Employees of Michels Corp., Brownsville, Wis., recently combined with the Dale R. & Ruth L. Michels Family Foundation to donate $50,000 to the Salvation Army and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in response to the catastrophic earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12.

Spearheaded by Marysue Michels, “Project Haiti” set a goal to raise $15,000 through employee donations and an internal auction on the company’s Web site, which offered items such as four tickets to next fall’s Packers-Vikings game and a wide variety of Michels memorabilia.

Employees of the company raised nearly $25,000. The Michels Family Foundation matched the employee funds and made it an even $50,000.

The company celebrated its effort Feb. 5, with a ceremony in Brownsville, which was highlighted by the company’s participation in another cause — wearing red shirts as part of “Go Red for Women” to help Agnesian HealthCare raise awareness of heart disease in women.

Michels offices and locations throughout the United States and Canada participated in the week-long effort, which was led by the Project Haiti committee: Marysue Michels, Karen Wuest, Mark Hutter, Bob Wothe, Holly Luehring, Michelle Trapp, Kathy Wondrash, Brad Roehrig, Steve Wessing, Andy Lefere, Kathy Loppnow and Kevin Gitter.

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