belle Potter, who was retiring after 40 years with the Ballet. The elegant and personal luncheon included a performance by Milwaukee Ballet dancers, and it not only raised funds for the Ballet, but it also provided an unforgettable opportunity for the Ballet to show its appreciation for a beloved employee.
MILWAUKEE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE RECOGNIZES COMMUNITY LEADERS AT BREAKFAST EVENT AT THE GRAIN EXCHANGE
The Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) used its Care-a-lotta Credit to host a Community Trendsetters Breakfast at the Grain Exchange in May 2013. Five area businesses that have hired MCFI Employment Services clients were recognized with awards for their important role in helping people with disabilities move through challenge to triumph.
Joe Bartolotta was the event’s featured speaker, and in his keynote address, he talked about the Bartolotta Restaurants’ experience with hiring MCFI employees at Northpoint, Rumpus Room and Joey Gerard’s. Following the breakfast, several large area companies expressed their own interest in hiring people with disabilities through MCFI.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross received a $5,000 in-kind donation from Carealotta's and invited over 70 women for a lunch in the Conservatory at Bacchus.
"The Grant we received through Care-a-lotta's, allowed us to hold this event, and quite honestly we would not have been able to fit it in our budget with times being so tight right now. You gave us an opportunity to educate a newer audience to the Red Cross and all we do. We are grateful to have been given this $5,000 grant and at first count we received over $15,000 in donations from the luncheon with several sending in gifts afterwards. That's new money the Red Cross and you helped make happen." - Patty Flowers, CEO American Red Cross
I have to write to tell you what a difference the Care-A-Lotta program has made to NuGenesis. As you know, we held our Farm to Table Gala last Thursday evening at Pier Wisconsin. NuGenesis is still a young organization settling into its mission and gaining strength. This marks the first time we have stepped into the realm of holding an evening and more formal event. It was a rousing success.
With the Care-A-Lotta grant as a solid foundation, we were able to go into Thursday knowing we would at least have some level of success. Response from the NuGenesis community was beyond what we could have hoped. The final tally is not in yet, but I know we raised far more than our initial goals.
What’s more, the food was GREAT! Several people commented to me. Please pass the thanks and appreciation on to others.
Sincerely, Mark Gale, CEO/Partner Charleston ORWIG
GREENDALE MARCHING BAND
In early 2014, the Greendale Marching Band hosted an event called "BEAMING: Bartolotta's Enhancing Arts and Music in Neighboring Greendale" using its $5,000 Care-a-lotta Credit.