Couples stand united for local nonprofit
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — Two Marshfield area couples put their heads together to support the local United Way in inventive ways.
Jay and Jill Holm hosted this year’s United Way Campaign Kickoff on Sept. 11. The Holms, owners of RiverEdge Golf Course, provided an array of family activities, including bounce houses, lawn games, free use of the driving range, and half-price green fees during the event.
The afternoon activities were followed by an evening meal and were provided free of charge. Donations raised at the event went to the Marshfield Area United Way.
Brandon and Ellie Zopfi held their wedding on Aug. 27. Where guests are typically asked to tap their silverware on their glasses for the couple to share a kiss, the Zopfis requested something special.
“I wanted to try something different,” said Ellie. “So if a guest wanted us to share a kiss during dinner, we asked that they come forward and drop a donation in the jar for United Way.”
Ellie found the idea on the internet while searching for an alternative for the glass tapping.
“I volunteered quite a bit for the Nutrition on Weekends (NOW) program for United Way but have always participated in my employer’s United Way campaign,” said Ellie. “After seeing how much the NOW program helped out children, I realized how much need there is for help and donations.”