In 2008-2009 a student council team, made up of 5 student members, decided they wanted to do a team project that would support their friend and breast cancer survivor, Carol Babcock, bring the community together and raise money for the Pink Ribbon Angels of Columbia County. Founding members of that team included Student Council Advisors Chris Lynch and Joy Bennett, and students Nicole Preskar, Sam Wais, Bree Miller, Ali Neesam and Eric Curtis.
These 5 young people set a goal in the first year of registering 100 people for their event. Little did they know how big it would become. With the help of community members like Carol Babcock, the Pink Ribbon Angels of Columbia County, special guest Olympian Suzy Favor-Hamilton, numerous businesses, friends and family, they attracted over 400 participants and raised almost $8,000 dollars in the first year!!
A second student council team made up of Team Leader Nathan Knitt, Donnie Radcliffe, Lindsay Johnson, Eric Curtis and Amber Becker, reorganized the event the following year. Their goal was to build on the previous year's success and raise even more money. With the guidance of Student Council advisors Chris Lynch and Joy Bennett, as well as adult volunteers Carol Babcock and Kari Johnson, this team achieved its goal and raised over $11,000!
In our third year we welcomed back our special guest, former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl Champion, LeRoy Butler. Team members included team leader Lauren Falsted, Eric Curtis, Angie Banks, Cole Kirchenwitz, and Kimmy Ades. Special thanks to our Student council Advisors Chris Lynch and Holly Downs and volunteers Carol Babcock, Darlene Curtis, and Kent Falsted. The Run-walk team raised $8,200 for the LeRoy Butler Foundation!
The 4th year was bigger and better than ever. Together we raised more than $16,000 for the UW Carbone Cancer Center! Congratulations team members; Angie Banks, Eric Curtis, Lindsey Johnson, Taylor Pomplin and Wyatt Cook. Special thanks to Student Council Advisors, Chris Lynch and Holly Downs, and our adult volunteers Carol Babcock, Kari Johnson, and Darlene Curtis.
Four year team member, Angie Banks led the way to a successful fifth year of our event. Team members included Alyssa Kuhl, Kemal Kirchmeier, and Lindsey Johnson. Once again our team of volunteers, including adult volunteers Carol Babcock and Kari Johnson, worked hard and raised almost $15,000 in donations for the UW - Carbone Cancer Center.
Team Leader, and four year team member, Lindsey Johnson was a big reason why the 6th Annual Bulldog Stomp would shatter the old record of $16,000. Her team members Carter Blochowitz, Jaimie Neuhauser, Mikayla Brouette, Brittany and Brianna Vosen, Myah Curtis, and Shelby Smith, along with Student Council Advisor Chris Lynch, and volunteers Kari Johnson, and Carol Babcock set a goal of raising $20K. Their hard work paid off and a donation of $21,000 was given to the UW - Carbone Cancer Center!
In 2015, Student Council President Julie Martin, would emerge as the new team leader. It seemed hard to imagine that the event could grow any bigger or raise any more money, but the team decided that it would set a goal of raising $22,000. One thousand dollars more than the year before. With that goal in mind, team members Shelby Smith, Carter Blochowitz, Kaylee Arnold, Brittany and Brianna Vosen, Jaimie Neuhauser, and Mikayla Brouette worked tirelessly to reach their goal.
The addition of two new adult volunteers, Carol Martin and Deb Smith were also integral to the success of this year's event. Special thanks to Carol Babcock and Kari Johnson. Each of them cancer survivors, who give freely of their time, talents and treasure every year to help make sure that the students and their event are successful. They are amazing women and we can not thank them enough. The 2015 Bulldog Stomp raised $22,000 for the UW-Carbone Cancer Center.
2016 would be the first year that the event would be organized by a student group made up of volunteers from the student body at large and not just student council members. Senior, Shelby Smith, volunteered to be team leader. Shelby was a 4th year member of the organizing team, and her experience helped lead the way to another successful year.
Other team members included Seniors; Brittany and Brianna Vosen, Jaimie Neuhauser, and Kaylee Arnold, Morgan Eberle, Faith Jerome. Juniors; Mikayla Brouette, Jennifer Kamrath,
To date, the Bulldog Stomp has raised over $125,000 to help fight cancer. What will next year bring? Come and find out!