Fundraising Committee

Determine parameters for sponsors based on their donation to include exposure in event booklet, website, radio and press releases.  Make contacts via mail and/or in person with personal network of associates, friends and business acquaintances to obtain sponsorships for Making Spirits Bright. Committee Members:
  • Gerry Plehn, Chair


Gerry Plehn, Chair    920-234-2292

    Finance Committee

    Finance committee coordinates and reports on all financial transactions for the organization. This includes collections, disbursements, and budgets to be in compliance with non-profit organizations. Committee Members:
    • J. Dennis Frey, Treasurer


    J. Dennis Frey, Chair

    Special Events Committee

    Responsible for the planning and implementation of  decorating the  Quarryview Center,  concessions, entertainment, and Santa visits for children during the event.  This group also plans the VIP party for the annual sponsors and hosts the event. Committee Members:
    • Ann Rogers, Co-Chair
    • Jan Voigt, Co-Chair
    • Laura Gumm
    • Kris Krentz
    • Charlette Nennig


    Ann Rogers, Co-Chair Jan Voigt, Co-Chair

    Volunteer Committee

    Engage volunteers from businesses, organizations and churches to assist during the event in the park and at the quarryview center and create master schedule. Recruit area restaurants to provide food for volunteers on a nightly basis as well as for set up and take down. Host the volunteers in the headquarters trailer from set up to take down. A summer clean up of the headquarters trailer may be required. Committee Members:
    • Terri Hackbarth, Co-Chair
    • Judy Straus, Co-Chair
    • Mary Grasse
    • Carol Grover
    • Jane Seipel
    • Kristin Blanchard-Stearns


    Terri Hackbarth, Co-Chair Judy Straus, Co-Chair

    Food Collection Committee

    Work in cooperation with the Sheboygan County Food Bank to provide means of collection of pantry items during event as well as securing a truck for transport and a collection spot for sorting and counting of said items.  Explore ways to partner with other entities for pantry collection during the event. Committee Members:
    • Liz Kroll, Co-Chair
    • Lauren Smith, Co-Chair
    • Lauren Matzdorf
    • Steve Straus
    • Eric Zufelt


    Liz Kroll, Co-Chair  920-946-9880 Lauren Smith, Co-Chair

    Operations Committee

    Maintains volunteer headquarters, works with police and Park and Forestry Dept of the city for traffic control in the park and on Highway 42.  Will be required to assist with transporting of displays to and from storage, renting Metros, working with the Design/Set-Up committee for electrical upgrades and maintenance and working with City of Sheboygan and private entities in regard to snow removal and salting should it be necessary.  During inclement weather, team is responsible for shoveling at quarry and in collection areas in the park as well as around the headquarters trailer.  This committee would also monitor placement of signage along Hwy 42 for lane usage and radio station information a well as securing barricades from the City for control of traffic in the park. Committee Members:
    • Greg Neal, Co-Chair
    • Phil Stoelb, Co-Chair
    • Brent Neevel
    • Jerry Plehn


    Greg Neal, Co-Chair Phil Stoelb, Co-Chair

    Marketing & PR Committee

    Responsible for creation of annual event booklet and soliciting ad sponsors.  Other areas of commitment would include rental of billboards, Press media, radio public addresses, parade participation, and banner placement.  New avenues of exposure to be explored include partnering with area motels/hotels for package deals and looking for other small events to be held in conjunction with the light show such as a 5K Walk/Run. Committee Members:
    • Gerry Plehn, Chair
    • Al Jante
    • Sue Kieffer
    • Kayla Mueller
    • Deb Severns
    • Marjorie Stonehouse
    • Donna Wendlandt


    Gerry Plehn, Chair      920-234-2292

    Design & Setup Committee

    Creates and maintains all light displays and accompanying electrical and radio equipment and implements construction and set-up before the event and removal after the event.  Specific needs include the creative person as well as the “worker bee” to assist with assembly. Committee Members:
    • Greg Liebig, Co-Chair
    • Eric Sandvig, Co-Chair
    • Larry Boeldt
    • Andrew Bubb
    • Ken Ebbers
    • J. Dennis Frey
    • Joyce Mclachlan
    • John Muehlbauer
    • Ron Navis
    • Paul Neils
    • Jerry Plehn
    • Jeff Rakow


    Greg Liebig, Co-Chair  920-451-4646 Eric Sandvig, Co-Chair 920-946-1950

    5K Run & Walk Committee

    Committee Members:
    • Liz Kroll, Co-Chair
    • Lauren Smith, Co-Chair
    • Sue Dennis
    • Laura Donnelly
    • Jessica Huss Lardin
    • Stacie Kuck
    • Donna Wendlandt


    Liz Kroll, Co-Chair, Lauren Smith, Co-Chair

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