Local Businesses & Club: Team up to change attitudes about disabilities

POYNETTE, Wis. – Two local businesses, one club, and three nonprofit organizations are teaming up to Party with a Purpose and change attitudes about disabilities on Saturday, September 10. The fundraiser at Remi’s Thirsty Moose is a collaboration between the restaurant, Shoreline Tours & Camping, local Parrothead Club (Loyal Order of the Caribbean Soul), Camp Createability, West Madison Area Special Olympics, and Gio’s Garden.

“We can’t wait to see how this team-up works to raise not only money for this very worthy cause, but also awareness,” said Justin Yapp, Founder of Shoreline Tours & Camping. “We decided to all team up to give back to the community, and we are looking forward to supporting these amazing nonprofits; and of course it should be a great time out on the water.”

Shoreline Tours & Camping plans to give free pontoon trips during the event. There will also be a cornhole tournament, volleyball, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and drink specials. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the three nonprofits equally.

“We are just so thankful they thought to include us in this event,” said Debbie Armstong, Founder of Camp Createability. “We are also happy to team up with some other nonprofits that have a similar goal as us, which is to provide support for individuals with disabilities.” 

Armstrong says she hopes this event can bring some awareness to all three organizations and give attendees a better understanding of the resources available in the area. 

The fundraiser, named Party with a Purpose: Changing Attitudes About Disabilities, will be held at Remi’s Thirsty Moose on Saturday, September 10 from 12 to 5 p.m.

About Shoreline Tours & Camping

Shoreline Tours & Camping started off as a way to make it easier for anyone to enjoy camping on the shorelines of Wisconsin’s waterways. It has since grown to include more inclusive options and day trips for those not looking to camp; including pontoon cruises, sandbar trips, and bus trips. The company’s main mission is to provide a relaxing and fun outdoor experience for all, no matter which option they choose. Learn more here: shorelinewi.com

About Remi’s Thirsty Moose

Remi’s Thirsty Moose is located on Beautiful Lake Wisconsin, three miles west of I-90. It is a fun-filled atmosphere for all ages, with outside patio seating that has an amazing view of Lake Wisconsin. Remi’s Thirsty Moose is a family-owned business that truly takes pride in the restaurant business.

About Loyal Order of the Caribbean Soul

The Loyal Order of the Caribbean Soul is Southern Wisconsin’s Parrothead Group. They “party with a purpose” and live the lifestyle that Jimmy Buffett himself personifies. The club is very active in the community and focuses on giving back while having fun. Learn more here: locs-buffett.org

About Camp Createability

Camp Createability is a training facility and full service studio for artists, visual effect artists, filmmakers, graphic designers, animators, and digital media designers with autism or other disabilities. Their training facility provides opportunities for children, teens, and adults of all abilities to gain individualized instruction and eventually job placement in the arts and entertainment industry. Their studio provides individuals on the autism spectrum with technical, behavioral and social skills required for employment. Learn more here: createabilitywi.com

About Special Olympics – Wisconsin

Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is a statewide organization providing persons with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Individuals who are at least 8 years old and are identified as having an intellectual disability are eligible for participation. Learn more here: specialolympicswisconsin.org

About Gio’s Garden

Gio’s Garden’s mission as a non-profit organization is to nurture and strengthen families with children with special needs (birth through 6 years) by increasing their access to needed services. Gio’s Garden seeks to grow into a one-stop special services delivery organization for children with special needs and their families. Examples could include a respite care facility, professional therapy, client advocacy, and social work/support. Learn more here: giosgarden.org