Mel’s Charities mission is to provide Great Times for Great Causes, supporting non-profit organizations in Ozaukee County. We have a strong emphasis in special needs, human services and memorial scholarships.
In this Issue
2019 Signature Events
Mattie Malkowski's Field of Dreams
How Dreams Become a Reality
Ross Shares His Thoughts
Round Up For Mel's
Country in the Burg
2019 Mel's Charities
Melapalooza Music and Softball JULY 19-20
Centennial Park / Grafton
10th Annual Mel's Fun Run/Walk SEPT 28 Cedars III / Cedarburg
Mel's Pig Roast SEPT 29 Cedars III / Cedarburg
What We Raise Here Stays Here Matthew Malkowski's Field of Dreams
In 2010 a tragic, drunk driving accident took the life of Matthew (Mattie) Malkowski at the young age of 18. Mattie was a senior at Grafton High School and was looking forward to going to college and playing football at Concordia, Chicago. He served on the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department with his dad, David. Planning to pursue a career in fighting fires, possibly working on arson cases, Mattie’s goal was to be in a big city where big fires happen.
Mattie would light up a room when he walked in, he had an infectious smile and the best (((HUGS))). He was a friend to all. During his senior year, he saw a group of students picking on a developmentally disabled friend in the hall. Mattie asked the kids to stop and not pick on his friend again or he would report them to the principal. This stopped the bullying.
The year of Mattie’s death, his friends collected $500 for a scholarship in Mattie’s name. This first scholarship went to a Mattie’s best friend that was also going to Concordia, Chicago. This friend has remained close with the Malkowski family. Mattie’s parents, David and Jan continued to fund a scholarship for two additional years but were feeling they would not be able to continue funding it. A good friend dropped by the Malkowski home with Mel from Mel’s Charities. Mel assured the family that Matt would always be remembered through a scholarship funded by Mel’s Charities.
An opportunity came to Mel’s to be part of the Grafton Farmers Market. Mel called and encouraged Jan to help them out with the market and the funds raised would be added to the scholarship. Reluctantly, Jan agreed and looks back on this being a turning point in her grieving. She was able to share the stories about Mattie with the public and help keep the memory of Mattie alive.
In 2013, David and Jan were in a meeting and found out about the new baseball fields that were being planned in Grafton. The expense of these field would be tremendous and Grafton Little League was looking for ways to fund them. David asked how much each field would cost and the estimated was $50,000. The Malkowski’s went home and discussed how they could fund a field in memory of their son and brother. Dave, Jan and Emily committed to raising the funds for one of the fields and started an annual Cornhole Tournament to raise the money.
As part of the Mel’s Charity team, Jan told her story at Ansay and Associates. Mike Ansay was in attendance and after listening to Jan, he committed Ansay to help fund what whatever needed to be done to ensure that Mattie Malkowski Field of Dreams would become a reality.
Jan shared some thoughts on Mel’s Charities, “Mel and Mel’s Charities gave me purpose in life. My depression was horrible, I did not know how I could go on after losing Mattie. Mel is the humblest person I know; he cares about everyone and never takes credit for all he does. Nancy Stanton has become a very dear friend to us and at times has been a rock for me, I'm so grateful to know both these wonderful, kind hearted souls and to be part of the Mel’s dysfunctional family.”
The Mattie Malkowski Field of Dreams is one of the planned 4 baseball fields being built. So far, two fields are in operation and the Field of Dreams is slated to open in 2020, marking the 10th year since Mattie’s death. The Grafton Little league is still looking for funding to finish the complex. Field 4, bathrooms, concessions, bringing water to the grounds, and many numerous small projects are still in need of funding. Or if you are an electrician, plumber, landscaper, etc. and would like to volunteer your services, there is also much "labor of Love that will be needed. For more information on how you can help, please contact Mel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ansay and Associates has been a supporter of Mel’s Charities for several years. In talking with Mike Ansay, he explained some of the reasons they have chosen to support Mel’s. It starts with the core values he was raised with. Adolf Ansay, Mike’s father, always said you have to give to get. "Each sponsorship chosen is strategic, meaningful and purposeful. What Mel’s Charities does is purposeful and makes a difference. The funds stay local and make a direct impact on our communities." Mike Ansay
We are thankful Mike Ansay and Ansay and Associates came into our lives!
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Mel's Stories How Dreams Become Reality
As you’ll see in this month’s newsletter, Mel’s Charities is helping Mattie’s Field of Dreams become a reality in Grafton. The relationship that’s developed between Mel’s Charities and the Matt Malkowski family once again reinforces my belief in what can be accomplished when we IMPACT lives one day at a time.
I vividly remember meeting Dave and Jan Malkowski and their daughter Emily shortly after they lost Mattie. I didn’t know much about them, only that their hearts were aching. They were not familiar with our mission, so there was a ton of trepidation on both sides when I walked into their home.
Since that very difficult first meeting, the Malkowski’s have become tireless volunteers and fantastic friends to so many at Mel’s Charities. Seeing the Malkowski family break ground on Mattie’s Field of Dreams is a moment that I and the whole community will Never Forget.
IMPACT is defined as having a strong effect on someone or something. Mattie Malkowski will provide a powerful IMPACT for decades through memorial scholarships in his name at Grafton High School and for all the kids who’ll be playing baseball on Mattie’s Field of Dreams. All of us at Mel’s Charities are grateful we can play a leading role in making this happen.
The story of the Malkowski family coming out of darkness and shining light on so many through Mattie’s memorial scholarships and the Field of Dreams has had a profound IMPACT on the community…and especially someone I know. Me.
