Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County Executive Director Laura Roenitz had tears in her eyes as she talked about what the Lakeland College women’s tennis team has done for the community.
“I can’t tell you how incredibly in awe I am of these young women,” Roenitz said. “Young women helping other women. I get a little bit choked up when I talk about it. They’re amazing.”
Lakeland’s women’s tennis team took a van to Sheboygan last week to present Roenitz with a check for $2,064. The Muskies raised the money for Safe Harbor, a shelter for abused women and children, through pledges they earned by scoring points in their final match of the season last month.
Roenitz said after news of the fundraiser got out in the community, she received three phone calls from citizens who pledged personal checks of their own for the cause.
During the team’s visit, the eight players and Lakeland head coach Casey Carr sat with Roenitz and listened intently as she described Safe Harbor’s mission and work in the community. Roenitz stressed that the team’s donation will go a long way toward providing food, shelter and other necessities for those who turn to Safe Harbor for help.
Carr, who conceived the fundraiser idea, told Roenitz this would be an annual event moving forward.