Charity competition winners plan to keep up the good work

MILWAUKEE - The winners of the Kapco Charitable Challenge were announced Wednesday night at Turner Hall Ballroom downtown.

Twenty-two teams from local high schools and colleges received seed money from Kapco Metal Stamping at the end of September and were tasked with helping charitable organizations in the area grow.

"It's really amazing, these young people with their creativity, their boldness, and their compassion for fellow human beings who are in need," said Dean Rennicke, Vice President of Marketing at Kapco.

Wisconsin Lutheran College's team "Better Than We Found It" won at the university level.

The students plan to stay involved with the good work they started.

"We have plans for taking kids from Lighthouse [Youth Center] out on an outdoor adventure day. We're going to take them hiking and teach them about the great outdoors," said Curtis Piek. "And we have clubs that will run [continue the work] for years to come and it'll be part of those clubs for as long as they exist at our college."

In all, the team helped five local charities.

"We also plan on sticking with a few families at Children's Hospital and visiting with them again because they were so touching to our hearts and they appreciated our company so much," said Piek.

The winner at the high school level was team "Life Packs" from Port Washington High School.

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