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Mack’s Generous Donation Continues Legacy

Mack’s Generous Donation Continues Legacy
January 20, 2015 Capital CampaignDonorsBusinesses

Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) is pleased and honored to announce an extraordinarily generous gift from Marlene Mack in honor of her late husband, Ken Mack.  Mack’s gift will support MOM’s vision to prevent homelessness and end hunger by helping fund MOM’s new facility on Parmenter Street in Middleton.

Ken Mack grew up on a dairy farm in Roxbury, Wisconsin.  He graduated from Sauk City High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin.  In 1961, he married Marlene Maier in Waunakee.  Ken founded Mounds Agri-Service on Highway 14 in Middleton and established the first Mounds Pet Food Warehouse on Madison’s east side which has grown into five stores around central Wisconsin.

MOM was started over 30 years ago with the mission to serve those in need within our communities with the most basic necessities, doing so with respect and dignity.  Today, there are more than 1,200 visits to both the Food Pantry and Clothing Center each month, with 43% of those served being children.  Besides providing needed food and clothing, MOM serves over 500 households every year with housing assistance which prevents individuals and families that are at risk of becoming homeless, an issue that is even more difficult and expensive to resolve.

In March 2013, MOM moved their office and distribution center to a larger location at 3502 Parmenter St. in Middleton, with increased capacity for fresh produce, food storage, and proper refrigeration.  The Clothing Center more than quadrupled in size, giving adequate space for clothing displays and ‘shopping’.  Our neighbors who need help and hope have greater access to the facility and can receive all the services MOM provides at one convenient location.

Marlene’s gift to MOM continues the Mack legacy of strengthening their community by supporting the need for human services.  During his life, Ken served on various committees and advisory boards.  “His main focus was helping those less fortunate with moral support and financial help,” says Marlene.  “Ken will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature.  His spirit lives on!”

“The Mack donation takes us to the half-way point of MOM’s 1.8 million dollar fundraising effort and helps ensure the long term future of MOM in the community” says Al Ripp, MOM’s Executive Director. “With the help of Marlene and others in the community, MOM will continue to help our neighbors in need, one household at a time!”

More information about MOM’s Building Hope, Strengthening Communities Capital Campaign can be found at  

(Photo:  Marlene Mack with members of the MOM Board - From left to right - Jim Hartlieb (MOM Capital Campaign Chair), Tim Carey (Vice-President), George Mavroulis, Rachel Newcomb, Al Ripp (MOM Executive Director), Nissa Judd (President), Todd Smith, Liz Meffert (sister of Ken Mack), Craig Keleher (Treasurer))

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