East Central Benefit Tractor Cruise, Inc.
East Central Benefit Tractor Cruise, Inc.

About the Benefit Tractor Cruise

The inaugural Benefit Tractor Cruise was held on Saturday, August 29, 2009 and what a wonderful beginning it was for a much anticipated annual fundraiser! The idea for the Ripon Green Lake Benefit Tractor Cruise evolved out of Lynn Pollesch and Jon Heatley's passion for collecting classic tractors, combined with their desire to raise funds for worthy causes. Their enthusiasm has been contagious, and many others have jumped on the bandwagon in support of their efforts.


In 2009, 14 drivers participated in the tractor cruise. Through entry fees and pledges collected, the Ripon Green Lake Benefit Tractor Cruise, Inc. was able to donate $4,000 to five area charities, including the Ripon Community Thrift Store and Food Pantry, The Ripon Area Food Pantry, the Green Lake County Food Pantry, the Ripon Area School District student basic needs fund and the Green Lake Public Schools student basic needs fund.


Since 2010, the tractor cruise has started and ended at the Jon and Diane Heatley farm. Their location offers a beautiful barn and display area for the tractors, plenty of parking at nearby R&R Wash Materials, and close proximity to the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy, through which Ripon College graciously allows us to take visitors on wagon rides. Also in 2010, the board of directors partnered with the Ripon FFA Alumni, which is very supportive of the event. The FFA Alumni donated the use of their tables and chairs for the chicken barbecue, and also served the dinner to more than 200 guests.


To date, $218,555 has been raised and donated to food pantries and public school basic needs funds in Ripon, Rosendale, Brandon, Green Lake, Berlin, Markesan, and Princeton.

Board of Directors

Herm Leitz, President, herm.leitz@myself.com

Wayne Albright, Vice President, waynenalbright@gmail.com

Rick Ketter, Treasurer, ketterr@gmail.com

Sue Amend, Director, amendsue@gmail.com

Andy Gallun, Director, andygallun@gmail.com

Robert Kuiper, Director, woodykuiper@gmail.com

Mike Mlodzik, Director, mlodzikm@hotmail.com

Bob Socha, Director, socha4@charter.net

Dave Wilke, Director, dcwilke@yahoo.com


2021 Board Meetings and Events
April 5, 2021 – Board Meeting
June 7, 2021 - General Meeting
July 5, 2021 – Board Meeting
August 2, 2021 – General Meeting
August 28, 2021 – Tractor Cruise
September 20, 2021 – Board Meeting
October 4, 2021 – General Meeting
October 9, 2021 – Funds Distribution

East Central Benefit
Tractor Cruise, Inc.

417 Scott St
Ripon, WI 54971


Lynn Pollesch
Jon Heatley

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