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Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker, reads Horton Hears A Who, Wed. Mar. 5, 2014, to youngsters at the Boys and Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area as part of Read Across America Week.
Wed, 03/05/2014Read More
"Bring your handkerchief," warned Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, on Tuesday before we entered the ballroom at the Madison Concourse Hotel, where five Boys and Girls Club participants from around the state would be giving speeches about what the youth organization has meant to them as part of the annual "Youth of the Year" competition.
Out of a larger group of teens representing all 28 state chapters of the Boys and Girls Club, the five had been selected by a panel of judges as finalists for a $10,000 scholarship and a chance to compete in the regional competition for an additional $25,000 scholarship and a trip to the White House to meet the president.
Tue, 03/04/2014Read More
A surprise ceremony was held Wednesday morning at September Farms near La Valle. Surrounded by many supporting veterans, First Lady Tonette Walker presented Barb Knopf of La Valle with the “Wisconsin Heroes” award.
Knopf manages the Luvs Morgan Horse Rescue along with the V.E.T.S – Veterans Equine Trail Service – program in La Valle. She cares for rescued horses along with veterans who need help adjusting to life.
Fri, 02/28/2014Read More
First Lady Tonette Walker spoke on Public Radio Discussing Health and Year of Well Being
Mon, 02/10/2014Read More
To appreciate the importance of a new medical program for children in foster care that was announced Wednesday at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, consider what happened to Bregetta Wilson.
Wilson was 13 when she was placed in foster care. She would remain in foster care until she turned 18 and aged out of the system.
During those five years, Wilson said, she never got a physical and never saw a dentist. She had to navigate, alone, her physical changes and the emotional upheaval of having been removed from her family.
"I had no one to talk to," Wilson said.
"Many children in foster care often lack basic health care or have experienced some level of trauma," said Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker, who was joined for the program's official rollout by Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson and Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades.
"This program allows them to get the care they need," Walker said.
Wed, 02/05/2014Read More
First Lady Tonette Walker on Real Milwaukee talking about the upcoming Wellness Weekend
Tue, 01/14/2014Read More
Leader of therapeutic riding center named a Wisconsin Hero
The director of a local therapeutic horseback riding program received the Wisconsin Heroes award from the state’s first lady Tuesday afternoon.
Stephanie Kubarth, founder and director of the Midwest Therapeutic Riding Center, 1451 172nd Ave., was honored with the plaque from Tonette Walker at the facility during a surprise ceremony before staff, volunteers, parents and riders.
Wed, 11/27/2013Read More
First Lady Tonette Walker toured the Walworth County Alliance for Children’s (WCAC) Tree House last Friday afternoon. The complex is located on Highway NN east of Elkhorn.
Walker visited the advocacy center to learn more about its comprehensive approach to addressing reported sexual and physical abuse of children.
Wed, 10/30/2013Read More
In her years in the White House, the most inspiring people first lady Laura Bush encountered weren't those who had titles or helped make world history.
Instead, she said, they were the first responders who searched for survivors after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the volunteers who raced to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and the men and women who defended the country.
Fri, 10/11/2013Read More
Wisconsin's first lady, Tonette Walker, presented an award Wednesday night to honor Sam Scifio, longtime Milwaukee Auxiliary Police Officer.
Sam is beginning his 53rd year of volunteer service with the City of Milwaukee as an Auxiliary Police Officer.
Wed, 09/25/2013Read More