JEFFERSON — People who waited to catch the later portions of the 2019 Hope Fest missed out when the July 20th fundraiser was curtailed by a series of rolling thunderstorms.

However those folks — and other Tomorrow’s Hope supporters from throughout the local area — will be able to reconnect during a community potluck in August.

The highlight of the potluck will be the announcement of the top individual and team fundraisers, as well as how much Tomorrow’s Hope raised this year.

All are invited to the potluck, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Jefferson VFW/Recreation Center, located at 1420 S. Rockwell St. Jefferson. Attendees are welcome to bring a dish to pass.

Meanwhile, organizers still are rescheduling other Hope Fest highlights that were cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Night Light Bike Ride and the “Hero Hustle”/Kids Fit mudder-style run and obstacle course might be able to be rescheduled this summer, said Barb Endl, executive director of Tomorrow’s Hope. She said that the nonprofit will make an announcement on these reschedulings as soon as a date can be nailed down.

With the Hope Fest cut off so short, some participants were unable to turn in all of the money that they raised for Hope Fest 2019, while some missed out on the opportunity to pick up their fundraising prizes.

Representatives of the nonprofit will be staffing Tomorrow’s Hope’s new office, located at 144 W. Garland St. in Jefferson, from July 30-Aug. 1. Office hours run from 3 to 6 p.m. each day. During this time, people can make deposits, pick up their “prize tent” tickets and select the prizes they’d most like to win.

The winning names will be drawn on Aug. 2 and representatives will call to notify the winners immediately.

Prize pick-up is set for Aug. 5-7 at the new Tomorrow’s Hope office. The same office hours apply.

In addition, people who created “Candles of Hope” luminary bags can be assured that these were all cleared away Saturday ahead of the rain.

Those interested in picking up the luminaries they made should call Tomorrow’s Hope at (920) 674-8967 and volunteers will help locate their bags. Otherwise, luminaries will be placed out at next year’s Hope Fest.

Additional questions also may be directed to the above number.

Despite the challenges presented by the weather, Endl said, the 2019 Hope Fest achieved its aims of raising money to improve the local health-care system and, most importantly, bringing people together to support family and community members dealing with life-limiting illnesses.

Tomorrow’s Hope was founded in 1998 by a group of people dedicated to improving the local health-care system, focusing not on one disease, but the many diseases that limit people’s lives. The nonprofit raises money toward health-care research, education and prevention efforts, improved treatment and care — with all of the proceeds raised staying right in the greater Jefferson County area.

Since being founded, Tomorrow’s Hope has granted $4.2 million to local health-care providers and organizations that then are responsible for answering to the nonprofit as to how they use Tomorrow’s Hope funds. That has created a $6.9 million economic multiplier effect as those dollars bounce around in the area economy, according to information from the University of Wisconsin-Extension Jefferson County office.

These funds have gone to support research, education and prevention efforts, as well as direct care, with the goal of improving health-care outcomes throughout the greater Jefferson County area.

Past recipients of Tomorrow’s Hope dollars have included, but are not limited to, Fort HealthCare, the Watertown Regional Medical Center, Rainbow Hospice Care centered in Jefferson.

Also, the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Madison and Milwaukee children’s hospitals, the Watertown and Jefferson free clinics, the local office of the Alzheimer’s Association of Wisconsin, and the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, centered in Fort Atkinson.

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