Brat Days Charities

Brat Days is one of the largest fundraising projects ran by the Sheboygan Jaycees. Proceeds are given back to the community primarily though donations. During the past 10 years, the Jaycees have donated over $300,000 back to the community to many different causes and projects within Sheboygan County. Listed below are some of the organizations, groups and projects that the Sheboygan Jaycees have contributed towards: 

  • Above and Beyond Children's Museum
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Beat the Heat
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Blueline Center
  • Bridgeway and Beyond
  • Camp Y Koda Boat House
  • Children's Christmas Party
  • Easter Baskets
  • Elderly Assistance Programs
  • Evergreen Park Ski Trail
  • Evolution
  • Family Connections
  • Jaycee High School Scholarships
  • Jaycee Quarryview Park/Building upgrades
  • John Michael Kohler Art Center
  • JR Brass
  • Lakeland College Athletics
  • Lakeshore Youth Players
  • Lutheran High School
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mental Health Association
  • Neighbors Against Drugs
  • North High Cheerleaders
  • People to People
  • Police Department K9 unit
  • Project Angel Hugs
  • Rainbow Kids
  • RCS
  • Shaw Family Plagroung
  • Sheboygan County Food Bank
  • Sheboygan Recreation Department "Field of Dreams"
  • Sheboygan Recreational Department
  • Sheboygan South Dance Team
  • St. Dominic Schools
  • St. Judes Hospital
  • St. Mark's Lutheran Youth Groups
  • The American Legion
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Sheboygan YMCA Springers
  • The Tee Box
  • Turkey Baskets
  • YMCA Swim Teams

2017 Charity Challenge

The 2017 Charity Challenge finalists are:

The Sheboygan Jaycees are proud to present the Charity Challenge as part of Brat Days! The purpose of this challenge is to give local non-profit organizations an opportunity to earn money while promoting their organization along with our festival. The Charity Challenge runs during Brat Days 2017 (August 3-5) and there will be a tip jar at each of our bar areas. The money that patrons put into these tip jars will be divided up among the participating organizations of the Charity Challenge based on the number of hours that their volunteers put in. The organization that has the most volunteer hours will receive an extra $500 on behalf of the Sheboygan Jaycees; second most volunteer hours will receive an extra $200; third most volunteer hours will receive an extra $100.

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2016 Charity Challenge

2016 marked the 4th year of the Charity Challenge at Brat Days. The first three years of the challenge we invited any organization in Sheboygan County with a charitable focus to apply and from those applicants the Brat Days committee selected three finalists. This year we decided to try something new. We approved all organizations that applied as long as they met the entry requirements because we wanted to give every qualifying organization the opportunity to volunteer. This meant that we had 10 organizations participate this year. These 10 organizations filled 84 volunteer shifts totaling 485.75 hours. This amount of manpower is amazing!

The amount of money that each organization received is based on the number of hours that their volunteers put in. So more volunteer hours equals more money! The money that we are distributing is comprised of $368.98 from tip jars, $500 from the Sheboygan Jaycees Foundation, and $500 from the chapter, that’s a total of $1368.98. The organization with the most volunteer hours is receiving an extra $500; second most volunteer hours is receiving an extra $200; third most volunteer hours is receiving an extra $100. That's a grand total of $2168.98 going back to our community!

The 2016 Charity Challenge Finalists

Organization Volunteer Hours % of Total Bonus $ Earned
Tilly's Pit Crew 84 17.29% $500 $736.74
Sheboygan County Humane Society 77.25 15.9% $200 $417.71
Optimist Club of Sheboygan 60 12.35% $100 $269.10
Animal Resource Center of Sheboygan 59.5 12.25% -- $167.69
RAYS (Runaway And Youth Services) 47 9.68% -- $132.46
Horizons4Girls 41.25 8.49% -- $116.25
Senior Activity Center of Sheboygan 35 7.21% -- $98.64
Rainbow Kids, Inc. 30.5 6.28% -- $85.96
Shaw Family Playground 27.5 5.66% -- $77.50
Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization (SCIO) 23.75 4.89% -- $66.93

Previous Finalists

Year Charity Tip $ Jaycees Donation
2015 Sheboygan County Humane Society $317.12 $500
2015 Weill Center for the Performing Arts $188.02 $200
2015 Alzheimer's Association $175.82 $100
2014 Animal Resource Center $580.45 $500
2014 Safe Harbor $356.42 $100
2014 Meals on Wheels $223.67 $100
2013 Salvation Army $303.57 $500
2013 Labor of Love $212.43 $100
2013 Rainbow Kids $182.88 $100