Guatemala Lucky13 Fundraiser 2015



In early March, our International chair traveled to Guatemala with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Learn more about the trip here. See pictures from the trip here.




When we started planning our 2015 international service fundraiser, we knew that we wanted to have it before the weather turned warm. It can be difficult to get Milwaukeeans to turn out for anything indoors when it’s nice outside. We looked to the Friday of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which happened to be Friday, March 13th.


Since Friday the 13th is known for being unlucky, was it a good idea to have a fundraiser then? We decided to turn the unlucky meme on its head and focus on the good luck associated with St. Patty’s Day. The Lucky 13 Guest Bartending Fundraiser was born, complete with its own hashtag: #Lucky13GB.


As it turns out, luck was on our side. The amount of support we received from the community was amazing. AJ Bomber's has been a great partner and host for this event for the third year in a row. The Guest Bartending fundraiser has truly gotten bigger and better each year. Many local businesses generously donated some fantastic raffle prizes, including an aerial flight around Milwaukee, a tandem skydive, Bucks tickets, a facial, Guatemalan scarves and more.


Rotaractors got behind the bar at AJ Bomber’s to make the Guatemala Gusher, Barcardi Limon with lemonade. Thanks to everyone who came out to AJ Bobmer’s and bought drinks and raffle tickets. We raised almost $1,000 for international service efforts in Guatemala!


Making drinks and selling raffle tickets at AJ Bomber's!





Milwaukee Rotary has been involved with water projects in and around Joyabaj, Guatemala for several years now. Our Rotaract group is exploring opportunities to engage with Rotaract clubs in Guatemala and met with the Rotaract Club of Majadas to discuss ways we can collaborate in the future. We are excited by the possibilities!



 Thanks to our host and donors!

AJ Bomber's 


 Skydive Milwaukee

 Kasana Restaurant and Bar

 Ewald Automotive

 Milwaukee Bucks

 EVO Milwaukee Gastro Pong

 Le Cocon Day Spa

 Wally Park

 Brew City Pet Services

 Keep Collective- Courtney Ihde




Milwaukee Home



 Dana Dewildt,

Picturesque Massage Therapy

(newly open for business)



 Rollin Gieker

(donated an aerial flight around Milwaukee)




Many thanks to all the businesses who donated raffle prizes, to Sign-A-Rama for donating our beautiful Fundraiser banner, and to AJ Bomber's for  hosting the fundraiser.

Shout-out and special thank-you to Rotaract President Janine Kolbeck and International Chair Jessica Boling for personally donating raffle prizes!


Looking forward to next year!