We are blessed to be a part of this special community!
Tom (Mel) Stanton
Nick Horrigan has been involved with Mel’s Charities since the beginning. His father, Tim Horrigan sits on the board of Mel’s and brought Nick along as a kid to help with setting up and help with anything that needed to be done for the Pig Roast. Mel inspired Nick to give back to the community. Getting younger people involved is so important for the future of Mel’s. We are developing a Farm Team, a group of young individuals to continue the mission of Mel’s. Nick was one of the first Farm Team members, taking on leadership roles and making a difference in our community.
Watching Mel over the years, it was easy for Nick to follow by Mel’s example of helping people. Nick was 28 years old and saw a need to involve younger people and started the Pig Scramble Golf outing. 2018 was the 7the year of the golf outing, this event raised $38,000 for Mel’s. Nick likes what Mel’s Charities is doing and that the funds raised stay in Ozaukee County.
Nick Horrigan, Owner Mequon Pizza Co
Melapalooza July 19 – 20
Centennial Park, Grafton Friday night softball features: Rod Wilterdink All-Stars
Grafton and Cedarburg Fire Department
Ozaukee County Special Olympics will be playing with members of the 2007 & 2009 Grafton High School's Girls basketball State Championship team
Win a 2006 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
Florida owned, MINT condition, 55,000 original miles.
The car was donated by the Duhr family, longtime friends and supporter of our mission.
Rules and Fine Print:
$100 per ticket. Drawing July 20th, 8:00 pm at Melapalooza in Centennial Park, Grafton, WI.
Ticket holder or proxy must be present with ticket to win
5 Names will be drawn, each person drawn will receive a key.
The person with the key that opens the car door is the winner.
100% of proceeds will be donated to Grafton Little League for Matt Malkowski’s “Field of Dreams” baseball field.
Contact email@example.com to purchase tickets.
Pig Scramble Register Today River Club of Mequon, Monday, July 29th $600 per foursome. 10:00 am Fun begins 12:00 pm Shotgun start
Enjoy a great day of golf with friends at River Club of Mequon. All net proceeds to benefit Mel’s Charities, Inc. Entry fee includes: driving range time lunch, 18 holes with cart, beer, swag bag and dinner.
On-course games including a chance to win a Chevy from Andrew Chevrolet. Raffle and silent auction conclude after golf
Ross Shares His Thoughts Ross's thoughts on the Spot
Hello everyone from Mel's Charities! We all know that a very special holiday just happened, Independence Day, celebrating our freedom & our country that we all believe in. It is a great day to spend time with friends and family and also our fellow Americans. It is a special day to celebrate the many people we loved all year.
Mel's Charities gives supports to many great organizations like Ozaukee County Special Olympics. Mel’s is made of up local heroes, those that support, attend and volunteer at Mel’s events, we celebrate them every year on the Fourth of July. Tom Stanton always says Great Times for Great Causes and we help serve Ozaukee County to make it a better place.
Thank you to the Cedarburg community for helping and caring about our organization. We give back to the people that we Believe in our mission and the many great people that support Mel's Charities.
God Bless America!
Mr. Ross Rintelman
Board Member & Ambassador
Mel's Charities, Inc
Dear Mel’s Charities,
On April 14th two of you participated in our Wheelchair Bowling event at the Globe Lanes in Random Lake. We explained that all funds raised at this event go Camp American Legion. On your departure you pledged to make a donation to our cause in memory of Stephen Castner. Shortly we received a check for $500.00.
We have four fund raisers a year. Two go to keep the Post running. The other two, Wheelchair Bowling and our Packer Tailgate Party (which is held in November) go to help the charitable causes of the Melvin Wester Belgium Memorial Post.
Our policy is to be up front with the supporters of our charitable fund raisers and tell them how their money is spent. This is where your $500.00 was spent. First the “Very Shinny Floor” The main Lodge at Camp has 3000 Sq. feet of floor. We used part of your donation to professionally strip it, wash it and re-wax it. Second, the Camp uses a lot of bottled water as it helps their many visitors. Part of your donation was used to purchase 16 cases of bottled water. Lastly it was noticed that a number of Cabin Fire Extinguishers and Pontoon Boat Extinguishers needed replacing. So, using your donation we replaced the 10 needed Cabin extinguishers and 4 Pontoon Boat units.
Pictured are top row left Camp Director Don Grundy and his wife Lillie, 5 Post 412 members and a Belgium area volunteer.
Again, thank you for your donation.
Melvin Wester Belgium Memorial Post 412 ______________________________________________________________________________
I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the presentation last week at Ansay & Associates. Working closely for Mike, I had built an awareness of your organization but clearly had a lot more to learn. You and your team are so infectiously passionate about what you’re doing – I look forward to volunteering at future events.
Megan Holloway Ansay and Associates
Events on Behalf of Mel's Helping Us, Helping Others
Mequon Pizza Company July 1 – September 29
Nick Horrigan, owner of Mequon Pizza Company, says it is a simple way for everyone to donate in a small way which adds up to a lot of good.
Cedarburg’s Wayne’s Drive-In and Mel’s Charites each Celebrate their 21st anniversary by teaming up to raise fund for local organizations May 1– September 30.
Country in the Burg
August 24, 2019
Who is ready to see Country Star Kip Moore along with Josh Thompson & David Nail perform at Country In The Burg on August 24th? Presented by Partnership Bank, Ansay & Associates, LLC Ansay International and FM106.1. All preceeds benefiting Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Wounded Warrior Project and Mel's Charities.