One of the highlights of the annual Big Waunabowskee Bowl-a-Thon is the silent auction. This year, we’re opening it up to the public for online bidding prior to the event! We invite you to register and bid at

The following exciting items and packages are available:

·    Party on the Lake (half-day boat rental with food and drinks)

·    Wilderness Resort Family Getaway (two-night stay for four)

·    Kalahari Resort African Queen Suite (one-night stay for six)

·    Green Bay Packers signed football

·    “A Prairie Garden” art print by Terrill Knaack

·    Bishops Bay Country Club golf for four with carts

·    Wine tasting experience at Drumlin Ridge Winery

·    Fiskars gift basket

·    Little Strokes Swim Academy summer swim lessons

·    Aboretum Music School music lessons

·    Wisconsin Historical Foundation “History Lover” Membership

·    Madison Mallards Duck Blind tickets for two

·    Wildtree gift basket

·    Jack Daniels branded golf bag

·    Stella and Dot jewelry sets

·    Gift certificates from great area businesses including: Dorf Haus, Nails by Marlo, The Lone Girl, AcuPanda, Ecco Salon, El Charro Mexican Grill, Market Street Diner, A Healthy Glow, Dave & Busters

Online bidding will close at noon on Friday, April 26th.

To ensure that you have the best chance to win your item, come to Waun-a-Bowl from 5:00-9:00 pm that evening to continue bidding, enjoy the festivities, and take your chance at a 50/50 raffle.

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Waunakee Connection is excited to open registration for the 9th Annual Big Waunabowskee on Friday, April 26, 2019!

The bowl-a-thon brings the community together while raising vital funds for Waunakee Neighborhood Connection. Up to 192 adults will enjoy a mix of bowling, socializing, silent auction, cash raffles and games for a great cause!

Tickets are $300 per team* ($50 per person for a team of six) and includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, live DJ entertainment, pizza, soda, and beer.

* Individual bowlers will be welcomed at $60 per ticket, if space is available. Please contact Lisa Humenik, executive director, at (608) 849-5740 or to register less than a full team.

NEW in 2019 there are two shifts to choose from:


5:00-6:00 PM | Registration, social, silent auction bidding. and raffle ticket sales

6:00-8:00 PM | Bowling, raffle ticket sales, and additional silent auction bidding

8:00-8:30 PM | Prizes & Dudes raffle drawing

8:30-9:00 PM | Additional social time and silent auction bidding

9:00 – 9:30 PM | Silent auction close and cash-out

9:00-10:30 PM | Optional additional social time & cheering on the Achievers


5:00-7:00 PM | Optional additional social time & cheering on the Dudes, silent auction bidding

7:00-8:30 PM | Registration, social, silent auction bidding, and raffle ticket sales

8:30-10:30 PM | Bowling and raffle ticket sales

9:00 – 9:30 PM | Silent auction close and cash-out

10:30-10:45 PM | Prizes and Achievers raffle drawing

NOTE: The registration requires the name, address, email, and t-shirt size for all team members, so it would be helpful to have that information before you register. However, you can also log back in to update your registration form later.

Location:  Wauna-Bowl, 301 S. Century Avenue, Waunakee, WI 53597

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WNC Christmas Meal & Holiday Programs

With your support, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (WNC) will provide its annual holiday programs for families and seniors in the greater Waunakee area who are in need of assistance, particularly during this special season. Our Christmas meal, Adopt-a-Family, and Kids’ Shopping events help ensure that everyone in our community has a happy holiday. Your gift will also extend the warmth of the holiday season throughout the year with ongoing programs that provide clothing, household items, furniture, and support services that make it possible for neighbors in need to move from difficult times to thriving.

With a donation of $25, you can provide a family of 4-6 with the fixings for a wonderful meal including a ham, potatoes, green beans, fruit, gravy and pie. Larger gifts will support multiple    families with a Christmas meal and year-round programs that make Waunakee a stronger and   more connected community.

Donate online or mail your donation with this form.

To volunteer for an upcoming holiday program, visit our Volunteer page.

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As we approach winter and the holidays, it can be especially difficult for families financially – heating bills are starting to kick in, kids have extra projects at school, an unexpected medical need arises, or the general cost of living rises.
Your generosity will be a huge blessing to a family, relieving much of the burden by providing gifts they would not otherwise be able to afford. It will make a tremendous difference in the life of a grateful family right here in our community!
We invite individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to adopt a family this holiday season.
How it works:
1) Complete the online registration by Nov. 12 with your contact information and preferred family size. You may also contact WNC at (608)849-5740 or to register.
  • Choose a family size (1,2,3, 4, 5+) based upon your desired financial commitment (a general guideline is $100 per family member)
2) Once we receive your confirmed family size, we will contact a family and request the following information from each family member:
  • 3-4 needs – Examples include: Coats, winter apparel, clothing, pajamas, undergarments, pillows, bedding, towels, boots, kitchen items, personal toiletries
  • 1-2 wants – Examples include: DVDs, book, movie rentals, video game, gift card, toy
  • 1-2 need/want for the family as a whole – Examples include: gas card, laundry soap, toiletries, cleaning supplies, kitchen item
NOTE: We ask families to provide specific sizes, gender, and color to help you in selecting items
3) We will send the family’s needs/wants list to you
4) Purchase your gifts for the family
5) Wrap all packages
6) Label each package as per the list you receive…i.e. 12-year-old girl, mom,
4-year-old boy, etc.
7) Deliver your gifts to WNC no later than Monday, December 10th

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Fill the Bus was a huge success!!  Thank you to all of the volunteers and supporters, Fortifi Bank, Peace Lutheran Church, and Lamers Bus Lines for all you have done!

