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  • Laura Bush salutes 'commitment to service' at Teen Challenge gala

    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, 10/11/2013

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  • Hometown Hero

    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, 09/25/2013

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  • Wisconsin's First Lady takes a stroll along the Birkie Trail

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker led about 50 people on a two-mile “Walk with Walker” on the American Birkebeiner Trail on a warm and sunny Wednesday, June 12.

    For the past three years, Walker has been leading similar walks on various trails across the state to raise awareness of the state’s beauty and the health benefits of walking. The June 12 walk was the 25th such event.

    Wed, 06/19/2013

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  • Tonette Walker Comes to Tomahawk

    The Tomahawk Community will welcome Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker this afternoon.

    Tonette Walker has chosen Tomahawk as one of multiple venues to promote a year of wellness with her Walk with Walker campaign.

    Tomahawk Chamber Executive Director Tamra Anderson says, “We are excited to have Wisconsin’s First Lady coming to Tomahawk….It will be a great way to showcase Bradley Park while promoting health and fitness.”

    Tue, 05/21/2013

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker presents award to Joyce Keyes

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker presents Wisconsin Heroes award to Joyce Keyes at Fond du Lac's American Red Cross, on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

    Thu, 05/02/2013

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  • New $600,000 grant to help address mental health care barriers

    Cost and access are two barriers to mental health care in western Wisconsin.

    A new grant could help address both concerns, especially in rural areas.

    Recently, we aired a series about mental health services, and the shortcomings locally. Monday, the state announced a $600,000 grant to improve services in seven western Wisconsin counties.

    "We really want to start with a needs assessment. We want to understand what core benefits are being provided throughout the region, and in what ways," said Jill Chaffee, Operations Administrator for the Western Region Recovery and Wellness Consortium, or WRRWC.

    Mon, 03/04/2013

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker presents hero award

    First Lady Tonette Walker visited Lake Geneva on Friday to present one of Walworth County’s most active fundraisers, Kevin Paluch, with the Wisconsin Heroes Award.

    Paluch is the Chief Operating Officer of Geneva National Golf Club and the founder of the Geneva National Foundation.

    Through the effort of the Geneva National Foundation, Paluch and dozens of other volunteers have donated over $1.55 million to Walworth County tragedies according to the foundation.

    Thu, 02/21/2013

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  • Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker proclaim 2013 as the Year of Well-Being

    Gov. Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker have declared 2013 to be the Year of Well-Being. The year will focus on four main areas of well-being: be active, be connected, be informed, and be part of your community, according to a Friday press release.

    “There are many ways people can improve their well-being,” said Tonette Walker. “Over the next year, we will focus on four areas: being active to encourage people to move whenever possible, being connected to engage with those around you, being informed to understand what is best for your own health, and being a part of your community to offer your time to better the place you live.”

    Mon, 02/18/2013

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  • St. Joe’s founder honored by Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker

    Most employees get a cake at their retirement party. Tom Schiltz, founder of the 30-year-old St. Joseph Food Program, received a surprise visit from the first lady of Wisconsin.

    Tonette Walker, wife of Gov. Scott Walker, presented Schiltz with a Wisconsin Heroes Award for his work providing free meals for Fox Cities families in need. The food pantry provides meals to roughly 1,000 families each week.

    “I was just in shock,” Schiltz said of the recognition. “I just couldn’t believe it. It’s just something I’ve been doing for 30 years.”

    Thu, 01/31/2013

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  • Faces of Freedom to salute Wisconsin veterans

    Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos will host Faces of Freedom — A Year of the Veteran Celebration.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. It will include a reception hosted by the First Lady and a program saluting Wisconsin veterans, followed by live music and dancing, according to an event press release.

    “As you may know, my husband Scott designated 2012 the Year of the Veteran,” said Tonette Walker in a statement. “Throughout the year, he recognized, supported and honored veterans from all generations, and I am excited to announce that in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, I’ll be hosting Faces of Freedom as a way to wrap up and celebrate this special year.”

    Mon, 01/14/2013

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