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GermanFest Milwaukee donates $10,000 to four local charities

Milwaukee, WI - For the first time in its 36-year history, German Fest Milwaukee joined with the MACC Fund, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin in creating United for Kids, an event to help raise awareness of these four charities. In addition to providing space for the organizations to come together under one tent during the 3-day festival, a portion of ticket sales from German Fest’s Family Day, Sunday, July 31st, was donated to these inspirational charities that put Wisconsin kids and families first.

At a luncheon Monday, September 26th, 2016, at Mader’s Restaurant in Milwaukee, German Fest’s Chairman of the Board Jerry Fischer, President Eric Radue and Vice President John Schaefer presented a check for $10,000 to the four charities. “German Fest is proud to be ‘United for Kids’ and partner with these charities,” said Radue. “These charities have such a great mission and are so active in the Milwaukee area, and with our family focus on Sunday it was an obvious fit. Together with the members of the Alte Kameraden Band, I am overjoyed that we were able to donate so much and look forward to partnering again in the future.”

Pictured from left, front row: German Fest Vice President John Schaefer, Heather Egerer and Ann Petrie of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Kelsey Rice of Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, Becky Pinter of MACC Fund, and Megan Van Deurzen of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. From left, back row: Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band member Dale Blank, German Fest President Eric Radue, Alte Kameraden members Richard Forester and Al Klug, and German Fest Chairman of the Board Jerry Fischer.

Freistadt’s Alte Kameraden Band also donated tips they earned during their German Fest performance. It was announced prior to the band’s fan favorite song “Gloria”, during which band members play amidst the crowd who in turn place money in the musician’s socks, that all donations received at German Fest would go towards the United for Kids charities. Members of the band also attended the luncheon where they announced $1,400 had been collected for donation.

German Fest, Southeast Wisconsin’s premier German ethnic festival and a Milwaukee tradition is held annually, the last full weekend in July at the Summerfest Grounds along the Lake Michigan shoreline. For more information, visit

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