WNC continues to help students throughout the year, so if you have additional school supplies to donate, bring them in!

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Wow! We were blown away by the dedication and spirit the Summer Campers brought to WNC! They learned different ways to give back to their community with their main project being a community car wash, where they chose a fund, made signs, and ended up making over $300 in two hours! This money will be used to purchase supplies for kids – from new toys to diapers to school supplies!

They also helped sorting donations, weeding, watering, and harvesting fresh veggies at the Garden of Dreams, getting ready for National Night Out, and more! Thank you to all our campers for joining us in serving our neighbors, and we look forward to seeing how you will continue to give back!

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The WNC Board of Directors is pleased to announce and introduce our new executive director, Lisa Humenik. Lisa started at the beginning of August and is busy learning about our programs, services, processes, partnerships, volunteers, and donors.
Lisa comes to us with 25+ years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. She jokes that while her husband got the career ladder, which took their family to a number of cities around the country, she got the career jungle gym. This interesting and varied path has allowed her to acclimate quickly to new communities and settings, create connections and partnerships, and gain a wealth of skills and knowledge that she applies to making organizations sustainable and impactful. She is excited about working collaboratively with the board, staff, volunteers, and Waunakee community to build upon WNC’s already strong foundation of success.
Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and leadership. She has served as the CEO of the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona; as executive director of a K-12 public school foundation, community gardening organization, and a school-based mentoring program; and as director of volunteer services for hospitals and hospice programs. Most recently, she has been consulting for nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the areas of strategic planning, board development, and volunteer engagement. In her free time, she volunteers for a variety of organizations including the United Way of Dane County, Sigma Kappa Foundation, and the Nakoma League.
Lisa’s husband, John, is the publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal and vice president of news for its parent company, Lee Enterprises. They have two adult children, Brian and Lauren, who live and work in Cincinnati.

If you’ve not yet met Lisa, please be sure to stop in and say hello! Watch for information about an open house in September that will be a more formal welcome to Lisa and recognition for all of our amazing volunteers.

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Did you know? WNC has given away 17 vehicles to families in need!

These vehicles have made a world of difference to families looking to stay mobile, but donating your used vehicle isn’t the only way you can make a difference for a neighbor!

Whether unexpected brake issues leave a family vehicle unsafe or a sudden accident leaves a neighbor unable to get to work, auto repair bills can throw an already-tight budget off track. WNC collaborates with our partners Weaver Auto Parts, Village Mobil, DCAR, and Collision Masters to fix these issues to ensure our neighbors have reliable transportation – but your support makes it happen!

Donate today and designate “WNC Vehicle Program” for your gift!

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WNC Open House to Honor Genna’s Legacy

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Once upon a time, a woman saw a need.
She organized an effort which connected a community who embraced
a simple mission – to Serve Our Neighbors!
After 15 years of selflessly dedicating her efforts
to making a difference in thousands of peoples’ lives right here
in our community,
‘the mountains are calling and I (Genna) must go’.
While no formal education in the nonprofit world
(um, German and Political Science Major),
this energetic woman didn’t take no for an answer – for anything – EVER!
As such, dozens of awesome needs based programs and services were created and executed – all of which are FREE to people in need.
Genna maintains ‘We are a Stuffed Out America!’
and we should share with each other – simple concept, right?!
And as far as plugging in as a volunteer, well, it’s pretty hard
(just about impossible)
to say no to someone so passionate and committed.
– isn’t that hook, line and sinker, but in a really good way!
To the tune of engaging hundreds of volunteers and thousands of hours each year!
She actively sought out and fostered partnerships with businesses, schools, individuals and organizations – again, all with the intention of fulfilling their goals as well as those of WNC!
Bonita, as she is affectionately called, is honored to be part of a big family of those who have met with some trying times. And after all, as she always says, ‘We all have needs – just various levels of needs.’
Genna spearheaded a $1,000,000 Capital Campaign which resulted in a permanent, debt free, sustainable organization for years to come – WOW, what a legacy!



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Last month, Farmland Fitness held their big Friday Night Lights event series to raise money for WNC programs and services!

Each Friday for five weeks, Farmland held their high-energy, in-house competition complete with DJ, raffle prizes, and cheering supporters.  In addition to their Friday celebrations, Farmland Fitness partnered with The Lone Girl Brewing Company for their St. Paddy’s Day Hangover Brunch, and The Lone Girl donated a portion of their proceeds from that day to WNC!

Taylor and Kory came by on National High-Five Day to drop off the check, so we just had to celebrate both occasions! Thank you to the Farmland community and The Lone Girl for supporting WNC- these athletes take Building a Stronger Community to a new level!

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