About 150 people joined us at the Olin Park pavilion for food, a silent auction and raffle, giveaways, and camaraderie. Member Benefits President and CEO David Kijek took us on a trip down memory lane as we acknowledged 50 years of serving our members through our mission, “To advance and protect the financial well-being of public education employees and their families.”
Then it was time to honor this year’s winners of our annual Student Art Contest. Steve Goldberg, Executive Director of WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., introduced each student who attended the gathering, read their artist statement, and presented them with their prize. It was moving and inspiring to everyone to hear the thoughts and feelings that these young students put in to creating their art. We are so proud to be able to showcase their talent and acknowledge their efforts.
Ryan Demers, a Wisconsin educator who owns Mr. D’s Atomic Catering, provided our delicious food. Ryan has been teaching for 19 years, 11 in Pewaukee. He teaches Family and Consumer Sciences, including Culinary, Advanced Culinary, Pro Start, and Foundations of Restaurant Management. Says Ryan, “I appreciate the opportunity to cater an event for WEA Member Benefits—it was great to take care of a company that looks out for educators!”
Our staff thanks everyone who attended our gathering. And we thank each and every one of our members for placing their trust in us. We’re looking forward to the next 50 years of serving you!