From it's origins as a social outlet for seniors with an active lifestyle in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin to being a comprehensive provider of social services for people age 55 and over, the Colonial Club Senior Activity Center has evolved over the past 45 years to meet the needs of older adults throughout Northeast Dane County. Providing adult day care, case management resources, supportive home care, senior dining options, along with activities and trips. We also offer banquet facilities and catering for all age groups and special events.Learn more about us
Flush Fund Campaign Begins
With an aging building and an aging fleet of vehicles, the Colonial Club has kicked off a short term fundraising effort. Funds raised will support a number of capital improvement projects, including the purchase of 2 new vehicles, the renovation of three sets of restroom facilities and insulation. The campaign will run through August 1, 2016.
Since the building was built prior to 1990, none of the existing restrooms are ADA compliant. "It's embarrassing to be the community's senior center and not be able to offer barrier free access to restrooms," said Bob Power, Executive Director. He went on to say that fundraising for bathrooms and bathroom fixtures doesn't conjure up the enthusiasm that a new building campaign does. "No one seems to be jumping at the chance to have a bathroom named after them," he said, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, "So we decided to embrace the obvious obstacle and name our effort "The Flush Fund", a deliberate attempt to see the humor in the situation."
In addition to remodeling restrooms, the Colonial Club has been fundraising for a new bus and new van, as well as new insulation. "Transportation is among the most requested services at the Colonial Club," said Melody Riedel, Director of Services & Operations. "For aging adults who have decided to hang up the keys, it's a critical link to keep them involved and active in the community." Riedel said the vehicles are used to transport adult day center participants to and from their homes to the Colonial Club, as well as congregate meal participants. The bus is also used on Monday nights to help transport neighborhood residents to the weekly Sunshine Supper. Power said donors who contribute $1,000 or more will have their name incorporated into a original art design on the new bus.
Total costs for all the projects are estimated to be over $210,000. So far, through a number of grants and individual donations the Colonial Club has raised over $174,000. There will be multiple opportunities for donating, including a Go Fund Me campaign and special events like the StrawberryFest on June 18.
Checks can be sent to the Colonial Club, 301 Blankenheim Lane, Sun Prairie WI 53590. Or you can hit the donation icon in the upper right corner of this page and contribute with a credit card.
Stofflet to Speak at Mother's Day Luncheon
WMTV NBC-15 Anchor-reporter John Stofflet will be our special guest speaker at this year's annual Mother's Day Luncheon on Friday, May 6th. In addition to winning numerous Emmys, Stofflet has been on assignment to 40 countries and all 7 continents, and has interviewed President Obama at The White House. He is a native of Middleton and a graduate of the UW-Madison School of Journalism.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Stofflet 22 Emmy Awards, including two Best News Anchor Emmys in the Chicago/Midwest Region. He has also received Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting, and "Best Live On-Scene Reporting" and "Best News Writing" Awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. In addition, Stofflet's story about an artist with cerebral palsy who creates paintings using a typewriter has gone viral, and has been viewed by about 15-million people (and counting) on YouTube.
This year's luncheon will begin at 11:30, with Stofflet scheduled to speak at 12 p.m. Lunch is $10 for Club 301 members and $12 for non-members. This year's menu will feature an herb boneless chicken breast, potatoes & gravy, corn, jello fluff salad, brownies and beverages. Tickets are now on sale in the Main Office.
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