S.T.E.F. donates $13,000 to area organizations

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Joe and April Kanack, second and third from left, present a donation to Oconto Falls Youth Football on behalf of S.T.E.F. Representing the youth football group are Chad Earley, left, Carrie Hill and Jon Spice. (Contributed photo)

The S.T.E.F. organization has made all of its donations with the money raised last fall on the group’s annual Fall Color Ride. All donations went to local communities with an emphasis on youth mental health.

The organization, which stands for “Special Thoughts Everyday Forever,” is devoted to funding, educating and supporting community needs in memory of Stefanie Kanack, who died in July 2015. Its main fundraiser is the Fall Color Ride, scheduled this year for Sept. 29 from Ray’s Boneyard in Lena. The purpose, according to the group’s Facebook page, is “raising money for charities that were important in Stef’s life, while also raising awareness to suicide prevention.”

This year’s donations were as follows:

Three $1,000 scholarships to members of the Lena High School graduating class – Sierra Marquardt, Levi Potter and Berkeley Dolata – and $500 to the Lena School Art Club
$1,500 to the Oconto Falls Youth Football Program for the purchase of new helmets
$1,500 to the Coleman Middle School Archery Club to help get their new program up and running
$750 each to the Oconto School Extended Learning Time program and Oconto School Mental Health Initiative
$2,500 to the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention, which also helps Marinette and Oconto counties
$1,000 to the Oconto Area Humane Society
$1,500 to the Oconto River Kids for help with the purchase of a wheelchair with tracks for taking their kids with limited mobility out in the field on hunts. S.T.E.F. plans to partner with them to take two of their kids on whitetail hunts on Stef’s families’ farms this fall.

For information, visit Foreverstef.com or the S.T.E.F.ck page on Facebook. Ride participants can also preregister on the website.