The Healthy Youth Coalition was recently awarded $20,000 from the Hugh Bretl Memorial Foundation for their most recent fundraiser held on September 11, 2021. This brings the total to over $120,000 that the event has donated to the coalition in nine years. In 2013, Hugh Bretl was tragically taken from his loved ones due to a drug addiction. In his memory, his father Mike Bretl has made it his mission to prevent this from happening to other families. Shortly after his son’s passing, he held a memorial fishing tournament to help raise funds to combat drug abuse. He heard about the Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette & Menominee Counties’ (HYC) financial situation with their federal funding nearing its expiration, Mike and his team made the decision to donate the proceeds to HYC.
“I can’t emphasis enough how important our sponsors are and how much we appreciate them. Without them, this event wouldn’t be successful.” Says Mike Bretl. He also goes on to say, “we want to thank Mike Biehl for the use of Edgewater/Applejacks and all of Pam’s hard work with having the event at their location.” Bretl encourages anyone that wants to be involved in planning the 2022 event, or interested in donating to the cause, to please contact the Foundation at (715) 735-5844. For more information on the Healthy Youth Coalition please contact 906-863-5665 ext.1038.
The Hugh Bretl Memorial Foundation and the Healthy Youth Coalition would like to thank the following sponsors and community members for their involvement in the success of the event this year: Green Bay Packers Foundation, Green Bay Booyah, RT Electric, David Queoff, GPS Heating & Cooling Systems & Service LLC, Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Aacer Flooring, Klema Painting, JET Industrial, Patty Hassemer – Assist 2 Sell Realty, Jeff and Heidi Stadola, IronHouse Fitness, Chrisman Construction, Ort and Sons Trucking, Bay Title and Abstract, Jon Konz – Rhinelander Country Club, Jimmer Wortner – Road King Excavating, Daryl Joy – Mountain Wood Furniture, Bob Sorenson, Jeff Gendron – Gendrons of Coleman, Drees Electric, Broadway Real Estate, Angie Furton, Wind Rose North Outfitters, Rite Way Truck N Stuff, Ron Caylor, Pack N Ship Marinette, Greater Area Marinette-Menominee YMCA, Berg’s Landing, Marine House, Tammy Topper-Maki, Great Lakes Sports Fisherman, John and Sue Krueger, Jim and Pat Jacobson, Main Street Electric Tattoo, Jack’s Fresh Market, Brian Nutter – The Style Garage, Polzin/LaValley Dental, Plutchak Fabricating, Konyn Fabricating, Lloyd Flanders, Lithocrafters Printing, Denise Zeman – Tangles Salon, Salon Nevaeh, Edgewater/Applejack’s, More Then Merry Band (Ric, Chris, Chad), High Rev Graphics, Batteries Plus, Prevea Health, Andy Biehl, Mike Biehl, Kristi Modschiedler and Jenni Hegeman.
The Healthy Youth Coalition would like to give an special thank you to Mike and Dorothy Bretl, and Jennifer Konyn, for all their hard work and dedication to the event year after year, and for believing in our mission and supporting our prevention efforts.!
Thanks to community support and agencies like the Tri-County United Way, we are still able to provide prevention services to our youth and their families in our community. Special thanks to the Hugh Bretl Memorial Foundation for making ANOTHER large donation to our cause! We couldn't do this without you!
Our amazing team of youth members belong to the 12 local school districts within the two counties. If you are in 7th through 12th grade and would like to join HYC, please contact us or your local school advisor for more information!
The Healthy Youth Coalition is a youth driven organization devoted to promoting healthy lifestyles among youth and their families throughout Marinette and Menominee Counties. We do this by building healthy youth activities and increase community awareness and knowledge of risk and protective factors, in order to reduce problem behaviors such as alcohol problem use and illicit drug use.
Since 2001, our coalition has been committed to making a difference in our community and our area youth and their families. HYC received a federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support grant from 2005 until its expiration in 2015. Since then, we have relied off of small grants and community support to continue our efforts.
The Healthy Youth Coalition would like to thank the Hugh Bretl Memorial Foundation for adopting our organization over the past eight years. We couldn't do what we do, without YOU! Thank you to all the sponsors who contributed to the foundation over the years who also made this possible.
Hundreds of cards were distributed to local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice patients over the Christmas season. Thank you to all youth members and their advisors who participated!
The Healthy Youth Coalition is the affiliate partner agency for the national "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library" free book program. Although free to the child and family, the program runs off of a $20,000+ a year budget to make it a no-cost opportunity for children 0-5. For more information on the program and how you can help us, please click below.
Tri-County United Way has once again voted to support operations and school-based and community programming for our organization for the year 2020-21. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to continue our partnership to provide prevention program to our youth and their families. Stay tuned for more information on our action plan.
This past December our Menominee ACTion Troupe members were surprised with an opportunity to present with a retired Packers player, Dexter McNabb! Thank you to Bellin for your support and providing this opportunity to not only our members, but also to the students at Blesch Intermediate School! Topics included in the presentation were; anti-vaping, anti-bullying, drug and alcohol prevention, and healthy choices.
Thanks to the Hannahville Indian Community and the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth, the Healthy Youth Coalition will be rolling out this campaign within Marinette and Menominee Counties. We teamed up with the Great Start Collaborative on this effort, to help support their mission of ensuring children are being born healthy in Menominee County. To check out our media materials please click on the link below!
In 2019, our staff worked with a Menominee HYC subgroup of youth to create an educational campaign on the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. The students did a great job with their designs and thanks to the Hannahville Indian Community, billboards were posted in the city of Menominee as well as within the county. The youth also purchased giveaways for our school presentations such as anti-vaping t-shirts and wristbands. The members were also able to purchase vaping prevention posters and banners for local school districts.
Check out the link below to check out where we have been handing out free medication lock boxes, pill deactivation bags, and more!