MOUNT PLEASANT — Grocery prices rocketed up by around 13% in the US over the past year.
That increase is being felt by food banks especially. A $10,000 donation this past week from Carpetland USA, 1155 Oakes Road, to Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin is going to help veterans in need of help.
“Really, with the need for food going up, it’s going to really help our marketplace, but also the veterans living in the tiny homes,” said Zach Zdroik, VOW executive director.
VOW is the Racine-based nonprofit that operates the tiny home village for veterans at risk of homelessness at 1624 Yout St., Racine. It also operates a food pantry for veterans and their families.
“VOW wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the community,” Zdroik said. “It (the $10K donation) means the world to us. We’re going to be able to continue to do what we’re doing because of their support.”
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Half of Carpetland’s donation came from employees, who contributed money through payroll reduction, with the business itself matching with $5,000.
In photos and video: Carpetland held a ribbon cutting for its new Oakes Road location
Ruppert, Vicki, and Julie
Pictured left to right: Ruppert Wishau, Vicki Wishau, and Julie Bowmen share a few laugh over drinks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Carpetland location, 1155 Oakes Road, Tuesday. Vicki serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Carpetland.
Having a few drinks
Guests, family and members of RAMAC were invited to Carpetland’s new Mount Pleasant location, 1155 Oakes Road, Tuesday for the stores ribbon-cutting ceremony. Carpetland had begun operation out of the Oakes Road location in early May.
Marge, SoYoung and Marilyn
Pictured left to right: Marge Brown, SoYoung Platt and Marilyn Hager toast the opening of the new Carpetland location, 1155 Oakes Road, at the store’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.
The new generation
President of Carpetland Dave Brown, left, holds Theo Malicki, the son of Carpetland’s Accounting Manager Sydney Malicki, during Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the stores new location, 1155 Oakes Road.
Watch now: ribbon-cutting ceremony for Carpetland USA’s new Mount Pleasant location and a few words from company President Dave Brown
A crowd in conversation
A presidential debate
Carpetland USA’s President Dave Brown, left, has a discussion about the length of the ribbon about to be cut with RAMAC President Matt Montemurro Tuesday at Carpetland’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new store location in Mount Pleasant, 1155 Oakes Road.
Don’t run with them
Carmella Venturini, business development coordinator for RAMAC, holds the giant pair of scissors Tuesday just before the ribbon is cut for the new Carpetland location, 1155 Oakes road.
Carpetland United States
Dave Brown, President of Carpetland USA, left, stands tall with his team Tuesday just before the ribbon-cutting ceremony began for the new store opening, 1155 Oakes Road.
Carpetland USA President Dave Brown, second from left, and Vice President Emery Vamos, third from left, hold a pair of giant scissors together Tuesday at Carpetland’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Mount Pleasant Location, 1155 Oakes Road. The new location has been in operation since early May and is a relocation of the original store in Racine that had been in operation since 1995.
Charlie and Joan Rice
Charlie Rice, an architect, Right, shares a drink with his wife Joan.
Dave and Vicky
Carpetland USA Chief Financial Officer Vicki Wishau, left, and President Dave Brown have been with the company since it first started in 1995 when the first location opened in Racine.
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