Caron Butler Celebrates the Racine Community With A "Day of Service"

NBA Player Caron Butler hosted a “Day of Service” to recognize the honor that was bestowed upon him several years ago. June 8th was recognized as “Caron Butler Day” throughout the city of Racine for Butler’s contribution and philanthropic endeavors in the community. During this day of service, Butler made appearances at various agencies and organizations that support his beliefs of community engagement

“There is no better way to commemorate the honor that was given to me than to celebrate the community and the hard work of local social service agencies and community stakeholders. I grew up here, my family is here and through this Day of Service I hope to inspire everyone to get involved in this community," said Butler."

United Way president Dave Maurer noted “Caron does a lot for others year round, that many people don’t hear about. His willingness to give of his time and his talent, as well as provide resources demonstrates what we mean when we ask people to ‘LIVE UNITED’. He is a sincere, thoughtful and generous man. We are delighted to be working with him on behalf of the Racine community.”

Caron Butler Day of Service began 8:00 am at the Racine Family YMCA where Butler served breakfast and participated in activities with their Active Older Adult program. Butler followed with a meeting with Mayor John Dickert at 9:30 am at City Hall. From 10:30-11:30 am, Butler met with Barb Tylenda, Executive Director of the Healthcare Network, an organization the provides free medical and dental services for the uninsured, as well as individuals whose lives have been changed by the services provided by the organization.

Butler met with members of the Racine Family YMCA’s Fatherhood Initiative for a working lunch at Spinnakers Restaurant. After lunch, Butler made visits to the local homeless shelter, HALO and the Racine County Food Bank to help volunteers sort food and clothing donations for distribution to those in need; and from there he toured Bethany Apartments and met with program participants to learn of their experiences. Butler then returned to Cops and Kids for the third consecutive year and hosted a reading timeout from 3:45-5:00 pm.

Butler closed out the day with a networking event with some of Racine’s community leaders to discuss how they can all work together to achieve the common goal of improving the Racine community.