“Run with the Cops”, Join in Public Power Week Celebration at WWLC, “Dancing for a Cause”







Step Up and “Run with the Cops” on Behalf of Special Olympics

Tommorrow, the Wisconsin Rapids area can enjoy the fall color and temperatures with a fun recreational opportunity for ‘good’ – join Wisconsin Rapids police officers for the Run with the Cops 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run

Local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Wisconsin host this event, with proceeds helping local athletes with intellectual disabilities train and compete in sports year-round. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m., outside the Centralia Center at 220 Third Avenue South.


Kids 12 years old and younger can participate in the half-mile run with McGruff the Crime Dog. Then, flashing police vehicle lights will illuminate the 5K adult run/walk route. Visitors also can try on SWAT gear, meet K9 officers and sit behind the wheel of a squad car

Last year, communities raised more than $65,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. You can sign up online and donate to a participant of your choice, or collect pledges from family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, businesses and more for your own run/walk. Cash and check donations also are accepted.

This year, I encourage our community’s runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to step up on behalf of this worthy cause.

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – On-site registration & packet pick-up
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Law Enforcement Vehicle Display, a fun opportunity for kiddos! Try on SWAT gear, tour a police command center, police cars, meet the local K9s and more!
  • 6:30 p.m. – Kid’s Dash with the Cops and Ace the K9!
  • 7:30 p.m. – 5K Run/Walk

Join in Public Power Week Celebration at Water Works & Lighting Commission

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-10-20-13-amI invite you to join us in celebrating Public Power Week this Thursday, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., at our Wisconsin Rapids Water Works & Lighting  (WWLC) facility at 221 16th Street South. Event highlights include gift certificate drawings, giveaways, bucket truck rides, tours of the water filter plant, and complimentary food and beverages.

Our WWLC celebration is part of an annual national observance to remind customers and stakeholders about the “hometown” advantages that community-owned public power electric utilities offer. WWLC is one of about 2,000 such utilities across the country, which serve 48 million Americans. WWLC holds down household and business costs with its not-for-profit rates, and then puts much of its revenue right back into the community in support of utility infrastructure reinvestment, local programs and services, such as investments in renewable energy projects.

When it comes to service, WWLC has a proven track record of keeping the power on and/or restoring it as soon as possible.

WWLC also contributes to the economic vitality of our community by providing jobs, purchasing locally, and contributing payments to our City coffers.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate and express appreciation for everything that public power does for us.

Put Your Best Foot Forward – Support “Dancing for a Cause”

Our community is fortunate to have a strong base of charitable and service organizations that nurture our culture of compassion and concern. One such organization, Wisconsin Rapids Sunrise Rotary Club, currently is building upon that tradition in a unique fashion, with its “Dancing for a Cause” campaign.

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-38-03-pmThrough next Friday, October 14, you can go out and vote for dancing teams putting on performances online to raise money for community causes, and for Sunrise Rotary programs and services.

The campaign culminates at the “Dancing for a Cause” Dinner/Dance event being held on Friday, October 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Hotel Mead. Guests can enjoy a cash bar, Little Italy buffet, raffles, dancing to the Downtowners Band (Fond du Lac} and continued voting for the winning dance team. Cost is $50 per person.

Funds raised will go directly to charities selected by the dance teams, with a share of net proceeds to support Rotary projects and new initiatives.

Wisconsin Rapids Sunrise and Noon Rotary Clubs place special emphasis on youth, with funds used for charitable programs within the community, youth exchange programs and similar projects. They are part of a world fellowship of business and professional persons united by the motto, “Service Above Self.”

Tickets for the “Dancing for a Cause” Dinner/Dance are available online, and from any Sunrise Rotary member. Purchase by Friday, October 7th!  Either (or both!) ways, contributing is an excellent way to thank them for their time, talent and energy on behalf of great community causes.

For more information, contact: mary_jo_green@hotmail.com.

Thanks for reading,

Mayor Zach Vruwink



One thought on ““Run with the Cops”, Join in Public Power Week Celebration at WWLC, “Dancing for a Cause”

  1. Nancy Mischnick

    Thanks Mayor Vruwink for all your efforts to support the communities, non-profits & activities in our area! Your example of community involvement is one which should be duplicated by other public servants & residents throughout the state!

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