When the Johnson Creek School District hosted their One Team One Dream Campaign Kick Off event back in June, they received a pledge of $100,000 towards its new athletic fields but the donor was not publicly named at that time. The district has just announced the Wuestenberg Family of J & L Tire and Service Center is that donor and has secured the naming rights to the new softball and baseball diamonds that will be located at the new Johnson Creek Middle/High School.
Jim and Lyle Wuestenberg, owners of J & L Tire, would like to make this donation in memory of their parents Wilbert “Bud” & Freida Wuestenberg and in honor of their children: Jason, Chad, Krystle, Brian, Sarah, and Justin and grandchildren: Emma, Alex, Cooper, Sawyer, Corbin, Kobe, Collin and Maylee.
“J&L Tire is celebrating our 25th year in business and we would like to thank our customers and the community for supporting us through the years. We have the best and greatest employees working for our company. We want to thank you and give back to our community that has given so much to us. We would like to give Johnson Creek the gift of sponsoring two baseball fields for the future and success of the community.”
Lyle & Jim came to Johnson Creek 38 years ago and worked for Al & Del Hinze at Red Eagle truck stop, which was located where the Pine Cone Travel Plaza is now. On June 1st, 1990 Jim, Lyle and Tami Wuestenberg formed J&L Tire, Inc. and spent most of their lives in the Johnson Creek area. In 1995 Jim married Tammy and she became part of the J&L Tire team.
Lyle & Jim’s dad played baseball for most of his life and he played in Farmington, WI. “I remember my mom telling me when they got married, they had to postpone their honeymoon because dad had a baseball tournament the next day” Lyle said and laughed. He added “Our dad even built us a ball field in our back yard. It had the fencing, dugouts, chalk lines; everything! We would all have a big family game on Father’s Day.” The family tradition continues on as Jim & Lyle’s children and grandchildren enjoy playing baseball and softball as well.
Lyle added, “Johnson Creek has a lot of great things going on. Our village is growing and our new school is coming in the fall of 2016. Johnson Creek is a good place to live, work and to go to school.”
Dr. Michael Garvey, Johnson Creek School District Superintendent stated,“It is wonderful to partner with Johnson Creek businesses like J & L Tire. We are grateful for their continued support in our schools and community.”
The significant donation is not the only contribution the Wuestenberg family is making to the campaign. Lyle Wuestenberg also serves as the One Team One Dream Honorary Chair and he is planning a golf outing for September 22, 2016 to help raise more funds for the campaign.
“Lyle has been instrumental in this campaign” added campaign chairperson, Paula Constable. “He brings a contagious enthusiasm and always has great ideas! We are fortunate to have him in our community as he has always been a great supporter of our students and schools.”
J & L Tire Service Center opened its Johnson Creek location in 1990 and then added a second location in Watertown in 2013. J & L Tire provides motorists in the area with comprehensive tire and auto repair services. Jim & Lyle started with 3 employees and today employ 37 employees.
With the Wuestenberg donation, the One Team One Dream campaign has now raised $697,500 towards the $2.5 million goal for the football field and track, game field for baseball, game field for softball and practice fields at the new school site.
Campaign volunteers are currently working on the One Team One Dream Gala, which takes place on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Elks Lodge in Watertown. The major fundraising event will include silent and live auctions, dinner and drinks, and live entertainment featuring dueling pianos. Lynn Dickey, Former Green Bay Packer quarterback and Hall of Fame Inductee, will give the keynote.
Constable noted, “We are seeing an excellent response to the Gala. We have already sold 100 of the 200 tickets and we are still two months out. It’s a going to be a really fun event for our guests and we’ll also be raising money for a great cause. It’s a win – win!”
The One Team One Dream website, www.jconeteamonedream.com, outlines the different levels of support and also includes renderings of the project and different ways individuals and businesses can contribute to the capital campaign. Additional information is available on the Johnson Creek School District’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.