Rhinelander, WI (7/28/19) - Where will you likely find RHS/RUHS graduates spanning 9 decades and living in at least 19 states? At the 6th Annual Hodag All-Class Reunion!
Downtown Rhinelander will come alive with music and Hodag alumni, friends, family and community members on Saturday August 10th from noon to 11 pm.
This year the free event, hosted by Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF), will again live up to the name Hodags Take Downtown as the CIty of Rhinelander approved closing Brown Street from Anderston to Rives. Davenport from Stevens to Anderston and Rives from Stevens to Anderston for the event. Open container will be allowed in those designated areas allowing food and beverages to be purchased at local businesses and brought out to the party area which will be centered at the intersection of Brown and Davenport Streets.
Live music will begin on stage at noon with Rat River Band opening the party. The Kingfish Band takes the stage at 3pm and featured performers Living the Dream playing from 7pm to 11pm.
This will be the six year for the event and the 2nd year closing much of the downtown area to vehicle traffic. According to HSF Board Member Sue Makris closing the streets and moving the event to a centralized downtown area allowed attendance to explode to an estimated 1500 Hodag friends and alumni. This year, after many requests to allow for easier travel, we’ve moved the event to Saturday and extended the hours to allow our guests to enjoy the downtown businesses and other area attractions while still connecting with friends and classmates.
HSF representatives are working with businesses in the downtown area to benefit both the event and the businesses.” They’ll continue to reach out, with specifics, over the next two weeks. “It seems everyone’s excited and many businesses plan to offer specials to welcome alumni home.”
“This event is really all about reconnecting alumni with one another, their community and thanking everyone for their support of HSF”, said Makris. “HSF has now exceeded three million dollars in funds donated to The School District of Rhinelander. Our supporters should take great pride in that – it would not be possible without them.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TO: LOCAL AREA MEDIA
FROM: HODAG SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
RE: HSF RECOGNIZES HAUG FAMILY DONATION
The Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF) is pleased to announce the donation of $250,000 from Rhinelander’s Tony and Lori Haug family. The donation comes in the form of a pledge over several years, designated for improvements to the Hodag athletic multi-purpose complex. The Haug family, who has lived in Rhinelander for 21 years, is pleased to further invest in the Rhinelander School District. Lori Haug noted, “We are thankful for our three children’s educational experience and have been blessed with wonderful friends, educators and coaches who have inspired our children. We have always believed that Rhinelander needs to move forward to keep pace and stay attractive to the labor force and professionals. And improvements to the school facilities can help make this happen.”
The Haug family has supported the Rhinelander community for many years. Tony, the recently retired President of ABX, successfully led that manufacturing company, creating over 60 jobs. Lori served on the Rhinelander Schools Education Foundation and Hodag Schools Foundation Board of Directors for many years and volunteered at numerous community events. Tony and Lori raised three children who attended public schools, all graduating from Rhinelander High School. Each played spring and fall sports but struggled with weather issues during those seasons. Tony Haug stated, “We always believed that it was important to keep our children engaged in extracurricular activities, as it lends itself to higher educational achievement. Moreover, the indoor dome will help provide exercise opportunities for our community, which we believe leads to a healthier environment.” He further commented, “We are so thankful for all of the hard work that our employees at ABX contributed to our company, and are so excited and look forward to giving back to their families and their young children who will grow up in the District and benefit from these improvements. Our manufacturing based community needs a strong labor force and good health care for our young families. Rhinelander needs to attract young families to continue to sustain a vibrant community. In addition, we need to attract physicians and other professionals that want to come and remain here in Rhinelander. We believe that the entire community will benefit from the indoor and outdoor improvements for exercise potential due to our short summer season.”
This impact to the overall community was a key contributor in the Haug family’s decision to provide the substantial donation. Lori stated, “We are so thankful that our school board has been fiscally responsible over the years and also has identified this facility as a need in our community. They should be applauded for supporting this collaboration, made possible by Dr. Swank’s initial donation, and the tireless efforts of HSF.” Lori further noted, “It is important to take pride in our schools and facilities and create a positive impression for those touring our area for potential employment. In addition, we believe that this investment will allow our school district to host many tournaments and trade shows that will financially benefit the community as well as the District. All of our children are so excited that we have decided to contribute to the future Hodags and their new indoor facility. The upgrading of the outdoor softball fields, which needed improvement for many years, is also very important to us.”
Mike Roberts, member of Rhinelander School Board and Hodag Schools Foundation noted, “The Haug family recognizes the importance of how improved facilities can benefit the entire community. The School District and HSF is very thankful to all donors.” Dave Heck, President of the Hodag Schools Foundation stated, “HSF sincerely appreciates the Haug donation and how it can improve the physical and mental health of our community, senior citizens, as well as keep and attract families. The improvements in these Rhinelander facilities will change Rhinelander, benefiting students, the community, businesses, and completely differentiating Rhinelander from its neighbors. We are still in process of raising money for these improvements and appreciate the community and alumni support.” HSF and the School District sincerely thank and applaud the Tony and Lori Haug Family objective to help improve the community and benefit all Rhinelander students.
About the Hodag Schools Foundation: The Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF) is a volunteer run, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to providing financial support for quality programs and facilities benefiting students and promoting excellence in the School District of Rhinelander and the entire community. HSF envisions innovative programming and strong, safe facilities, which meet the long-term needs of the School District of Rhinelander and the community. HSF supports the well-being of youth and adults alike, strengthening ties to Hodag alumni and providing opportunities comparable to other communities. Over the last 16 years, HSF has raised and pledged over $3 million dollars to benefit the School District, expanded our mission and stayed true to our goals of developing objectives that maintain the primary focus on the needs of the students and keep our vision on the future.