Team 2020 Campaign Kicks Off
Wisconsin football’s Jack and Bob Dunn team up with Agrace HospiceCare to provide meals to those in need
Madison, Wis. (March 30, 2020) -- The Team 2020 Campaign is being launched with the primary purpose to raise funds and provide critical support for residents of Dane County and the surrounding area who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is designed to provide meals to some of central Wisconsin’s most critically in-need community members.
Founded by Madison natives and UW students Jack Dunn and Bob Dunn, the Team 2020 campaign has set the goal to raise funds to support up to 2,020 meals a month to families in desperate need during COVID-19 crisis. A team has been formed to help Agrace HospiceCare service an urgent need with in-home patients and their families, to provide meals during the state-mandated ‘Safer at Home’ time period.
The Team 2020 Campaign was initiated by Badger senior wide receiver Jack Dunn and his brother Bob Dunn, a graduate assistant on the Wisconsin football coaching staff.
“Wisconsin has the greatest fans in all of America,” Jack Dunn said. “There is no greater feeling than coming out of the tunnel at Camp Randall on a Saturday afternoon and seeing 80,000 of the most energized fans in all of college football. Our fans are there for us during the good and bad times and it seemed like this was a chance for us to give something back to a generation of fans who have been our most loyal supporters at a time when they are most in need.”
“We approached Coach Chryst with the idea of The Team 2020 Campaign as a way to use our time that would normally be spent in spring practice to help people in Madison who are really in need of support in the months ahead,” Bob Dunn said. “Many of the guys on the team have come together to lend their time to help this campaign as a way of showing support for our fans.”
“In-home meal delivery is typically done around the holidays, but due to the virus and many families’ inability to get out and get groceries or receive visitors, we are seeing a great need to expand our support,” said Lynne Sexten, Agrace President and CEO. “Thanks to the generous donations and support from Team 2020 we are able to begin this program and are asking for additional community support and donations to help us build this program through the month of April and potentially beyond.”
Beginning this week, meals will be made by the culinary team at The Edgewater Hotel and delivered to Agrace patients and families by Edgewater employees. The urban resort’s executive chef Juan Martinez will be operating the program and employees across various departments will be deployed to deliver meals throughout the area.
The Team 2020 campaign hopes to expand its reach to other organizations that have a need during the ‘Safer at Home’ period. Any funds remaining once the ‘Safer at Home’ mandate is lifted will be donated to the partner organizations to help them continue dealing with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
Monies raised through the Team 2020 Campaign’s Go Fund Me page will be directed to a fund at Madison Community Foundation. From there, Madison Community Foundation will provide funding to Agrace, and depending on the success of the initiative, other organizations to fund the expenses incurred from the meal production and delivery. If you are a food and/or beverage purveyor that would like to donate items, please contact [email redacted].
Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported health care organization dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate care and support to people who are aging, ill or dying. With offices in Madison, Janesville, Baraboo and Platteville, Agrace serves nearly 1,000 patients across southern Wisconsin every day.
Liz Kopling, [phone redacted], [email redacted]
Brian Lucas, [phone redacted], [email redacted]c.edu
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