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Buffet in a Box

Annual Fundraiser  

August 4, 2021

Big Smiles and Great Food!

Judi Barsness, forever counting fishcake

WISE Member and professional chef Judi Barsness is checking on some of the 1,600 Lindquist fishcakes we made.

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WISE Member Gerry Grant is packing a few of the 800 meatballs made by our Meat Baller crew for Buffet in a Box meals.

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WISE Member Laurie Spry shows us the luscious vat of Spry gravy she made to accompany the 800 meatballs.

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To everyone who purchased a Buffet in a Box meal!

Friends & Family

 

Thank you to the many friends and family of our members who worked alongside us at the High School's culinary kitchen.

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Thank you to Cook County High School for allowing us to use the High School's culinary kitchen for a Covid safe fundraiser.

Businesses

 

Thank you to the businesses that donated food, signs, and other goods and services.

  • Johnson's Big Dollar Store

  • Gene's Foods

  • Upper Lakes Foods

  • Sysco

  • Coldwell Banker North Shore

  • Northern Wilds

  • Cook County Herald

  • North Superior Fishery

Our Members

 

Thank you to all of our members who planned, organized, publicized, made signs, cooked, and boxed the meals.

A special thank you to Chef Judi Barsness.  Her leadership was essential to our switch from an in-person buffet at St. John's Church Hall to a Covid safe boxed buffet for pickup at the High School's culinary kitchen

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Culinary Kitchen at Cook County High School, August 2021.  WISE members, family, and friends making 400 Buffet in a Box meals.

Women's Initiative for Service & Education

Philosophy
The WISE club is a community organization committed to making positive contributions to our Cook County community through philanthropic giving and service.
We Keep It Local

The money we raise stays in Cook County.  We support local public and charter schools, local students, and local non-profits.

Non-Profit
WISE became a tax exempt 501(c)(3)
Cook County charity in 2019.
We Were Lionesses
Prior to 2019, we were the Grand Marais Lionesses. We kept the long tradition of fundraising and service to our community
Join Us
We welcome new members!  Contact Sue Futterer for information.  skfutterer@gmail.com

Our Leaders

Barb Heideman
Barb Heideman

President

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Heidi Doo-Kirk
Heidi Doo-Kirk

Vice-President

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Ann Mershon
Ann Mershon

Past President

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Virginia Palmer
Virginia Palmer

Treasurer

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GerryGrant
GerryGrant

Secretary

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Ginny Padzieski
Ginny Padzieski

Member at Large

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Laurie Spry
Laurie Spry

Member at Large

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Sue Futterer
Sue Futterer

Membership

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Sally Berg
Sally Berg

Education Committee

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Now with Poetry

 Listen to Ann Mershon read Billy Collins' "Dharma."