Trustmark Voluntary Benefits donates $10K to Mel’s Charities

MEQUON — Every year, Trustmark Voluntary Benefits gives a major donation to a worthy organization. On Nov. 16, the Mequon office of Trustmark Voluntary Benefits announced they will contribute $10,000 to Mel’s Charities of Ozaukee County.

Vicki Kell, manager of billing operations, explained why Mel’s was picked.

“My son Cody has Down Syndrome and has played on Special Olympic teams with Andy Peterson and Ross Rintelman, ambassadors for Mel’s Charities. We know how much Mel’s has done to support Special Olympics, as well as other nonprofits in Ozaukee County over the years. We can’t think of a more worthy recipient.”

Tom “Mel” Stanton, the executive director, added, “With COVID-19 restrictions, we haven’t been able to raise funds through most of our signature events. Major donations such as Trustmark’s have never been more important. Thanks to this generous gift and outstanding support from the whole community, we’ve actually been able to raise more money than last year, so we can continue to impact people’s lives in Ozaukee County.”

“Tom is all about the community. He goes to all the events and games, talks to the Special Olympians, and encourages them to give back,” Kell said. “Everyone with Mel’s Charities treats these folks with respect, and when they get those high fives, their faces light up like it’s Christmas. Please support Mel’s Charities in any way you can. A little goes a long way.”

Mel’s Charities’ mission is to provide “Great Times for Great Causes,” supporting nonprofit organizations in Ozaukee County, with a strong emphasis on special needs, memorial scholarships, and human service organizations.

The goal has always been to help others while having fun.

Trustmark Voluntary Benefits awarded Mel’s Charities with a $10,000 charitable donation. From left are: Ross Rintelman, ambassador for Mel’s Charities; Vicki Kell, manager of billing operations, Trustmark; Andy Peterson, ambassador for Mel’s Charities; Scott Tickner, assistant vice president sales operations, Trustmark; Cody Kell, Ozaukee County Special Olympics athlete; Tom “Mel” Stanton, executive director, Mel’s Charities.

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