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
Great Times for Great Causes
You Can't Make This Stuff Up
Ross Shares His Thoughts
PWSB Brat Fry
Round Up For Mel's
Country in the Burg
2019 Mel's Charities
10th Annual Mel's Fun Run/Walk SEPT 28 Cedars III / Cedarburg Register Today
Mel's Pig Roast SEPT 29
Doors open at 11:00am
Tickets available at:
Port Washington State Bank (all locations)
Mequon Pizza Company
Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly
The Bridge Inn
Great Times for Great Causes
Pork, Heart, and Giving Back
Eddie Bublitz has to be on the top of the list when you think of those that gives so much to our community. Eddie is a Mel’s Charities founding and current board member. he and his wife, Bonnie, are in charge of the food for the Pig Roast and the other Signature Events. Eddie has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Cedarburg Fire Department and is very active with the Tri County Pork Producers and Wisconsin Pork Association.
Eddie has been on the Board of Mel’s Charities since the beginning. Through Mel’s, he has met many people impacted by the funds raised and given away. “Mel’s takes the time to review grant applications thoroughly and not give away money foolishly. The money goes to the real needs of our community in the areas of Special Needs, Memorial Scholarships, and Human service organizations. Mel’s is a great organization to be apart of, we help others from our heart.” Eddie explained that the money raised at our events is all given back to the community and the administrative costs come in a different way. Mel’s Charities has sent up a 300Fun(d) program, where people commit to a donation $300 a year for 3 years. The fund raised through this program help with the administrative costs.
Eddie has been a volunteer with the Cedarburg Fire Department for 46 years. He received the Meritorious Award for his volunteer service to our community last year. “This is an honor and I feel humbled to have received this award. Only 34 of these awards have been given away since the beginning of the fire department in 1866.”
Eddie grew up on the family farm which started in the early 1840s. Eddie, his brother and nephew and continue to run the farm. They raise pork, beef cattle and cash crops. Eddie is actively involved with the Tri County Pork Producers which provides scholarships to 4H students looking to have a career in agriculture. They also hold Swine Day 3 times a year, an event to teach the youth in 4H how to raise and show pigs.
Mel’s Charities is more than another non-profit. Mel’s lifts the community and shows how heart, smarts, and believing good things will happen can impact a community. Mel’s is not one person, it is a group of individuals that have been touched by the mission, message, and desire to give back, that has made a difference.
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Mel's Stories Eddie Bublitz: passionate about pork, helping people and having fun.
I might not always remember the exact year, but there are specific moments that are forever etched in my mind.
In 1999 when approximately 50 individuals attend the very first Mel’s Pig Roast, it was not that difficult to make sure we had all the fixings for people to enjoy.
As more people began showing up at Cedars III for subsequent Pig Roasts, the pressure to prepare and serve our famous pulled pork each year was becoming just a little overwhelming OK, a lot!
One year, I was attempting to play softball in the Boesch Memorial Tournament in Grafton. Ironically, this event, with the blessing of the Boesch family, has morphed into Melapalooza. I am pretty sure it was Todd Boesch who said, “I need to introduce you to a friend of mine--Eddie Bublitz. * He is a key volunteer for us, and oh by the way, president of the Tri-County Pork Producers.” Never was I so happy to hear such words.
Eddie and I hit it off immediately because we were both passionate about two things--having fun and Impacting lives in our community.
Eddie and his band of fun-loving pork producers immediately jumped in and took over food operations at Mel’s Pig Roast. Word spread fast about serving the best pulled pork in Ozaukee County--so much that we now need a 6000 Square-foot tent to accommodate everyone.
Years ago, my father asked me if I had five (non-family) friends that I could count on anytime…anywhere. I struggled to come up with that list. Ask me the same question today and Eddie Bublitz is number one. That’s how much this man means to me, not only at Mel’s Charities, but personally. I am forever grateful our lives have crossed.
*Eddie is a founding and current Board member at Mel’s Charities. He has also been an active member of the Cedarburg Fire Department for the past 46 years. Eddie is one of only 34 individuals who have earned the department’s Meritorious Service Award in 153 years.
We are blessed to be a part of this special community!
Tom (Mel) Stanton
If you have always wanted to VOLUNTEER with our dysfunctional family, we could use your help at
Mel's Charities Pig Roast, September 29. Sign Up Here
Why We Love Mel’s Charities
By Becki Schimpf, Marketing Coordinator
In the words of American entertainer Wavy Gravy, “We can make a difference and have fun doing it.” This pretty much sums up the efforts of the volunteers who come together to support any of Mel’s Charities’ Signature Events throughout the year. Cornerstone Community Bank is no different.
“Our volunteers come back every year because we can do this one small piece to help raise funds for Mel’s Charities,” said Becki Schimpf, Marketing Coordinator at Cornerstone Community Bank. “We are proud to rally around Mel and Ross and experience the excitement of the morning FUN Run/Walk. We work together to welcome and sign-in the runners and walkers, who then have the opportunity to get some exercise and, of course, eat amazing pancakes!”
As a community bank, Cornerstone believes in giving back to the communities where our employees live and work. “We formed our partnership with Mel’s in the beginning because we could see the vision Tom had and the good it would bring to Ozaukee County,” said Paul Foy, president of Cornerstone Community Bank. “Being the Signature sponsor of Mel’s FUN Run/Walk is Cornerstone’s way to make a difference and have fun doing it.”
