UPDATE: US Venture Open raises more than $4.4 million during media-thon

The online auction event helped raise funds for vulnerable community members
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 9:32 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2020 at 1:11 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The annual U.S. Venture Open golf fundraiser that aims to fight poverty may have been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t stop donations from coming in throughout the day during the media-thon.

Event organizers say the grand total raised Wednesday amounted to $4,420,455, just shy of a $4.5 million goal.

The event started at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and ended at 8 p.m.

Staff took calls throughout the day to collect donations, which will be used to help non-profits put an end to poverty in northeast Wisconsin.

Organizers would like to thank everyone for their donations, as well as their support.

How to donate to the media-thon.
How to donate to the media-thon.(WBAY)

On Wednesday, August 12, you’ll see live reports on WBAY-TV 2 throughout the day during Action 2 News and a special, one-hour program highlighting the work of non-profit groups.

Call toll-free 1-877-221-5843 to make a donation.

“U.S. Venture Open: Drive 2 End Poverty” airs August 12 from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Throughout the day you’ll also catch live programming on Woodward Communications radio stations -- WHBY, WAPL, KISS FM, The SCORE, RAZOR, and KZ-104.3 -- to educate and inspire donors about how money raised by the U.S. Venture Open helps the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The US Venture Open TV and radio media-thon to fight poverty is Wednesday, August 12
The US Venture Open TV and radio media-thon to fight poverty is Wednesday, August 12(US Venture Open)

(click the image to be taken to the US Venture Open media-thon website)

Van Abel’s, long-time friends and partners of the golf tournament, will staff the phones to take your donations.

Every dollar you donate will be MATCHED by U.S. Venture, J.J. Keller Foundation, Oshkosh Corporation, Thrivent or ThedaCare.

The online auction is going on now! See what’s available and place your bids at or make a straight money donation on that site. The auctions close at 7:30 P.M. on August 12.

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