MERRILL, Wis. – Church Mutual Insurance Company employees raised nearly $10,000 for numerous causes during special one-day fundraisers held from March through October.

They raised $3,000 in March for JoJo’s Jungle, a playground at Brockmeyer Park in Wausau for children of all abilities.

In May, employees raised $1,480 for the Merrill Summer Lunch program. It offered to the hungry a free healthy lunch on weekdays during the summer. The program is sponsored by five Merrill churches.

Employees raised $1,347 for the Humane Society of Lincoln County and $1,395 for Merrill Area Junior Achievement in June.

They were back at it in August, raising $1,230 for the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention.

And in October, employees raised $1,539 for the Raptor Education Group in Antigo, Wisconsin. The raptor group is dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured or orphaned native bird species.

Photo: Church Mutual representatives Beth Nettesheim (back row from left) and Rose Skic, present JoJo ’s Jungle creators Destiny Hoerter and Patrick Hoerter with $3,000 raised by Church Mutual employees. They are pictured with the Hoerters’ children Elijah (back row), Jasmine (front row from left), Micah and Isaiah.