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Those who stopped into the Vault Wine Bar and Lounge March 8 had the opportunity to sip wine and shop for handmade jewelry while helping the Reedsburg Boys and Girls Club.

Twenty percent of sales at the event went to benefit the Reedsburg Boys and Girls Club, which opened its doors last September. DeSanto said it's now beginning its first full year fundraising and event season for the organization. The club also hosted a pancake breakfast with the Reedsburg Kiwanis Club to help raise money for the organization in February.

“The Reedsburg community is ready for it they are wondering what they want to do and people want to help,” DeSanto said. “So we have to figure out the best way they can help through fun and fundraising.”

Carmel Schramm, of Rhinelander, who owns her own business, Simply Living Jewelry, did the same type of fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club in Tomah. For 30 years she has made hand crafted jewelry out of US sterling silver. At the event in Reedsburg, she had several pieces available for purchase like earrings, neck wear, bracelets and rings.

She said in the 15 years her business has held the jewelry benefit she has raised $19,000 for the Tomah club. She “believes in the mission” of the Boys and Girls Club and has “seen the results” of not only what her benefit has done for the Boys and Girls Club, but also how the organization helps others.

“Where children have gone on to finish school, go on to go to college,” Schramm said. “I’ve gotten sincere thank you notes from children so they really appreciate the opportunity that’s given to them.”

“It’s been significant,” DeSanto said of the benefit. “This is a great tie in to the Reedsburg club.”

Reedsburg Boys and Girls Club Vice President Jodie Molitor said the money raised from the jewelry benefit will be used towards general programming, like its new teen center.

“It would be great to have additional money to put towards things for the teens to grow that program,” Molitor said.

In addition, she said its events like the jewelry benefit help raise awareness for the club, finding another a way to reach out to community members and donors. She said other fundraising events the club plans to host is a “big gala” in September, which she said is “still in the planning stages.”

“It’s another way we can reach out to the community,” Molitor said of the event. “It’s wonderful to have such generous people interested in helping and donating into the club.”

Contact Erica Dynes at 608-393-5346 or on Twitter @EDynes_CapNews.