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Gifts move Wisconsin Youth Success Program closer to fundraising goal

RELEASED: Feb. 8, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Recent gifts, including $15,000 from Kristo Orthodontics in Eau Claire, have boosted the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, a popular summer youth program offered for nearly 30 years on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus, more than halfway to its $30,000 goal in a fundraising effort aimed at keeping the program alive.

WYSP (formerly the National Youth Sports Program and later the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program) is a free five-week summer camp that has served nearly 11,000 Chippewa Valley youth over the past 29 years.

"On behalf of the hundreds of area youth who participate in WYSP each year, we express our gratitude to Dr. Steve Kristo of Kristo Orthodontics for this generous support of our program," said Lisa Schuetz, WYSP activity director. "His gift has put us that much closer to our goal and to making sure this important program can continue."

Kristo said he chose to support WYSP because it offers area youth opportunities to keep active and learning during the summer opportunities that otherwise might not be available to the low-income and at-risk children among WYSP's participants.

"I look at a situation like that and I hope we can keep a program like that alive," Kristo said.

Kristo added that he would like to see enough community support to keep WYSP operating every year.

"Hopefully we can generate enough support and give it some staying power," he said.

The Kristo Orthodontics gift, combined with $2,000 from the Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation; $1,000 from MEP Associates, an Eau Claire mechanical engineering firm; $250 from Matt and Colleen Weber, Altoona; and anticipated income from the March 20 Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun run/walk means WYSP has about $6,000 left to raise by Feb. 15 if the program is to run again this summer, Schuetz said.

"The support from all of our donors is very much appreciated," said Vicki Funne Reed, director of UW-Eau Claire's University Recreation & Sport Facilities. "We're hopeful that their generosity will be an inspiration to others and that we'll meet our goal and be able to continue providing Chippewa Valley youth with WYSP's important opportunities."

Many of the youth who participate in WYSP are part of underserved populations that may not otherwise have opportunities to attend programs on campus or have other summer-camp experiences, Schuetz said.

Each summer WYSP, run by UW-Eau Claire's University Recreation & Sport Facilities staff, has provided more than 400 area youth ages 10-16 with opportunities to develop leadership, academic and athletic skills. Each day of camp, participants who live in the Eau Claire and Altoona school districts receive free transportation to and from camp, as well as two federally subsidized meals on site.

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