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Goodwill to hold donation drive July 20

Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin will hold a third donation drive in Sun Prairie, at the future home of a Goodwill donation center and store. The drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 3... Read More

Habitat for Humanity Seeking Families for Homes to be built in Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, Madison

Earlier this year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie and will be building homes in both the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods over the next several years, according to a press release.   Habitat also recently purchased 24 lots in Fitchburg in the Renaissance in the Park neighborhood and three lots in Southwest Madison.

For individuals and families interested in building with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County starting in 2015, informational meetings will be held:

Car washes to benefit 'Sunshine' charity

Next week, multiple locations in Sun Prairie will host car washes to benefit the Sunshine Place, a non-profit organization that combines multiple social services in the city.

Washes will be open at four locations from 4-7 p.m.:

  • Former Sentry Foods store, 1052 W. Main
  • US Bank on the corner of Windsor Street and Thompson Road
  • United Methodist Conference Center on the corner of North Bird and Windsor streets
  • Bank of Sun Prairie on Wilburn Road, across from Dean Clinic

The Sound of Sun Prairie is hosting the events. The Sun Prairie Star reported that a donation of cash or check along with non-perishable food donation is the suggested payment for the wash... Read More

Habitat seeking families for 29 homes to be built in Sun Prairie

Earlier this year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie and will be building homes in both the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods... Read More

2014 Service Above Self Award recipients honored

The Sun Prairie Rotary Club honored five Sun Prairie residents for putting service above self during a special recognition ceremony June 3... Read More

Friends won't let memory of Sun Prairie couple fade

Friends won't let memory of Sun Prairie couple fade

Loved ones aren't letting the memory of Shari and Bram Dorresteijn fade.

The Sun Prairie couple that was killed in an interstate crash in April left behind a toddler and a newborn.

Wednesday night Bram's friends hosted a soccer match to raise money for those children.

Michael Scalia met Bram in high school. He said the match was the perfect way to pay tribute to Bram, a former University of Wisconsin soccer player. He also said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming.

"In terms of people coming out of the woodwork, how can we support you? How can we show our love and help a village raise these children? Under these circumstances, they've raised so much money and we're continuing to go along those lines to raise more for these kids' futures," Scalia said.

The couple's children, Wesley and Charlotte, are in the care of Shari's sister and her husband.

An online fund raised more than $220,000 for them.

Group seeks to upstart PFLAG chapter

A Sun Prairie couple are trying to establish a chapter of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocate group.

Paul and Carol Esser are members of Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, which is supporting the effort to establish a Sun Prairie PFLAG branch. The Essers and the church are seeking other Sun Prairie residents to help, as the church cannot lead the chapter due to its religious affiliation.

Anyone interested is invited to a potluck Sunday at 5 p.m. at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, 702 North St... Read More