In 1995 Tom “Mel” Stanton and a group of friends gathered at Cedars Lanes in Cedarburg, WI to enjoy some great food and watch a little football. About 50 people attended. The group continued to get together each fall.
In 1999 everything changed, a good friend of the groups lost his sister to cancer. She was a single mother with a special needs daughter who participated in Special Olympics. The decision was made to hold a raffle during the event in her memory. $350 was donated to Special Olympics in her memory.
Mel’s Pig Roast mission is to have Great Times for Great Causes in Ozaukee County. Mel’s specializes in funding special needs organizations, high school scholarships in memory of individuals who have passed, and human service organizations.
We have become the known name in Ozaukee County for having fun unique events. As a team (all volunteers) we are determined to be a major source of funding for local organizations that meet our mission.
It’s been an amazing journey and we look forward to continue having Great Times for Great Causes!
Mel’s Pig Roast, through the generosity of those who support our events, was able to disperse $66,750 to the following in 2012:
Ozaukee County Special Olympics
Threshold, Inc: In memory of Donnel Lauters & Mary Nygaard
Niki Doedens Scholarship Fund
Ryan Refinski Scholarship Fund at Dominican High School
Ryan Refinski Immunology Fund/Children’s Hospital
TJ Beck Scholarship Fund
Cedarburg Scholarship Foundation/Brian Rintelman Fund
Grafton Gladiators Scholarship in memory of Rick King
Grafton Scholarship Foundation in memory of Matt Malikowki
Grafton Scholarship Foundation in memory of Craig Carlson
Grafton Scholarship Foundation in memory of Josh Davis-Joiner
Grafton Scholarship Foundation in memory of Chris Kalies
Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee
Starting Point of Ozaukee
Circle of Friends
Ozaukee Family Services Rainbows Program
Lutheran Special School
Colton Nevsimal Fund
Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee County
MACC Fund Sports Auction on TMJ4
Concordia University January 19th Special Needs event
Josh Davis Joiner basketball court at Veterans Park
CHS Community Service (Portal Prom)
Honor Flight in memory of Frank Boesch
Together 4 Ever Basketball Tournament
Gotter Bowl 4 MACC
Ozaukee County Scrambling for Funds
Allysa Dorfler Scholarship (Cedarburg High School)
Tyler Bushek Scholarship (Port Washington High School)
Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County
Big Brother’s and Big Sister’s of Ozaukee County
St. Vincent De Paul (Port Washington, WI)
Family Sharing of Ozaukee County
Camp Hometown Hero’s
Since 1999 $323,300 has been donated to LOCAL charites.
here to view a video of 10 years
of Mel's Pig Roast memories