For 11 years, Merrill Lynch in Green Bay, Wisconsin has hosted a charity event called the Grand Gala. Each year, they target one charity to receive the money from their event, and they have raised $1.24 million so far through their annual dinner, silent auction, regular auction and raffle. This year’s recipients are the Cerebral Palsy Center, and they couldn’t be more thrilled to have been chosen from the 40 or so applicants.
As Claire Williams, the CP Center communications director explained, “We just feel very blessed and honored that Merrill Lynch would chose us and support us. The success for the gala is going to provide funding for all these projects, and it’s gonna be fantastic… We feel very fortunate to be among them.”
The CP Center plans to use the funds they receive to benefit approximately 400 families. They will make renovations to their on-site kitchen and aquatic center, make future repairs as needed to the playground installed for special needs individuals and add a Sensory Center. The Sensory Center will be the first of its kind in Northeaster Wisconsin. As Julie Tetzlaff, the director of adult services explained, the Sensory Center is “…really focused on our lowest-functioning client. We strive for independence … it’s a tool we haven’t had before, but the sensory room is just another way for us to tap into our clients’ potential.”
Bill Jartz of WBAY, Channel 2, will host the Gala again, as he has for the last eight years. As he said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for the CP Center. There’s so many different needs over there … for them to be chosen, for this to come to fruition is really exciting. They’re very lean, the money they raise is put to good use. They do very good work.”