Brats add sizzle to goodwill causes

by Dave Boehler
for The Beacon

Since their daughter was born 16 weeks early and weighed 1 pound 13 ounces, they show their appreciation to all those involved on a yearly basis.

This year, Dan and Abby Miller hosted a brat fry last Friday at the Piggly Wiggly in Plymouth.

“We really didn’t know what to expect at all,” Dan said.

A total of $2,190.76 was raised – after expenses – and all of it will be donated to Children’s Wisconsin hospital.

“I’d say it was pretty successful and we’re kind of surprised how supportive the community was, because it was on a Friday,” Abby said. “So we weren’t really expecting that many people to come, just because they’re at work and stuff. So we were more so expecting people to come on their lunch breaks, but it was pretty consistent throughout the day of people coming for brats and hamburgers.”

Their now-healthy daughter, Harper, turned 4 on May 27, even though doctors never figured out why she was born so early.

Abby and Dan started to give back by donating gift bags to families in the neonatal intensive care unit. They served meals at the Ronald McDonald House the following year, but that stopped when the pandemic arrived, so instead they donated books to the House last year.

The Millers say they probably will not do another brat fry next year, but another one could be in their future.

“In a few years we’ll probably do something like that again,” Abby said.

The Children with Cancer of Sheboygan County’s annual brat fry was another success.

A total of $13,544 – after expenses – was raised in four hours June 11 at Miesfeld’s Triangle Market. And 96 dozen hard rolls were used.

“It just shows the support of the community,” said Children with Cancer president Tyson Gutschow said. “They showed up, even though I was a little worried because it was graduation weekend. I’m thinking, oh boy, they moved graduation to a Saturday now and now it’s the same time as the brat fry. But they still came out.

“Somebody brought a check for $500, someone brought a check for $1,000. And then there were a bunch of other smaller donations. We had donation jars out there and people just stopped. The majority of the people obviously picked up a sandwich, but some people just saw the donation jar, asked what it was for and put money in. That was pretty cool.” 

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