Ross Shares His Thoughts Mel's Pig Scramble Golf Outing
You Can't Make This Stuff Up, that is how much this golf outing meant to Mel's Charities. Our hearts are full that you came and supported one of our biggest events, the golf outing. You each have your own reasons for coming out to show your support for our mission and to have a great time with friends.
Mel's is all about impacting many lives being touched and that is what we did all day at the golf outing on July 29th. Tom Stanton, speaking from his heart, shared the story about our mission and showed a very special video that impacted a very special family who had lost Stu Mitkey. We impacted another person's life, we will never forget MITKEY family.
I really enjoyed being there. I volunteered with two wonderful ladies at a golf hole. They are huge supporters of Mel’s Charities.
The month of July is a big month every year, thank you for showing your support and saying thanks to our outstanding sponsors who making this happen. A special thank you to our sponsors for all you do and making us proud to come out to having a great time with "Great Times for Great Causes."
Mr. Ross Rintelman
Board Member & Ambassador
Mel's Charities, Inc
Kevin's Corner Great Times for Great Causes Around the Globe
Mel’s Charities’ impact is felt by many lives in Ozaukee County. Thanks to our outstanding supporters and the wonders of technology, the #GreatTimesForGreatCauses message is beginning to spread around the globe.
Mel and I took the show on the road to Cleveland in December of last year and we decided to launch #GreatTimesForGreatCausesAroundTheGlobe to encourage others to wear Mel’s “swag” when traveling. We encourage all of you to do the same when you hit the road. Send us a Facebook message with your picture and a brief description or you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Winter Digital Media Manager
Mel’s has made its way to St. Petersburg Florida. Dave & Jan Malkowski are
300 Members and key volunteers at many of our events.
Mark Nelson, 300 Member and proud Abbot Pennings High School alum
spotted wearing Mel's Swag in Sanibel Island, Florida
President Richard Phalen found a "smiling pig" in Bradenton, FL! He said
"Should we open a Florida chapter of Mel's? If you want to, I volunteer to run it!"
Kevin Winter sporting his Mel's Swag in Hamburg, Germany
The Power of Music
My brother, Stu, always enjoyed finding good music, and we loved listening to what he found. I remember when he brought home I'm About to Come Alive after hearing "Red Light. My dad and I couldn't get over David Nail's gorgeous voice, and my dad especially loved "Mississippi." We listened to the album quite a bit at home, but mainly Stu and I listened to it while we were both away at college. We couldn't wait for the next album. The Sound of a Million Dreams came out in November 2011, and the following summer was largely occupied by Stu teaching me to drive stick shift in our dad's '98 Honda Prelude, which had come to belong to Stu. We both happened to be off all summer, with Stu waiting for his Navy Officer Training to begin in September, and me waiting for my job in Massachusetts to start in August 2012. Our family has always been proponents of CDs, even when most people had switched to iPods, and the I'm About to Come Alive and The Sounds of a Million Dreams albums had permanent spots in the Prelude. We listened to other music too while out on the country roads with Stu telling me to go easy on the clutch, but if ever we weren't sure what to listen to, David Nail it was! We didn't know that the summer of 2012 would be the last summer Stu was with us.
My parents still have the '98 Prelude. Whenever my (automatic) car has been in the shop in the past 6 years, I've temporarily used the Prelude. Whenever I pick it up from my parents' house, the first thing I do is grab The Sound of a Million Dreams. The first few notes of "Grandpa's Farm" are synonymous with pulling out of my parents' driveway, shifting gears, and thinking of Stu telling me to "feather the clutch, Lena." Stu never heard I'm a Fire. I picked it up the day it came out and half smiled, half cried. I felt like I was listening to it for both of us. I picked up a copy for my parents too. My dad said, "He just keeps getting better, doesn't he?" When we listen to David Nail, Stu is a little bit there with us. When you lose someone, you have so much pain, and you need to find a way to let it out. David's voice is so beautiful and holds so many memories that I worked through a lot listening to it. To us, his music evokes some of the happiest times and some of the deepest longing”
Stu would have turned 32 on August 24th the Day of Country In The Burg!
Country in the Burg
We received a story from an amazing lady named Lena. She wrote about how David Nail music touched and connected with her and her brother Stu. We surprised Lena with a meet and greet for Lena and her parents to David Nail. Thanks to Tom from Mel's Charities for helping organize and keep it a secret. We know Stu will be watching down from above singing along with each song.
Lena is "over the moon" with your kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the arrangements you have made to help us celebrate Stu on his birthday! You have made the stars align with the evening and David Nail.
Stu loved his music and his music is wrapped up with many wonderful memories for all of us.💜💜💜💜(One from each of us.)
With great gratitude,
300 Fun(d) We are looking for 300 people to give $300 for 3 years to help sustain Mel’s mission long into the future and allow for greater support of our local communities. - Tom “Mel” Stanton.
Events on Behalf of Mel's Helping Us, Helping Others
Port Washington State Bank, Cedarburg
Brat Fry Join us for a FREE lunch on Thursday, August 15th at our Customer Appreciation Brat Fry from 11:00am-2:00pm featuring live music by Six Pack Twelve Bar. This will also be your first chance to purchase tickets for Mel’s Pig Roast. Member FDIC.
We are looking forward to joing the fun this Thursday! Brats & Mel's Pig Roast tickets will be available! Thank You Port Washington State Bank for being the Signature Sponsor of our 21st Pig Roast!
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.
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.