A big gift

Morning Update: Friday, March 18

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A big gift

Good morning, Madison!

We could get a couple of inches of snow this weekend, but warmer temperatures will keep it from sticking around. Spring is on its way! 🌼

— Sam

💸 MacKenzie Scott is making a seven-figure gift to the Dane County Boys & Girls Club.

  • Sixty-two Boys & Girls Clubs from around the United States will split a $281 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The Dane County Boys & Girls Club will receive an unspecified seven-figure amount.
  • The funding will be used as a “challenge grant” to support the McKenzie Regional Workforce Center, a training center focused on trades like plumbing and construction that is scheduled to open in 2023.
  • Scott is the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos and has given away roughly $6 billion since their divorce in 2019.

📜 “Wait a minute, what ever happened to that [abortion/Covid/education/] bill?”

🇺🇦 The Dane County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of Ukraine.

  • Two Monona Grove High School students helped cowrite the resolution, the State Journal reports.
"Hopefully everything's going to be over soon, because the amount of refugees is enormous, and some of the refugees are my relatives, my friends." – Kateryna Popava, a high school student with family in Odessa

🌭 About that sign at the mustard museum…

  • A sign at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton announcing it would no longer be displaying Russian mustards went viral last week. A picture of the sign has been retweeted more than 11,000 times.
    • The sign’s full text: “The Russian mustards have been temporarily removed. They will return once the invasion of Ukraine is over and Russia recognizes and respects the sovereign nation of Ukraine.”
  • But mustard collector-curator Barry Levenson says he’s had a change of heart in the days since the sign went viral, ultimately deciding it was unfair to Russian mustard makers. The Russian mustards are back on display, and the museum is going to post signage encouraging humanitarian aid to Ukraine instead, WKOW reports.

🍔 A so-called “ghost kitchen” started by The Nitty Gritty is expanding to Sun Prairie.

“It was an idea that Eric Sumnicht, our CEO, and Ryan Kirby, who’s our culinary director for the three Nitty Gritties, had talked about even pre-COVID times, and, I think, hoped would maybe develop into an actual brick and mortar restaurant location.” – Nitty Gritty Marketing Director Brandi Hintze

🐰 Is your pet super cute? Here’s a chance to prove it.

  • Madison Magazine’s cutest pets contest portal is now open. Photos of the winners will be published in the June magazine edition.
  • “All pets in the animal kingdom” are qualified.
  • Oh by the way, here’s the photo I submitted for my little buddy Phillip. We don't mind some friendly competition.

Phillip Edward Hoisington, whippet, 4.5 years old

🏒 Your lunchtime read: Madison Ice Arena has become an unofficial hub for sled hockey in the Midwest

  • From Madison Magazine: “Madison Ice Arena first offered an adaptive learn-to-skate class in 2008. Since then, the arena has gone through changes to allow for more adaptive opportunities.”

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.6%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.4%


📅 The weekend


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