Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

‘Helping the Homeless’ event moving from man’s backyard to fairgrounds on Saturday

September 5, 2018


After years of holding the event in his backyard, a Janesville mailman has moved Saturday’s “Helping the Homeless” fundraiser to the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The fifth annual fundraiser, organized by Tom Hathaway, will run from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8,at the fairgrounds’ Blackhawk Building.

The food at the fundraiser includes Primetime Towne Fryer, Steve’s Deli Dog House and Shortcakes Rolling Bakery, he said. Beer and wine will also be available.

Bands playing the event include Pivot, Time Travelers and Dem Horny Funkers.

Hathaway, known as “Tom the Awesome Mailman,” started the initiative by inviting people he met on his mail route of about 500.

He said he considers everyone his neighbors. The event started out in his backyard, which he said was not the best spot for accommodating 200 people.

Hathaway said he has raised about $26,000 from past events for several local nonprofits. The nonprofits that will benefit Saturday’s include GIFTS Men's Shelter, HealthNet of Rock County, Project 16:49, ECHO, House of Mercy and the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.

Dogs available for adoption will also be present at the fundraiser, Hathaway said.

Those interested in donating who can't attend the event can mail checks to Hathaway at 604 N. Adams St., Janesville, WI 53545. Check should be made out to “Helping the Homeless, care of Tom Hathaway,” he said.

Source - Gazette Extra

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