Paws for Brittany raises $11.5 for MAPS
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — The annual Paws for Brittany fun run and dog walk, in memory of animal lover Brittany Zimmermann, took place May 11 at Wildwood Park & Zoo, with 215 participants raising $11,500 for Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS).
Funds raised benefit day-to-day operations at MAPS. New this year – a bake sale, raffle baskets, and a 50/50 raffle.
The event began with a special tribute to one of the event’s founders – Duane Kulke, who unexpectedly passed away earlier this year.
“He was very instrumental in helping with the Paws for Brittany event for many years,” said Karen Rau, MAPS executive director, before presenting his family with a special “memory bear” in his honor. “We hope this brings you some comfort. He was our dear friend and he meant a lot to us.”
Brittany’s parents, Jean and Kevin Zimmermann also spoke, thanking those who attended and continue to support their family.
“This is probably our best turnout yet, six years later. It’s been 11 years since Brittany’s been gone. It doesn’t get any easier. I hate to say that, but it doesn’t,” said Jean. “Events like this mean a ton to us. We have a beautiful day. Brittany did this for us again.”
Also in attendance was Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, who spoke about the case, which remains unsolved.
“She was a girl from Marshfield, but she became our adopted daughter and we will forever keep the flames alive,” said Chief Koval. “There’s a reason that there is never a statute of limitations on homicides in the State of Wisconsin. We haven’t given up and I hope no one out there gives up. We’re hoping to get some closure.”