Autism walk/run raises $5,000

On April 30, Sheboygan County showed support for local children with Autism during the annual 5K Run and Walk at River Park.

This event, held by Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club, Greater Sheboygan Kiwanis Club, and The Sheboygan Falls YMCA started with a Youth Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., followed by the main event at 9 a.m.

At least 100 people participated in the event, generating close to $5,000 which will be used to pro- vide iPads and funding for children with autism of families in need in Sheboygan County.

This amount is approximately five times what was raised during this event the previous year. “We want to give a big thank you to all those who supported our Pancake breakfast and our Run event this month, by participating or volunteering,” said Lynn Messer of the Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club. “The goal of our Kiwanis club is to make a difference in our community. That is why we put together events that help raise awareness and donations to support children with autism.”

Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club presented their 39th iPad to Liam Schmidt and his family during the event this past Saturday.

Governor of the Wisconsin Upper Michigan Kiwanis district, Jim Burmeister, officially presented the iPad to the Schmidt family. “It’s a blessing to see the difference we make with every iPad we put in the hands of a child with autism,” he said.

To learn more, or support the Wisconsin Upper Michigan Kiwanis Autism Project, whose goal is to provide iPads and funding for children with autism of families in need, visit

The first premium awarded for cheese made in this county was awarded to N. C. Harmon, of Lyndon, at the fair of the Sheboygan Agricultural Society held at Sheboygan Falls, September 24 and 25, 1857. It was not until 1859, however, that a regular cheese factory was started, when Hiram Smith took milk from his patrons and paid cash for manufacturing for a percentage of the cheese.

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