Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • July 2015
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Walk or Golf to Celebrate Life

Heidi Frederickson prides herself on creativity, and she’s come through again! Directing a nonprofit that benefits families in the Fox Valley and beyond means you have to keep things fresh. Frederickson hopes to do that with the First Annual Celebration of Life Walk added to the Larry Wolfinger Charity Golf Outing that celebrates its 23rd year in July.

Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 25 at Countryside Golf Course in Kaukauna, participants will find activities, food, raffles and auctions and, new this year, a balloon costume contest. That’s right! Walkers and golfers are eligible, and the only requirement is the costume must be made up at least partly of balloons.

This fun event is for anyone who cares about families struggling with a medical crisis. There will be many things to do, even for non-golfers. The event inside the clubhouse runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a bake sale, chances to win a grill donated by Sam’s Club, a gun, a booze wagon, and many other prizes. TJ the DJ will provide music in a variety of styles, and there will be gift baskets and other items up for bid.

The popular Golf Outing begun by Frederickson and her mother, Karla Wolfinger, memorializes their father and husband, Larry Wolfinger, who spent a lot of time at Countryside Golf Course when he was alive. To serve all those applying for funds, the two set up Community Benefit Tree, Inc. (CBT), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that assists in putting on one-day fundraising events for someone struggling with a medical crisis.

The Celebration of Life Walk added this year will feature shadow boxes representing those who’ve suffered such a crisis. Shadow box subjects “do not have to be recipients of a Celebration of Support,” Frederickson said. “There is no cost to make a shadow box for their loved one. Our goal is to have a sponsor for each, at the rate of $100.” Any individual, family or business wishing to sponsor a shadow box may contact CBT at 920-422-1919.

Use the same phone number to request a shadow box. Inside you are asked to place your loved one’s story, some memorabilia and pictures of him or her. The items will be returned after the event.

“Some participants may prefer to have an extra-large golf ball sign placed in our memory walk,” Frederickson said. “Just email a picture and your loved one’s name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There is no cost, but the goal is a sponsorship of $50. Many families provide that as a way of paying forward to help another family.”

The cost is $15 per walker before July 1 and $20 after that date. The fee includes a t-shirt, treats, fun activities and chances to win door prizes. Walkers in wheel chairs may rent a golf cart to get around the nine-hole Celebration Walk of Life.

“Participants may choose to golf, walk, or do both,” Frederickson said. “The walk starts at 8 a.m. on the front nine, and we’ll start golfing on the back nine at the same time. After the walk, we will continue golfing on the front nine as well.”

Cost to golf before July 1 is $40 for nine holes and $80 for eighteen, with the prices rising after that to $45 and $85. The fee includes golf, a golf cart, meal, a T-shirt, activities and a chance to win door prizes. The cost to both walk and golf is $55 for nine holes and $100 for 18 before July 1. After that date the cost is $60 and $105.

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Kathi Bloy

The Community Benefit Tree Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by Christian values. Our mission is to help individuals and families struggling with a medical crisis financially, emotionally, spiritually and with practical resources. We celebrate people’s lives and support by helping family, friends or co-workers plan a Celebration of Support event for their loved one. In the last 10 years, these one-day events have helped more than 500 families with funds for living and medical expenses. Community Benefit Tree also provides education, support, resources and financial assistance for families. For more information, visit or contact CBT staff at 920-422-1919.

Kathi Bloy is a freelance writer from Appleton.

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