Let’s party

Members of the 2018 White Hot Party planning team and Green Lake Renewal jump for joy thinking about this year’s party. The celebration will take place Saturday, July 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Joe and Tina Pregont’s home on Green Lake’s Sugarloaf Point. submitted photo

by Ariana Hones

It is an all-white event that happens just once a year and no, it isn’t the snow-filled cheer of Christmas time and sugar-coated sweets.

It is the annual White Hot Party to benefit the revitalization efforts of local non-profit Green Lake Renewal.

Although this event won’t involve a merry old man touting gifts for young children, festivities at this party are sure to benefit the Green Lake community for years to come.

Entering its third year, the party is an all-white-attire affair where people can “mix and mingle” over food and drinks, while raising funds for the major projects of Green Lake Renewal that aim to bring increased liveliness to the community.

The White Hot Party will take place Saturday, July 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the home of Joe and Tina Pregont on Green Lake’s Sugarloaf Point.

“Joe and Tina both have long family histories in Green Lake,” said Fran Hill of Green Lake Renewal. “Their generosity to the community has been nothing short of incredible. We are so grateful for their support of Green Lake and their involvement in bringing vibrancy to our area.”

Last year’s party took place at of Rip and Sue Suster’s home in Maplewood Estates and was attended by more than 180 community members.

With a goal of raising $50,000 to kick-start the Mill Pond Terrace Project, the 2017 White Hot Party concluded with $92,000 raised.

The hardscape portion of the Mill Pond Terrace project, including excavation, concrete and retaining walls, began earlier this May.

Members of Green Lake Renewal hope that this year’s party will raise enough funds to complete phase two of the project, which will include items such as lighting, landscaping and moveable outdoor furniture.

“Our outdoor markets have been growing like mad,” Hill said. “The presence of vendors, customers, music and food have really brought our town alive. Every weekend now, I hear, ‘Wow. Green Lake is really hopping.’ Mill Pond Terrace will expand on that great momentum.”

The Mill Pond Terrace is a $200,000 project that will work towards bringing more usable space to the downtown’s growing markets, artistic venues and event spaces.

“We live in an unbelievable community of people who care,” Hill said. “It was really awe-inspiring to see our friends and neighbors confidently saying, ‘Let’s make this happen.’”

The 2018 White Hot Party is festivities with a mission: To reinvigorate a beloved lakeshore community. Though the drinks and food are sure to be tasty, the future projects that will come from one’s attendance will be even harder to pass up.

Although Green Lake community members need to wait another six months until they can be dreaming of sugar plums and a kiss under the mistletoe, attendees of this party bedecked in white are sure to fall asleep July 14 imagining the shimmery lights of the future Mill Pond Terrace after a successful Friday market, live music and lake-side fishing: a present come early. A community that truly has been revitalized.

Tickets may be purchased at the Town Square Community Center, by calling 920-807-0008 and online at www.greenlakerenewal.org/whitehotparty/.

Green Lake Renewal, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing the community, was responsible for creating the Deacon Mills Wharf and many downtown Green Lake beautification projects.

Green Lake Renewal now operates the Town Square Community Center, Green Lake Fitness 24/7, and the Green Lake Kitchens business incubator.

For more information, visit www.greenlakerenewal.org or call 920-807-0008.